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Susan A. Piazza

February 4, 2024
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Susan Piazza Obituary

Susan Piazza of Lawrence passed peacefully while surrounded by loved ones on February 4, 2024. She was born in Lawrence on September 9,1953 to Jacqueline and Gregorio Piazza.

Susan was a proud veteran, having served in the US Navy on the Admiral’s Staff in Millington, TN during the Vietnam Era. She headed the Communications Dept. and served in the Judge Advocate General’s office until a severe case of Crohn’s Disease sidelined her military career. Her GI Bill allowed her to receive her B.S. in Mass Communications from Emerson College.

She continued to write during subsequent decades of hospitalizations and surgeries. Susan had begun writing at 15 and her plays were first published and performed at age 16. She kept a daily journal for over 50 years. She wrote her first novel, “A Bird Call That Isn’t,” and the sequel, “Destiny’s Daughter” will be out in 2024. She has also been published in several books of poetry.

Well-traveled, she lived in Holland, Hawaii, and many states in between, and had many stories from her trips around the world with her mother.

Susan was an unrelenting advocate for veterans and life’s most vulnerable. She remained active in veteran issues and served as commander for an American Legion post and for Disabled American Veterans. She also assisted veterans as a claims officer, helping them and their families file for benefits. She was active in the American Legion posts of Methuen and Andover, and was a member of the American Legion’s Twenty and Four, an honor society of women legionnaires created to recognize the achievements of those who have rendered outstanding service to the American Legion. She is one of the few women highlighted in “North of Boston: Salute to Veterans,” and was a charter member of the Women in Military Service Association. In addition, she was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for which she did publicity.

Susan was a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and spoke at the State House in Boston to help those with pre-existing conditions obtain affordable healthcare. She was a devoted owner of dogs over the years and was an avid supporter of animal rights.

Susan is survived by her brother, Gregory Piazza, her sister, Cathy St. Pierre, and her three nieces, and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday February 16, 2024 from 9 am to 11 am at the Dewhirst Boles Funeral Home 80 Broadway, Methuen. Burial with military honors will follow in St Mary Immaculate Conception Cemetery Veterans Lot, 29 Barker St., Lawrence, MA.

In lieu of flowers, Susan wished for people to instead take a friend or a loved one out to lunch.

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Services

Calling Hours
Friday
February 16, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Dewhirst Boles Funeral Home and Cremation Service
80 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844

Military Honors
Friday
February 16, 2024

11:30 AM
St. Mary Immaculate Conception Cemetery
29 Barker Street
Lawrence, MA 01841

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