Susan E. Zeppi

October 17th, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Susan E. Zeppi announces her passing on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at the age of 56.

Sue will be forever remembered by husband, Renato Zeppi, and children Jodi Tran, Teresa Smith, Rachel Kaufmann, and Rocco Scalfani. Sue will also be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Kyle Callinan, Olivia Smith, Sean Smith, Ethan Tran, James Tran, and Maxwell Tran. She also leaves behind her stepmom, Alvanelle Jackson Turbeville, her brothers Walt Turbeville and Tim Turbeville, and her son in laws, Stephen Kaufmann, Tri Tran, and Matthew Smith. She will be lovingly remembered by her dogs, Bella, Teddy, and Sugar. Sue has now joined her daughter, Faith McConnell-Zeppi, and brother Sandy Turbeville in heaven.

Sue was born on January 24, 1965. She was the daughter of the late Elaine Trachman and Obie Turbeville Jr.

Sue married the love of her life on July 31, 1993. Together they fostered over four dozen kids and adopted three foster children. Many of her foster children remain in touch with the family today. In conjunction with her love for fostering children, she fostered multiple dogs and rescued three stray dogs. Anyone who knew Sue would agree that she lived an extraordinary life that touched the lives of my people nationally and internationally.

Sue was very involved with volunteering at Grace Chapel, the PEER Servants organization, Place of Promise, and a network of animal rescue centers around the country. Not only did Sue have a big heart for helping children and animals, but she was also innovative and ingenious.

Sue was the founder and owner of a successful company, Pillar Realty Group. With an accounting background from University of Lowell, Sue was a controller of a former company in Wilmington, a former senior loan officer, realtor, and business owner.

In her spare time, Sue loved art and has created many beautiful paintings.

Above all, Sue was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Grace Chapel, 128 West St., Wilmington on Friday, October 22nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place in Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Rd., Lexington on Saturday, October 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Donations in Sue’s memory may be made to PEER Servants, P.O. Box 258, Woburn, MA 01801.

Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA.

Saturday – Sue Zeppi’s Funeral
Time: Oct 23, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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22 Entries in Guest Book for “Susan E. Zeppi”

  1. Elaine Cummings says:

    Sue, you will be greatly missed. Rest in peace dear friend.

  2. Pastor Claire says:


    You were a straight-up “Hope Dealer.” I am so grateful for all you did for our homeless at House of Hope Church in Lynn for so many years.I am also grateful for all you did for us as missionaries during GAW. I loved walking into Grace Wilmington and seeing you face light up with a welcoming smile that needed no words.

  3. Churchill Winston says:

    Mama Sue, you’ll Forever have a space in my existence.
    You kindness,love and generosity touched me to the core.
    And now dance with the Angels,we mourn you with the Hope of Glory that lies on Jesus Christ.

    Forever Grateful,

  4. Maurice Oketch Malelah says:

    Mama Sue, your demise left my and that of my wife Judith broken. However we were consoled by the word of God in Philipians 1:21. The true love, support you showed us as a family will live forever. It is still fresh in our mind how you, Sandy and Judith spilled beans and roster raw Maize together and making/cooking our local food. Apart from visiting us in Homabay city-Kenya where we live, you together with Sandy dared visiting our rural home in the country side, what a love! The Library you two helped establish where I work for the needy children is a testimony of your love for the children and a lasting mark for your temperance. You will live in our hearts forever. In your honor, God helping us, we will keep praying for/and keeping relationship with your family left behind. Maurice and Judith Malelah.

  5. Jephtha Malelah says:

    I love you Mama Sue. You are my angel I will live by the example you set with your big heart, generosity, kindness, love for all, for animals, for family. You were my rock Mama, my love, my friend. Rest well.

    Your Boy, Jephtha.

  6. Beth Kidd says:

    I cant believe you beat me to heaven!! You are such a good friend as well as a co-ambassador for Jesus!! I can just imagine the beautiful smile on your face when you saw Jesus and heard those words I long to hear,” Well done, good and faithful servant!”. Thank God for the Holy Spirit who lives in us, who will comfort us! Your loss for us is so huge and causes us so much sorrow because we love you so much!! I will pray for your family especially!! Keeping you in my heart, Beth Kidd

  7. Susan and Scott Schuh says:

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Sue, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. Carla StGermain says:

    Praying for Renato, Rachel and the whole family at this time of deep grief and loss. Sue was a special woman. She truly served the Lord in many tangible ways. May her legacy of love live on in the lives of her family and friends.
    You will be so missed, Sue!

