Susan E. Gaige, age 47, of Erwin Drive, Corning died Friday, April 22, 2005 after a courageous battle with Leukemia at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester surrounded by her family.
Sue was born December 8, 1957 at Long Branch, NJ the daughter of Jacquelyn (Bennett) and the late Richard Popovich. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1975. After completing the Nursing Program at Boces, she graduated in 1977. She married Tom on July 9, 1977 at the Burdett Presyterian Church.
She worked as a Teachers Assistant in the Corning School District. She was a Little League Coach , learned sign language, and rescued any stray animal. One of her great appreciations was listening to classical music and music of the harp. During the summer, she had Camp Susie for her nieces and nephews, children from abroad, and assorted neighborhood children. In Camp Susie she would take in children while their parents were away and showed them a fun time. She wanted all children to have love, peace, and security.
She is survived by her loving husband, Tom; children, Jason, Erika, David, James, and Christen; mother, Jacquelyn Popovich; brothers and sisters, Kathy Hamblet, Malia Johnson, Kristin Popovich, David Popovich, Daria (Michael) Beird, and Brian Popovich; sisters and brothers in law, Joyce Gage, Jeanne (William) Baker, and Daniel (Lorraine) Gaige; mother in law, Grace Gaige; Seventeen Nieces and Nephews; and many cousins.
Her family will receive friends Tuesday, April 26, 2005 from 5PM to 8PM at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY.
Her Memorial Service will be Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 3PM at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Rev. Dick Evans officiating.
Burial will be private.
Memorials in her name may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, New York State Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150 or the Leukemia Society of America Finger Lakes Chapter, 121 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604.