Susan Bennett Steele
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