  9. Sharon Ponzani says:

    Praying for Renato and your family during this difficult time.

    Sharon & Tim

  10. Stacie Murphy says:

    Sue, I am praying for you whole family. Your family who you were so very proud of. <3

  11. Ray Lopez says:

    I did not know you, but after reading about you and all you have done for the needy, helpless and hopeless, I feel the loss that your passing will bring to those who had the privilege to have known you. Your legacy is in the memories of all those who you have selflessly helped over the many years. May you dance with angels. Rest in peace

  12. Paul and Paula Lunn says:

    Your absence will be felt by many as you touched so many lives in your short life here on earth. For those who knew you, we know you are in your father’s house praising him all of your days now. We will, forever, remember you Sue.

  13. Rafik says:

    Sue, maybe it was just a few hours as a whole, in which we met along my short visits to Grace. Yet the impact of it will last my whole life.

    I tried to find words that explain the mixture of feelings and thoughts in my heart and mind towards you, but words are not enough to express the deep love, respect and admiration I have for you.

    I am saddened for to loss of dear Sister and my heart goes out towards your family and loved ones during this difficult time. Our comfort lies in the hope that you is with Jesus, whom you served so well and of seeing you again.


  14. Sue and Lauren lampiasi says:

    We will be forever grateful for all she did for Lauren. She was the Mom to everyone At SCOB. So very sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to the family. Thinking of you all.

  15. Erika Haas says:

    I miss you, Sue. You were a force of nature — unlike anyone else I have ever known. My heart goes out to Renato and your entire family, but I know you all will get through this together because of the strength that Sue, the quintessential matriarch, imbued in us all.

  16. Pierre Claver NKUNZABAGENZI says:

    I will never forget her love for others and her dedication to humanity. Sue, you left us early and I steal owe you the debt of all your good deeds to me. I wish I could see you again but I am sure that the death no longer has dominion over the sons and daugthers of Christ. Christ has been raised from the dead and likewise will be those who believe in Him. My hope is to meet you again in heaven my sister Sue. Rest in peace in Christ’s bosom.


    The world is mourning. Kenya is mourning. Peerservants are mourning. Every one is mourning. Sue was a great soldier in the army of the Lord – 21 gun salute to you. Your big heart and love for God’s creations will forever be remembered. Good night Sue, Good night grandma, goodnight mum, good night friend, goodnight sister; see you in the morning when the trumpet sounds.

  18. Patti Hobart says:

    What a presence Sue had in this world! I can hear her voice and laughter clearly even as I write. Her love for and support of Abundant Life Christian School was a deep and lasting blessing to me personally and to all the ALCS families touched and helped by her efforts on their behalf.
    My prayers are that God will be so near to you, Renato, and all your family.
    Hallelujah! Heaven is our true home. We will hear her voice and laugh together again! Our certain hope….With love from Georgia, Mrs. Hobart

  19. Linda Sylvester says:

    Sue, I remember going to Grace Chapel the first time and you stopped me in the parking lot and asked if I was new to the church. You were so welcoming. You invited me to join a Bible study that you and Renato hosted out of your home. I enjoyed meeting and getting
    to know wonderful people. You both were great hosts.Also your love for children and animals were so evident. As a former foster child, I loved the passion you both have. Prayers and thoughts for Renato, Rocco, Rachel, and the rest of the Zepppi family. You now have wings toto fly. ?

  20. Linda Sylvester says:

    You now have wings to fly. Fly high Sue. Fly High.

  21. EMMAH JOY says:

    May Your soul Rest in peace Sue, I didn’t have a chance to meet you in person. But your good work made me know you. Rest well mama.

  22. Josh Jacob says:

    It really doesn’t seem real. I have your realtor card in my car and it’s just doesn’t seem real this is happening. You were full of life and so much more to do. But God call his favorites home, and we get to miss ya and celebrate you. Thanks for being in our lives. Pray for ya as we are down here. Love ya.

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