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“All of us in the Heintz family love fed and really enjoyed Susan...around the town, around the schools with the games, and of course at Camp Deer Run...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Laura Heintz - Weston, MA

“She will always be remembered with fondness as a true friend -- it was such a pleasure to share life's journey with her. ”
2 of 33 | Posted by: Holt Massey - Boston, MA

“I will always be in awe of the enthusiasm that my dear friend Susan exuded. She made any room light up. Even with the darkest of news regarding her...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Carolyn Silvia - Falmouth, MA

“We are so sorry for the loss is Susan. She was a great woman ! She will be missed but we know she is with the Lord. May God give you strength and...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Virginia Azubuine and Family Azubuine - MA

“Minha sincera simpatia para com a Dimartino família. Em tempos difíceis como esses, tirei as provas das escrituras no versículo da B&...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: A friend

“My heartfelt sympathy to Buzz & family & friends on the sad loss of Susan...I am so very sorry! May your precious memories give you strength at this...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Barbara Michalick - Richmond, VA

“Although I've known Buzz for most of my life--we went to elementary school together, I only remember meeting Susan in 2014 at the 50th Wantagh High...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Robert Schoen - Oakland, CA

“Dear Buzz, your kids, and Susan's family,I am a classmate of Buzz's from Wantagh High School and only met Susan briefly at the last class reunion. ...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Ron Albert - Port Saint Lucie, FL

“I have known Susan for almost as long as I can remember. The big sister of my dear friend, David, she was a memorable part of my teen years. Her...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Bobby Barter - Lafayette, CA

“I met Susan only once on the Boston Library steps at Justine's wedding and knew right away that she was a fellow Christian; she exuded love joy and...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Pamela Chilvers - Friend

Wantagh HS 50th Reunion, Aug 2014 ... small gathering at home of Nancy and John Hall in NY City “Buzz ... sincere condolences to you and your family over Susan's loss. This sad news came as such a shock to us. We so enjoyed getting to know her...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Gordon Peterson - Springfield, VA

“Dear Buzz, Julie, Laurie and Paul, We met Susan in 1973 while working at the Annenberg School of Communications and then reconnected in 1n2 years...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Carlie and Tom Friedlander - MA

“Susan was so kind and gracious- pleasure being with her and buzz at both Brown and Wharton Our condolence to all . ”
13 of 33 | Posted by: Henry Strozeski - Winter Park, FL

“I have wonderful memories of running around the MVS campus as day students and 50 years later on a lovely evening on the edge of the Potomac. ”
14 of 33 | Posted by: Kathy Correll - Dunn Loring, VA

“I was lucky enough to have Susan as one of my best friends at Mount Vernon Seminary. I remember her well; she was a beautiful, funny, intelligent...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Hope Darrin - York, PA

“Dear Buzz, Julia, Laurie and Paul,Another saint in heaven - but a loss for all of us. Susan literally changed the course of my faith-life when she...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Jean Ann Schulte - Watertown, MA

“Dear Buzz and Susan's family,I was in the class behind Susan at Mount Vernon Seminary. I remember her as beautiful, gracious, vivacious and engaging....Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: A friend

“My heart skipped a beat and a deep sadness descended when Susan's name was read on Sunday at Trinity during the Prayers of the People. It was a...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Leslie Colburn - Boston, MA

“I had the absolute delight of knowing Susan first through children and Weston, then later at Trinity Church where we all worship. What a gift to us...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Pam Lassiter - Boston, MA

“It seems fitting that the memorial for Susan in on Little Christmas.'There will be trumpets in heaven welcoming her and celebrating their treasure. ...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Deirdre Flannery gollop - Weston

“Buzz and familySusan was so special, beyond any words we might have. We could always feel her love and we cherish the times we had with the two of...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Tom and Nellie Coakley - Canton, NY

“Luisella and I are deeply saddened to hear of Susan's passing. She was a lovely and generous woman. Our profound sympathies to the family. Susan will...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Michael Jones - Weston, MA

“Dear Arthur and family, It was an honor to be Susan's Hospice chaplain. Susan was a beautiful woman, inside and out. Her faith was strong and...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: CAROLE BUTLER - Watertown, MA

“I had the absolute pleasure of having Susan as a student in a mat Pilates class I taught in Weston several years ago. Later, she contacted me about...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: Lisa Carusone - Weston, MA

“To the DiMartino Family,So sorry for your loss of such a beautiful Lady inside and out. My prayers go to you. ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: Judie Giusti - Portland, ME

“Oh my goodness, I just learned of Susan's passing today (her birthday) and hadn't even known she was sick. I am in shock. I have so many happy...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Robert Bacon - Lexington, MA

