In Loving Memory of Dr. Suzanne Kirwin O'Boyle

Dr. Suzanne Kirwin O'Boyle

Dr. Suzanne Kirwin O'Boyle

Scranton, PA May 8, 1948 ~ January 14, 2019 Date of Service: January 18, 2019

Dr. Suzanne Kirwin O’Boyle, Ph.D. died January 14, 2019 following a heroic six week battle with illness.  Born May 8, 1948 to Michael and Ruth Regan Kirwin, she attended Scranton Central High School and earned a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education and an M.S. in Special Education from Marywood University, an M.S. in Educational Technology from Wilkes University, and fulfilled a lifetime aspiration by earning a Ph.D. in Human Development from Marywood University in 2008.  She dedicated her professional life to the service of the children of the Scranton School District, beginning her career there in high school and college as a payroll secretary at the Administration Building and continuing on as a regular and special education teacher at schools throughout the District until her retirement.  She finished her career at Prescott Elementary where she took it upon herself to plant a flower garden annually, a practice she continued after her retirement. 

Suzanne and Michael, her husband of forty eight years, created together a beautiful family of ten children: Michael (Nell), Karen (Lance) Tost, Ciera (Patrick) Doherty, Kerry (Grant) Callender, Kate, Shane, Matthew (Kerri), Colin (Melissa), Kielan, Kathleen (Michael) Connors. They were further blessed with nineteen grandchildren: Molly, Zoe, and Ben O’Boyle; Kaytlen, Ethan, Bridget, Dylan, Ella, and Owen Tost; Patrick, Saoirse Suzanne, and Brendan Doherty; Susan, Ryan, Eamon, and Sarah Grace Callender; Emma and Liam O’Boyle; Finnegan O’Boyle, many of whom she cared for daily in “Nana’s Daycare”.  She was an ever-available, beyond generous and caring, entirely selfless, endlessly strong wife, mother, and Nana.

Suzanne was the oldest of eight siblings: Karen (Ned) Martin, Rev. Michael Kirwin, Jean Marie (Howard) Decker, Robert Kirwin, Kathleen (John) Mann, and Alice Byron, all of the Scranton area, Elizabeth (Joseph) Galaszewski of DE, and John (Michelle) Kirwin of MD. She loved dearly her many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Had she lived a thousand years, it would not have been enough for those who loved her. 

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church where she volunteered as a lector, cantor, choir member, CCD teacher, and Pre-Cana leader, attended mass daily, and met with her beloved Rosary group weekly. 

Suzanne lived by Christ’s teaching that one die to self to live for others.  This was evidenced in her every action and interaction. Sue never met a stranger. The number of times and ways she offered assistance to those in need is incalculable.  Sue outfitted students with prom clothes, supplied refugees with household goods and tutoring, advocated fiercely for vulnerable children, sheltered victims of domestic violence and their children, quietly lifted friends and family in need, and the list goes on and on.

The best way to honor Sue’s memory is to reach out to a stranger in need.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave. Scranton, Pa 18509.

The funeral will be Friday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore with a Mass at 11:00am at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave, Scranton. Friends are asked to go directly to the church the morning of the Mass.

Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow

Friends may call Thursday from 4-7pm at the funeral home.

 

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Sandra Czyzyk
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Sue as a Catechist
Reply #22 on : Sat January 26, 2019, 21:57:16
My fondest memory of Sue, was when as a catechist, she did a presentation for parents that compared how she executes a special meal celebration at home with her family with what happens in Church at Mass. In my estimation, nobody could do it better !
Joan Petrucci, & Ed & Diane Miller
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Suzanne O'Boyle
Reply #21 on : Sat January 19, 2019, 17:46:23
Sending deepest sympathy to the Suzanne O'Boyle family over her passing. From St. John Vianney parishioners Joan Petrucci & Diane & Edward Miller families. God bless you all.
Joan Petrucci, &
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Suzanne O'Boyle
Reply #20 on : Sat January 19, 2019, 10:49:55
Sending deepest sympathy to the Suzanne O'Boyle family over her passing. From St. John Vianney parishioners Joan Petrucci & Diane & Edward Miller families. God bless you all.
E April baidal
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God of Peace
Reply #19 on : Sat January 19, 2019, 07:26:52
May The God of all peace surround you and settle your hearts in the days to come. May His peace rest rule and abide until you see His face.
My sincere condolences to the entire family.
Kate you are in my prayers. (PotterThomas)
God bless you and keep you today and always
April
George & Jo Ann Hallesky
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Condolences
Reply #18 on : Fri January 18, 2019, 20:04:06
Dear Father Kirwin and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Suzanne's Obituary is a true tribute to a life well-lived. She was truly a wonderful person who was there for people in their happiest or most difficult times sharing her wisdom and comforting when needed.
We have known many wonderful people, but we do not believe any of them could touch the lives of others the way Suzanne has done.
You and your family are truly blessed because you have known Suzanne, and she will always be a part of your lives.
May Suzanne rest in peace. Jo Ann and George Hallesky
Eugene Lvovsky
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In Loving Memory of Dr. Suzanne Kirwin O'Boyle
Reply #17 on : Thu January 17, 2019, 21:47:11
My sincere condolences to the entire O'Boyle family. I am very sorry about your loss. I know that she will be missed greatly.
She will be remembered by many.
May she rest in piece in heaven !
Anne Tierney
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Re: In Loving Memory of Dr. Suzanne Kirwin O'Boyle
Reply #16 on : Thu January 17, 2019, 20:22:50
This is Anne’s daughter Mary Ellen. I wanted to express our condolences from the Tierney Family. Mom has many memories of friendship with Father Kirwin and talked many times of his big family
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Maureen A. Gallagher
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My Deepest Sympathy
Reply #15 on : Thu January 17, 2019, 16:13:25
Father Michael and Family,

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your sister. I hope that the strength of your faith and the wonderful family memories you have will provide comfort now and in the future.
Much love and my deepest sympathy, Maureen
Nancy Wilson
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Sue O’Boyle
Reply #14 on : Thu January 17, 2019, 15:20:55
Michael and Family,
Jim and I were so sorry to hear of Sue’s death. We met years ago through Marriage Encounter, and were inspired by your love for each other, and your wonderful family. We pray that your sadness will be eased by many beautiful memories.
Anthony Slivinski
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Re: In Loving Memory of Dr. Suzanne Kirwin O'Boyle
Reply #13 on : Thu January 17, 2019, 12:58:18
Colin,

I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother...I have so many wonderful memories of your mom from back when we were in grade school together...May you and your family find comfort, strength and peace in the Lord during this very difficult time.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Anthony M Slivinski and Family
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