age 53, passed away on January 18, 2019 from metastatic breast cancer surrounded by her husband Mark Rosen of 28 years, daughter Michaela, son Max, and dog Wally. Susan, a native of Southbridge, MA, was a loving mother and wife. She had an amazing outgoing personality and distinctive and infectious laugh that could be heard across the room, which made her fun to be around and created many cherished friendships. Mrs. Rosen graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she met her husband Mark and was later a preschool teacher in Tewksbury and Boston. Mrs. Rosen and her husband were residents of Peabody, MA and Franklin, MA, where they raised their two children Michaela who is at Boston University School of Law and Max who is an undergraduate at University of Massachusetts at Amherst studying Computer Science, along with their dog Wally. Susan loved to paint, cook, and garden. She especially loved to travel, which she did many times to Disney World and the Caribbean, among other destinations. During Susan’s journey with breast cancer she documented her metastasis to the bones, liver, lungs, and brain on her blog letusbemermaids.wordpress.com. As a true teacher, Susan educated friends, family, and strangers about metastatic breast cancer and the lessons she learned along the way. Susan inspired many with her honest writings. Susan leaves behind her beloved husband Mark E. Rosen, children Michaela B. Rosen and Max F. Rosen, of Franklin, and dog Wally. Susan also leaves behind her siblings and their families Mark Shanbaum, Cheryl Trombley, Bruce Shanbaum, and Mindy Bessette. She reunites with her parents, the late Florence and Samuel Shanbaum of Southbridge. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend Susan’s funeral on Monday, January 21st at 12:00pm in the Schlossberg & Solomon Memorial Chapel at 824 Washington St., Canton MA, 02021 followed by interment at the Beit Olam East Cemetery, 42 Concord Rd., Wayland MA 01778. Shiva at her late residence following the burial and continuing Tuesday 1pm-4pm and 6pm-9pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Susan’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support women’s cancer research.
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