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Don't cry because its over; smile because it happened.

Shared by Rajeev Jain on January 20, 2021
This is a quote Susan wrote on the first page of her journal. I say this to myself when the sadness and pain of missing her overcomes me. It puts a smile on my face and I become grateful for having had Susan be such a important part of my life.

Thank-you God and Barbara Larson for putting Susan on this earth and allowing me to be her husband and life partner. The amazing memories we created and shared together give me strength to move along.

One of our fav songs we play for each other.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9u3c65LHIY

By Plain White T's, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4
Give me more loving than I've ever had
Make me feel better when I'm feeling sad
Tell me I'm special even though I know I'm not
Make me feel good when I hurt so bad
Barely getting mad
I'm so glad I found you
I love being around you
You make it easy
It's easy as 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4
There's only one thing
To Do
Three words
For you
(I love you) I love you
There's only one way
To say
Those three words
That's what I'll do
(I love you) I love you
Give me more loving from the very start
Piece me back together when I fall apart
Tell me things you never even tell your closest friends
Make me feel good when I hurt so bad
Best that I've had
I'm so glad I found you
I love being around you
You make it easy
It's easy as 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4
There's only one thing
To Do
Three words
For you
(I love you) I love you
There's only one way
To say
Those three words
That's what I'll do
(I love you) I love you
(I love you) I love you
You make it easy
It's easy as 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4
There's only one thing
To Do
Three words
For you
(I love you) I love you
There's only one way
To say
Those three words
That's what I'll do
(I love you) I love you
(I love you) I love you
1, 2, 3, 4
I love you
Rajeev Jain (devoted and loving husband)

2008 Christmas Eve in India by the Ganges River

Shared by Rajeev Jain on January 19, 2021
Christmas Eve in India by the Ganges River 

Anything is possible!

Shared by Paula Warren on January 5, 2021
Susan and I left on a trip to Mexico from San DIego.  She was always well organized and knew exactly what she wanted to see and do, and I was happy to follow!  I remember she took me out into the hills of Oaxaca bike riding.  Susan fell a few times but a not matter;  she just got up and kept going.  

After our ride, we went to various vendors' shops.  (Susan's home is full of remembrances of her many trips.)  This time, she saw an adorable hand painted child's chair.  I couldn't imagine her bringing that home!  How?!  Well, don't ask me how, but she managed to bring it on the plane with her!

Every time I saw that chair at her house, I had to smile.  Knowing Susan for 30 years, it was no surprise to see her demonstrate her constant tenacity for Life, once again!
Shared by Diane Lech on December 31, 2020
I met Susan in 2001 in San Diego through our mutual friend Paula. The three of us had a lot in common since we were all teachers still early on in our careers and each of us had just returned from studying, traveling or teaching in Mexico or Guatemala. We all loved the Latin American culture, food, music and men- so we had a lot to talk about! Having just moved here, Susan was living in a hostel in Little Italy and getting around using public bus transportation which is no easy feat in San Diego. But she persisted and eventually found a permanent teaching job and a more comfortable place to live. As we all got busy with our careers, we lost touch for a few years, and by the time we reconnected, Susan had married her amazing husband, Rajeev and continued traveling the world with him.

The three of us girls would occasionally meet after a long teaching day to catch up for dinner at one of the various ethnic restaurants Susan loved to experience. If it wasn’t for her, I would not have known about all the hidden gems – Pokez for Mexican, Sushi Deli for Asian, Aladdin for Mediterranean. She taught me so much about food along with many other things like art, hot yoga, homemade essential oils, investing for retirement. Susan was very knowledgeable and well versed about so many topics and current events, so when I needed information about something, I knew I could reliably reach out to her and get the honest, accurate scoop.

Susan truly loved helping other people. Her sincere kindness, abundant generosity, selfless caring was contagious, and a perfect example for all the generations of children she taught.

I am missing my dear friend beyond measure. It was a blessing for me to have been part of her life and in my heart she will always be.

Machu Picchu Here We Come

Shared by Irene Catanese Imbrogno on December 29, 2020
I had the great privilege of traveling with Susan, Rajeev, Kirsten and Jaci to Peru in 2009.  I went into this trip knowing this was going to be another travel inspiration.

We did a 3-day hiking tour around Machu Picchu, camped, saw ruins, and learned about the life of the Incas.

The hiking was very challenging and it was important to maintain a strong and positive mental attitude. Susan was "my rock" and a determined and positive force that would push me to keep forging forward along the trek amidst any breakdowns or doubts. 

She was so incredible and so caring of others.  She wanted to experience this amazing trek with all of us together, in unity!  Alas, we arrived, and as the fog lifted from the mountains that morning, we were all at peace! ❤

Adventures to Africa - Senegal and South Africa (Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park)

Shared by Irene Catanese Imbrogno on December 29, 2020
I was over the moon, thrilled, and extremely excited when Susan invited me to venture to Senegal and travel to Bonconto Village where Kirsten served as a Peace Corps volunteer. This was an especially culturally and enriching trip and I am forever grateful that I had I had the privilege of sharing this memory with Susan and Kirsten. 

Susan was right by my side as we experienced this amazing journey of love, family spirit, resourcefulness, and living happily and simply with less.  I truly learned the art of humility.  

On this trip my luggage was delayed from NYC and did not arrive to Senegal on time.  We had a 10 hour drive to the village and I had to deal with the luggage situation later.  Susan always had a solution to any problem and loaned me her clothes to wear for several days.  She proceeded to give me her African pants trousers which I wore for several days.  Our running joke was that I had to wear these "clown pants" until my luggage arrived. She quickly took my mind off of the situation, brought the situation to a positive light, and totally made me laugh! The rest of our trip was so incredible and I will forever cherish this memory.


Boat trip from mainland Belize to San Pedro town to get married.

Shared by Rajeev Jain on December 26, 2020
Susan wanted to have a destination wedding. In her usual fashion Susan did her research and decided for us to get married in San Pedro town.

San Pedro Town is in the south part of Ambergris Caye, in northern Belize. Its sandy streets are lined with wooden houses, seafood restaurants and beach bars. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a channel in an offshore reef. It features dive sites with parrotfish and moray eels, plus nurse sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley. To the north, Bacalar Chico National Park protects wildlife and the Chac Balam Mayan ruins.

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