Susan M. Farese

July 6th, 2020

Susan M. Farese (Leach), age 67, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Susan was the beloved wife and best friend of 45 years to Biagio M. Farese and the devoted mother of Dr. Christina Farese of Wilmington and Jeffrey Farese and his wife Debbie of Georgia, loving “Nonna” of Emily, Zachary, and Kaylie. Cherished daughter of the late Clayton and Amelia (Essick) Leach, sister of Claire Rivard of Methuen.

Nothing brought Susan more joy than her family and her home—except maybe her time spent floating in the pool or at the beach with her husband. She took great pride in her children’s educational accomplishments and modeled for them in all that she did hard work, compassion, and faith. She is known for her amazing meatballs, love of margaritas and mai tais, and marathon shopping sprees.

Her love of people was exemplified in her 30-year career in human resources at Vaisala Inc. There she exhibited kindness, compassion, and grace as she supported her colleagues through the ups and downs of business with a listening ear, plenty of tissues, and chocolate.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 9th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Methuen. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 8th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. All guests are required to wear a mask in the Funeral Home and in Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Susan’s memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P. O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Susan M. Farese”

  1. Kelly Schmidt says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Susan hired me at Vaisala and was a wonderful mentor and boss. I will remember her for her kindness and thoughtfulness and her love of Thai food. She always wanted to do the right thing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  2. Louisa Bolick says:

    I had the privilege of knowing and working with Susan for 20 years, and I’m so grateful for the time I spent with her. Susan was a kind, caring, and loyal business partner and friend, and she will be missed by so many. My condolences and best wishes to the Farese family.

  3. Carol DeSimone says:

    Dear BJ, Christina, Jeffrey and Debbie,
    I’m sorry to hear about Sue’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the memories of her will bring you peace. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. We had some good times together. All the parties and the good time in Aruba. Love to you all, Carol

  4. Paula Essick says:

    I will miss my “spirit” cousin and her sparkle. I always looked up to you and looked forward to seeing what fabulous outfit you would be wearing :) Your smile would light up a room and your thoughtfulness was never ending. Your ability to listen and give good advice was always appreciated. I am sorry that I will be unable to attend your services due to the COVID-19 travel circumstances, but you will always be in my heart!
    Love to Christina, BJ, Jeff, & Claire – I will be thinking of you and know that I am here for you

  5. Laura Sweeney says:

    Susan was so kind to me. I loved hearing her voice on the phone. Susan always made me feel like I had a connection to family. She was down to earth, intelligent, and most of all very loving. I will miss her and our conversations very much. Rest In Peace lovely lady. You will be deeply missed. All my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends who love her.

  6. Linda Hogan says:

    Susan was always a first class lady, kind,caring, fun loving, and all about her family and friends. Every time we got together we would have such fun and a lot of laughs. She was a genuine pleasure to be around. Jack and I will miss her and all the good times we have had over the years. Rest in peace dear friend and when you see me coming (as I know you are in heaven) open up the gate and let me in!! BJ, Christina, Jeff, Debbie and family you are in our hearts and prayers forever.

  7. Carol and Bill Splaine says:

    Our deepest sympathy to BJ and the entire Farese family.
    Sue was a pleasure to know. We have many fond memories of Sue and the fun times we shared with friends, especially on our trips. May these happy memories help you through this difficult time. Our heart’s and prayers are with you.
    Carol and Bill
    Carol and Bill

  8. Lori says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Susan was a wonderful and caring person. She was a great mentor, friend and colleague. She will always be in my heart

  9. Remus Zaharescu says:

    I met Susan in early 2002 when she came to Tucson to meet the team that Vaisala had acquired. It was a hostile crowd to say the least. She handled it, as she did so many things, with a firm calmness and empathy. I saw this time and time again as Susan dealt with one difficult situation after another, very often acting as a voice of reason and a buffer, always guided by a strong moral compass.
    Her time in Tucson became more tolerable once she realized she could start every day with Dunkin Donuts coffee. For anyone who saw her with her cup and commented on it, she made sure to tell them that Dunkin Donuts was from Boston, a wicked awesome city.
    When she was dealing with terrible back pain, asking about her family would always make her forget about the pain; there was nothing that she cared more about or was prouder of, than Biagio and her kids.
    Susan, I am a better person for having known you.

  10. Arthur and Kathryn Morin says:

    I had the privilege of knowing Susan for such a short time but I feel like I knew her so much longer. Good talks and laughs! We did have enough time for her and her Biagio to introduce us to their favorite Thursday restaurant in Gloucester. We had a few good visits and I will never eat another lobster roll without thinking of how she enjoyed that lobster! BJ couldn’t enjoy the food so much but that guy loved seeing her enjoy the meal and he would never leave without the same for his Christina. Today they are together again to soar as angels watching over their precious loved ones. Christina, Jeff and family, and David our prayers are with you always.

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