Su­san Ben­nett Steele

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

CAM­BRIDGE — Su­san Ben­nett Steele of Cam­bridge, passed away peace­fully on Sept. 27, 2016, in Prince­ton, N.J., at the age of 73.

Su­san was born in Sal­is­bury, MD, the old­est of the three daugh­ters of Ros­alie Smith and Dill Gor­don Ben­nett. She is sur­vived by her sis­ters, Mary Ther esa Ben­nett, of Oswego NY, and Linda Ben­nett Cholewiak, mar­ried to Roger Wal­ter Cholewiak, of Lawrence Town­ship NJ. She is also sur­vived by her two neph­ews, David Cholewiak Ben­nett, mar­ried to Nancy Ulanow­icz Ben­nett and their sons, Sa­muel and Ja­cob, as well as, Steven An­thony Cholewiak and his wife, Sara Deus Cholewiak, and their daugh­ter, Cora. Su­san also leaves many dear cousins and won­der­ful friends.

Su­san was a grad­u­ate of Wi­comico Se­nior High School (Class of 1961), Sal­is­bury State Col­lege (Class of 1965) and the Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina (Class of 1967). She was mar­ried for 33 years to the late Hobart T. Steele Jr. of Burling­ton, NC.

In 2010, she re­tired from her 40-year po­si­tion as chil­dren’s li­brar­ian, book­mo­bile driver, and as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of Dorch­ester County Public Li­brary in Cam­bridge, MD.

Su­san was a mem­ber of

Christ Epis­co­pal Church in Cam­bridge and dur­ing her re­tire­ment, she worked at the Church’s Food Bank. She played nu­mer­ous in­stru­ments in­clud­ing the guitar, banjo, and her mother’s piano. For 40 years, Su­san’s joy was to sing alto with her friends in the won­der­ful Cho­rus of Dorch­ester.

Su­san loved the Eastern Shore of Mary­land, and cher­ished her friends and neigh­bors in the Cam­bridge-Sal­is­bury area. She trea­sured her dogs and had so much fun with her friends at the wa­ter aer­o­bics and line danc­ing classes at the YMCA. She en­joyed walk­ing along the Chop­tank River and “bird­ing” at the Black­wa­ter Pre­serve with her friends — just as her mother did decades ear­lier. In spite of fail­ing health these last few years, Su­san’s per­son­al­ity re­mained as ef­fer­ves­cent as al­ways.

Su­san wanted to be cre­mated, and she will be laid to rest in a pri­vate ser­vice at Par­son’s Ceme­tery in Sal­is­bury, MD, next to her par­ents, un­der the beautiful Lon­gleaf pine tree.

There will be an op­por­tu­nity to pay re­spects to the fam­ily and to cel­e­brate Su­san’s life from 2 to 5 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 10, in the Wheat­ley Hall of Christ Epis­co­pal Church of Cam­bridge.

Con­tri­bu­tions, in lieu of flow­ers, may be made in Su­san’s name to the As­so­ci­a­tion for Fron­toTem­po­ral De­gen­er­a­tion, Rad­nor Sta­tion Build­ing 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prus­sia Road, Rad­nor, PA 19087.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Poul­son & Van Hise Fu­neral Di­rec­tors, Lawrenceville, N.J.

SU­SAN BEN­NETT STEELE

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