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Susan P. Olsen

01/08/2009

Sue Olsen, 65, of Warren, passed away peacefully at her home with the generous support of the Central Vermont Hospice on Tuesday, December 30, 2008, after a 13-year battle with ovarian cancer. 
 
Sue was born on July 18, 1943, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Russell and Isabel Pollock and earned an associate degree from Kent State University. She moved to NYC where she lived until she met her husband, John, and moved to Norwalk, CT, and then to Reading, MA. A large part of John and Sue's life consisted of their love of skiing and Vermont. In 1971 with the help of friends and family they built a home in Warren, where they moved full time in 1979. Sue was the human resources manager at Controlled Energy Corporation for 20 years until 2003.
 
Sue and John filled their lives with friends and family and opened their home in
Warren to all who wanted to share in their joy and fun of living life to its fullest. Over the years they created an amazing network of extended family. 

Sue, the ultimate hostess of cocktail and dinner parties, was happiest when surrounded by those she loved and she had an extraordinary ability to make everyone feel at home in their home. Family and friends will always remember her strong spirit, her amazing energy, her love of people, her passion for life and the endless generosity of herself.
 
Her father, Russell Pollock, her mother, Isabel Ker Pollock, and her brother, Rusty Pollock, predeceased Sue. She leaves behind her husband of 41 years, John; her niece, Debbie Johannesen, her husband Gary and their daughters Jessica and Kirsten of Warren; her nephew, Ron Wicke, his wife Ann, and their children Brian and Erika of Trumbull, CT; her nephew David Wicke, his wife Rebecca, and their sons Taylor and Cooper of Fairfield, CT; and her many beloved friends.
 
Her family extended their gratitude for the support and love that the extended family of friends provided throughout the years and over Sue's final weeks.  Sue's passion for life and friends will live on in the memories and the many lessons she shared on how to deal with life's bumps while enjoying it to its fullest. 

Every moment with Sue was a gift and all were fortunate to have shared their lives with her. She will be remembered by many when skiing, dancing, enjoying good food or having a cocktail. Cheers to Sue and the countless people who benefited from knowing her.
 
An open house celebration of Sue's life is being planned for Saturday, June 6, 2009.
 
In lieu of flowers please feel free to make donations to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641, www.cvhhh.org, or Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 305, Waitsfield, VT 05673, www.mrvas.org.

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