Aalerud, Sue Rose

October 2nd, 2009

aalerudsueSue Rose (Earley) Aalerud, 80 years of age, of Wilmington, Massachusetts passed away on Friday, October 2, 2009, at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading, Massachusetts after a courageous four year battle with breast cancer.

Sue was born in Terry, Montana to Stanley Vernon and Helen Myrtle (Yarger) Earley in February of 1929 and has one brother, Robert L. and his wife Helen, of Columbus, Georgia. Sue lost both of her parents by the time she was 6 years old and subsequently left Montana. Sue was raised in Wakefield and Woburn. After high school she moved to Malden, MA where she met her husband, Robert. She attended Salem State College.

Of her many passions, some of her favorites included gardening and quilting, kayaking (which she remarkably learned at the young age of 78 and taught the same to her friends and family), being actively involved with the Wilmington Garden Club, the Wilmington Women’s Club, and volunteering for 19-years at Winchester Hospital. Her most favorite past time was spending time with her grandchildren in all aspects of their lives including soccer games, piano recitals, birthdays, graduations, board games, gardening, kayaking and just chatting .

Sue cherished her many years as a homemaker and working as a kindergarten teacher at Brookside Kindergarten in Wilmington, MA, and later in life working at Atlantic Gelatin/General Foods in Woburn, MA until her retirement. Sue will always be remembered for her unwavering positive attitude, boundless reserves of energy, her incredibly warm and infectious smile, gracious appreciation and support of family and close friends throughout her life.

Sue leaves behind her husband Bob, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage, and her three children, Bill of Reading, MA, Ken and his wife Janet of Tewksbury, MA, Elaine and her husband Mark Wonson of Gloucester, MA and her daughter-in-law Karen of Winchester, MA as well as her loving grandchildren Claire, Alison, Charlene and her husband Brian King, Kenny, Eric, Tim, Emily and Lauren and her very special and dear lifelong friend, Neska Berthel.

A celebration of Sue’s life with take place on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at the Congregational Church in Wilmington, 220 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA with a reception to immediately follow. Interment will be private. Arrangements are through Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

Donations in Sue’s memory can be made to the Winchester Hospital Foundation, 41 Highland Avenue, Winchester, MA 01890, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,or Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading, MA.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Aalerud, Sue Rose”

  1. Laurie and Ed Corey says:

    Bill and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. A mother is a person to always cherish in your heart and cherish the memories which I am sure you will. From reading about her, she seemed like a remarkable person and a very strong person who could handle anything she had to face, much like her son!! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Paul Ducharme says:

    To Bill and family, with my sincerest condolences.

  3. Art & Flo Rinker says:

    To The Aalerud Family, we are deeply sorry for your loss; we have been friends with your parents for many years and treasured that friendship. We will always remember your mother and her beautiful smile, also her positive attitude. Our love and prayers are with you all.

  4. Maribeth Canning, Winchester Hospital Foundation says:

    Dear Bill,

    On behalf of Winchester Hospital please accept our most sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. As a beloved volunteer of the Friends of Winchester Hospital she will be deeply missed by her fellow volunteers, our staff and patients. We remain grateful for her loyalty to Winchster Hospital and appreciate all she did to further our mission.


    Maribeth Canning
    Winchester Hospital Foundation

  5. Eric and Mary Wood says:

    Bill, Ken, and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your mother and all of you. We hope the celebration of Sue’s life brings you all fond memories and reminds you that she will always be with you.

  6. Paul and Buffy Thompson says:

    Our sincere condolances on the loss of your mother. From reading about her, she must have been a remarkable woman. We are sorry for your loss

  7. Christine & Eric Rochon says:

    Bill & Family,

    We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Eric and Christine Rochon

  8. Mary Ellen (O'Reilly) Powers says:

    Dear Bill,

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It was good to see you at Sawtelle during the last days of my mom’s life – I know they were both in great care there. You are in my thoughts,

    Mary Ellen

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