Susan Dunleavy
Susan Dunleavy

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Obituary of Susan A Dunleavy

Susan (Houston) Dunleavy, of Pearl River, passed away suddenly on December 8th,2020.

Susan, affectionately known as Sue, was born in NYC on August 18th, 1936 to James and Rose (Curran) Houston.  Sue grew up in the 'Heights' and graduated from Cathedral High School (St. Joseph’s branch).  Shemarried the love of her life, Pat Dunleavy, on July 19th, 1958.  They moved to Pearl River in 1966, where they raised their five children and shared 37 wonderful years together until Pat’s death in 1995.


Sue is survived by her five children Susan, Cathy, Debra, Patrick (Jessica) Dunleavy, and Carol (Steven) Turilli.  She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Patrick (Maddie), Danny, Ryan and Grace Dunleavy, Paige, Emily and Liv Turilli.

Sue’s warm and welcoming spirit were known to all and she had a gift for making strangers feel like friends. A trip to Shop Rite was either a reunion with old friends or the making of new ones.  She enjoyed telling and retelling old stories which only seemed to get funnier over time.  Sue’s greatest pleasure in life was to play with and dote on her grandchildren.  Every day with the kids was spent singing, dancing and playing make believe. In turn, her grandchildren adored their Grandma “Gum”and she will forever be their favorite playmate.

Later in life Sue caught the travel bug and went on countless adventures with her dearest friend Jackie Chesman.  Traveling as far as China, Russia, Alaska and the Netherlands.This came as a surprise to her children asSue didn’t like to swim but went White Water Rafting, had a fear of heights yet she went Heli-hiking in Canada, didn’t love the ocean but went to the Galapagos Islands.  She made many wonderful and lasting memories from their adventures.

In her final years she was lovingly cared for by her daughter Suze, spent time with her children, grandchildren and all of hergranddogs. Sue’s childrenwill be forever grateful for the beautiful time she spent with her brother Bobo and sister-in-law Jeanne.  Regaling Sue with childhood memories and dancing with her to the music of their youth.  Bobo was the most caring and devoted brother a sister could ever wish for and Jeanne was the kindest of sister’s in- law.

Sue is survived by her brother Jerry “Bobo” Houston and his wife Jeanne and sister in-law Joyce-Ann (William) Houston.  Her many beloved nieces and nephewsJames Glackin, Kevin, Gina, Jo-Ann and Jerry Houston, Kelly Ackerman, Susan Spencer and Jimmy Glackin.

Along with her husband Pat, Sue was predeceased by her siblings Rosalie (Houston) Glackin, William Houston and Catherine (Houston) Dunleavy, sister in-law Dorothy (Dunleavy)Caltabiano and brother in-law John Dunleavy, niece Kim Accocella and nephews Anthony Caltabiano and Michael Glackin.


Due to the global health crisis the services and burial will be private.  Sue’s life will be celebrated in a larger gathering of family and friends at a later time when it is safe for all.  The family invites donations to be made to to help those in the most need at this difficult time.

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