Born in Newark, Susan moved to Brielle in 1969 where she had an idyllic childhood growing up on fishing boats and at the beach. She graduated from Manasquan High School in 1977 where she met her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Kevin. They were married at St. Catharine’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake in April 1982 and together they raised their four daughters in Manasquan. Susan was always so proud of her daughters and branded everything as “my4daughters”, and her greatest joy in life was to spend time with her family, especially her adoring grandchildren.
Always a hard worker, Susan spent many years in high school working at Skokos Drive-In Restaurant, Point Pleasant Beach. Following high school, Susan earned her nursing license and worked at Point Pleasant Hospital, private duty nursing, and for the last 11 years caring for the residents of Sunnyside Manor where she was affectionately known as Sunnyside Sue. In between nursing, Susan and her husband ran Kevin Thompson Tree Experts Inc. for more than 25 years. Susan was the backbone of their business and together they were an incredible and successful team.
Susan loved to travel with her family and friends, and Susan and Kevin took their daughters all over the country. They road tripped across America numerous times and followed their girls across the world. Her family was her life and she was pure and true, selfless, kind, and loving.
Susan was predeceased by her father Victor Florio, brother Frank Florio, mother and father-in-law Joseph and Patricia Thompson, and brother-in-law Mark Thompson. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Kevin, and her loving mother and best friend, Barbara Florio. Susan will be missed dearly by her four daughters Meridith Abeles and husband Aaron; Kelly; Ashley; and Megan. Susan is also survived by her adoring grandchildren, Tyler and Abigail Abeles; her two loving dogs, Cora and Kona; and brothers Daniel and Caryl, Donald and Teresa, and John and Amy. She also leaves behind her brothers-in-law Joseph and Michael Thompson, as well as many nieces, nephews, and countless supportive friends and coworkers.
Susan always said “life is too short”, and unfortunately in her case it was. With this in mind, we encourage each of you to honor Susan by enjoying life to its fullest every day, spending time with your family and friends, doing good deeds, advocating for yourself and others, and being kind to everyone.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday October 14 from 4-8 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ 08736. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Friday October 15 at the Church of St. Catharine, 215 Essex Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Home for Good Dog Rescue, Inc. 465 Springfield Ave Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922 (https://homeforgooddogs.org/) or Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association 18 East Main Street Suite 202 Denville, NJ 07834 (https://4hcm.org/donate/). To send condolences to the family please visit http://www.orenderfamilyhome.net.
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