Susan Jane (Buckley) Campisi

Born: Thu., Jun. 22, 1950
Died: Wed., Mar. 6, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 10, 2013
Location: Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:30 PM Mon., Mar. 11, 2013
Location: Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home

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Susan J. Campisi, 62, beloved wife of Michael Campisi died peacefully at home following a long illness (two battles) with breast cancer.  Susan bravely-fought her illness and beat the odds of survival that impressed her doctors and caregivers.  She was born June 22, 1950, the daughter of the late Thomas Patrick and Mildred Buckley. 

Susan grew up in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High in 1968, then moved to Methuen.   Joined MA Bell and worked as a Telephone Operator for 26 years until her retirement in 1994.   Susan enjoyed her job and the many fascinating calls she experienced over the years.

Susan was also known as “Susie” and “Buck” by her family and friends.  Susan shared forty years of marriage with her devoted loving husband Michael and was committed to her two Rottweiler dogs, Santos and Gus.  Susan not only loved her dogs, but had affection for all animals.  Susan had a special charisma that attracted animals to her.  She once found a stray cat or he found her and ended up caring for him for over two years.  She enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and rabbits in her yard.  She collected designer and stuffed bears, loved antiques and old country western music.

Susan’s strength and endurance was astonishing during her illness.  She was a member of Latitude Sports Club and worked out 5-days a week, participated in Spin and aerobic classes, and walked 4 miles a day.  She also assisted with the care of her mother during this trying time until her mother’s death.  Susan was a longtime and active member of St. George’s Primitive Methodist Church in Methuen, MA.  She actively participated in their fundraising events and was the collection secretary for a period of time.  She also volunteered to walk in the Holy Family Hospital “Cancer Walk” raising money for over 10 years.   She was very charitable always collecting helpful articles for donation to the Methuen, MSPCA and made monthly donations to St. Jude’s Hospital along with many other agencies.   

In addition to her loving husband, her dogs Gus and Santos, Susan is also survived by three sisters Janet wife of Donald Christenson of Duxbury, MA, Joan Griffin and her life partner Allan Legro of Peabody, MA, and Nancy wife of Daniel McKallagat of Salisbury, MA.  A sister-in-law Cynthia and her husband Rodger Alexa of Salem, NH and a brother-in-law, Raymond Vaillancourt of Lawrence, MA.  An aunt and uncle, Evelyn and John Anton of Atkinson, NH, and an aunt Margaret Dawson of Lawrence, MA.  As well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews, and friends.

Special thanks to Merrimack Valley Hospice and her niece Susan LaCroix for their devotion and loving care.   

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Sunday, March 10th, from 4-8p.m. at the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, MA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 11th, at 12:30p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at the Bellevue Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Methuen MSPCA. 

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Lori Scarelli
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
Auntie Susie, You will be so sadly missed by many. You are an amazing woman and an inspiration to all of us. I love you and feel very blessed to have had you in my life!!!Love Lori Scarelli

Donna & Bob Rosentrater
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
With deepest sympathy Mike and family. You are in our prayers.

Anthony T. Simone
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
Mike and Family,
So sorry for your loss of Susan. I talked with her a few times and met her once. She was such a sweet woman. I remember like it was yesturday. She came to pick up some property of hers, I told her that I may be able to get Mike a part in a movie because of his dred locks. She laughed and told me Mike wants to keep them forever. Just a moment in time and I could tell Mike was a lucky man to be Susan's husband. We pray for Peace for Mike and his family, in the comfort that you will see her again. God Bless.

Tony Simone.

Barbara Panebianco Blanchette
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013

Joe & Cindy Calcina
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
Mike, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Linda M Marconi
   Posted Sat March 09, 2013
Dear Nancy, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister, Susan. She certainly fought an amazing battle. You are all in my prayers. Love, Linda M Marconi

diane (slager) blackington
   Posted Sat March 09, 2013
Dear Michael, i am so sorry to hear about your beloved wife, may she rest in peace and may you know that she is not suffering anymore. You are always on my mind, and i know you will endure this as you have everything else. All our love Steven and Diane

charlie timmons
   Posted Sat March 09, 2013
mike so sorry for your loss.just read about it in the TRib on condolences to the rest of you family

Maureen ONeil
   Posted Sun March 10, 2013
Joan,Nancy and Janet,
So sorry for the loss of your sister. Please accept my condolences.
Maureen O"Neil

Chris & Larry Perocchi
   Posted Mon March 11, 2013
Dear Mike - we were saddened to hear of Susan's passing. She fought a long and hard battle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I remember a lot of the fun times Susan and I had together during our beach days. She was quite the character - I always remember that she nicknamed me "chooch". Much love and sympathy to you. Chris & Larry Perocchi

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