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Suzanne Paskvan
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New Gloucester - Suzanne Paskvan, most recently of New Gloucester, Maine, died on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, surrounded by her beloved husband and children. She was 69.

Suzanne was born on April 10, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York, daughter of the late William E. Cassidy and Nancy E. Cassidy (nee Murphy). She grew up on Staten Island, New York, and after graduating from Notre Dame Academy High School, earned her Bachelor's Degree from Wagner College, cum laude, in 1973.

Upon college graduation, Suzanne was employed as a child care worker at the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin on Staten Island, where she met her future husband Joseph, who at the time was employed in a similar capacity. Suzanne and Joseph met during gym class, and began a loving and dear relationship soon thereafter. Suzanne and Joseph married on December 29, 1972, at St. Ann's Church on Staten Island.

Suzanne and Joseph eventually left New York for Maine with their two young children following Joseph's transfer as a social worker from Brooklyn, New York Veterans' Administration to the Veterans' Administration Hospital at Togus, Maine. Upon relocation to Maine, Suzanne worked at the Reiche School in Portland and, thereafter, in the Cumberland and North Yarmouth school system, all the while as a special education instructor. Suzanne loved working with her students and found joy in helping them to reach their greatest potential. Following retirement in 2016, Suzanne continued in her role as "Grammie", frequently assisting her granddaughters with their math homework and having day-to-day phone conversations concerning the ups and downs of childhood.

In her free time, Suzanne was a voracious reader of mysteries and spy stories, loved taking short hikes in the woods, and enjoyed the companionship of her loyal Airedale Terriers, including Walter, one of her favorites. Suzanne loved tennis and baseball, and passionately rooted on her favorites, Rafael Nadal and the New York Mets. Although he wasn't a Met, her favorite athlete was Jackie Robinson, who exemplified for her the courage of the so-called underdog in facing and overcoming prejudice and unfair treatment.

Suzanne is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Joseph Paskvan of New Gloucester; daughter, Vanessa Habedank and her husband Matthew of Bakersfield, Vermont; son, Liam Paskvan and his partner Margaret Freeman of Portland, Maine; sister, Nancy DiCarlo and her husband Stephen of Staten Island, New York; brother, William Cassidy of New Jersey; her beautiful and beloved grandchildren, Dehlia and Keira Habedank; four loving nieces; and her Airedale Terrier, Wilmer.

Beloved Suzie and dearest Mother, we will mourn your loss and cherish your beautiful memory for the remainder of our days. You will never be alone.

Visiting hours and a celebration of Suzanne’s life will be held from 4:00-7:00PM, on Wednesday, May, 9, 2018, at the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. A graveside service will be held at 10:00AM, Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 75 Smith Street Yarmouth.

Memorial contributions may be made in Suzanne’s memory to the Hospice of Southern Maine, Gosnell Hospice House, 180 US Route 1, Scarborough, Maine 04074

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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home - Portland Chapel

172 State Street
Portland, ME 04101





10:00 AM
Holy Cross Cemetery

75 Smith Street
Yarmouth, Maine 04096

Memorial Contribution

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House

180 US Route 1
Scarborough, Maine 04074

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