Susan J. Schwager of Marion, Mass and St. Augustine, FL passed away peacefully on November 1, 2022. Susan is survived by her husband and best friend of 50 years, Stephen Carnazza. Son Kyle of Marion and Nicholas of Rochester, Mass. She was predeceased by her only brother Linda Hettel.
Born to Herman ‘Bud’ Schwager and Alene Clayberg, in Auburn, Mass. Growing up in a household where frugality was the norm and became common practice in his own Schwager/Carnazza household. Suzie was one of the initiators of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, always enjoying the challenge.
Susan is a graduate of Auburn High 1970, New England College 1973. She began her professional career with Massachusetts State Human Services as the Assistant Director of Training. She became director of the Marion Council on Aging, expanding the limited services at the current Senior Center.
Susan loved the outdoors, whether it was working in her flower and vegetable gardens, walking with her many friends in the woods, miles of beach on Anastasia Island, sunset sails sun and dinner on SUE SEA. She loved to travel, visiting many countries from New Zealand to Scotland and Russia. And all over the United States, visit the many national and state parks. One of his favorite trips was rafting the Colorado River with his family and friends.
Susan was an avid tennis player, very skilled at hitting the ball where her opponent was not. In fact, “You’ve Been Schwagered” may have a considerable life at the tennis club. She was a tennis coach at Bishop Stang HS, member of Sippican Tennis Club, Marion Indoor Tennis, Marsh Creek Tennis Club, St. Augustine. She played USTA team competition in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Marion and St. Augustine travel teams. She was a member of the Bay State Senior Golf Association, attending many events with Stephen to enjoy the travel, the food and the people.
Susan was very active with Marion, being a board member of the Volunteers of Sippican School, Coastline Elderly, Life Stream Independent Living, Marion Cultural Council and trustee of the Elizabeth Tabor Library. For more than 20 years, together with her two friends Nita and Nancy, they organized the donated books for the library’s annual book sale. Raising thousands of dollars a year and providing a steady stream of books for Susie to read. She was named Woman of the Year by the New Bedford Standard Times.
In addition to her husband and sons, she is survived by her brother/sister-in-law Jim and Cory Carnazza of Edgartown as well as several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Marion Council on Aging Emergency Fund.
There will be a celebration of life service on November 20 at noon at Tabor Chapel in Marion, followed by a fellowship gathering at Marion COA Hall.
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