“Today, December 17, is the 71st Birthday of my dearly beloved sister, Susan. Her courage, deep faith, love, and contagious positive attitude during...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Margaret Vickers - Augusta, ME

“I am one of many of Buzz's Kappa Sigma fraternity (at Brown University) Brothers. I never met Susan, but thru Buzz's animated, loving talk of and...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Gene Newman - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

“I worked in children's ministries with Susan and she was always with a smile and loved the children. May she rest in peace and rise in glory ”
29 of 33 | Posted by: Sr. Brigid Courtneyssm - Duxbury, MA

“Buzzy, I feel terrible having just gotten the news. I will be up in the 6th for the service. I want to give you a big hug ”
30 of 33 | Posted by: Wayne Baden - Rhinebeck, NY

“Loving memories of a beautiful lady who lived her life to the fullest. even when diagnosed with cancer. She fought the fight so bravely...a true...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: MARY & ROGER TREPANIER - NJ

“For all Susan's Family:So sorry for your loss! Susan 's unique contributions to so many in very special ways will have a powerful impact on the...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: maria moskos - naples, FL

“For all Susan's Family:So sorry for your loss! Susan 's unique contributions to so many in very special ways will have a powerful impact on the...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: maria moskos - Friend

Weston - Susan K. DiMartino battled pancreatic cancer for nearly three years. Throughout her journey, she was an inspiration to her family and her many friends in Weston and throughout Boston. Susan is survived by her husband of 45 years, Arthur" Buzz" DiMartino; her children, Paul A. DiMartino of Minneapolis, Julia C. DiMartino of Boston, and A. Laurie DiMartino of Cambridge. She passed onto the Lord in peace surrounded by love at home on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. She was 70.

Susan's legacy is her indomitable, effusive spirit and positive attitude; even in the face of pancreatic cancer she was encouraging to all. By many, she was considered a "most inspiring cancer patient", who remained elegant, feisty and engaged throughout her final journey.

Susan was born in Vincennes Indiana, a daughter of the late Bruce Carr Kixmiller and Annabelle Gardner (Clark) Kixmiller. Raised in Washington, DC, she lived most recently in Weston, MA, for 32 years. Susan's priority was to be a loving wife and mother. In a grade school project, her son described her: "she has brown hair, blue eyes, and a heart of gold." Susan and Buzz were happily married for 45 years, enjoying hospitality at home and traveling. One of Susan's favorite mottos was: "treat family like company and company like family." Other survivors include her brother, David B. Kixmiller and his wife, Wendy of Menlo Park, California and her sister, Margaret Vickers and her husband, Dr. Martin Vickers of Augusta, Maine; her sister-in-law, Janet Foreman of Greensboro, North Carolina; nieces & nephews.

Susan was Director of Children's Ministries at Trinity Church Copley Square under Rev. Sam Lloyd. Susan's enthusiasm helped to establish a new direction for Trinity by recruiting volunteer teachers and initiating vibrant, comprehensive programs for children and youth: where they enrolled 346 children on Sundays and in outreach programs!

Susan was blessed to be a full-time mother and was very involved in her local community of Weston and its schools, as well as in Junior League of Boston, and the Art in Bloom Program at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Over the years, she served on the boards of Weston Educational Enrichment Program, Rombas France and Porto Alegre Brazil International Student Exchange Program, Connection Ecumenical Youth Ministry for teens, Weston Garden Club, Host Committee for the yearlong celebration of Weston's 300th Anniversary, and of course Brownie and Girl Scout Leader!

Susan was also active in many volunteer programs and especially enjoyed "getting the job done". Susan volunteered for 5 years in the Early Intervention Infant and Toddler Program at Perkins School for the Blind. This wonderful program kept her grounded and grateful as she worked with the toddlers, as well as in-service training for professionals from 65 countries. She also volunteered in the Love Lane Special Needs Equine Therapy program; how she loved working with these children and the horses!

Susan enjoyed greatly meeting with friends and planning her 45th reunion from Wheaton College and her 50th reunion at Mount Vernon Seminary, Washington, D.C. Susan graduated from Wheaton College in 1969 with a BA in Psychology.

Recently, Susan took on a new mission, as a patient diagnosed and living with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. With a fighting spirit, filled with grace, love, hope and faith, she inspired all to always move onward. Her positive attitude has shown many a way for joyful living in spite of cancer. She proudly made her second Lustgarten Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research in October. With her Susan's Solemates Team, they raise $30,000 to fund their research.

Susan was especially thankful to her extended "care team" during these past 3 years including: the "Weston Dinner Angels", the chemo nursing group and doctors at The Tucker Gosnell Cancer Center at MGH, the Interventional Radiology Department at MGH, and her Susan's Solemates. Susan always thanked God for the precious gift of time, allowing her to savor the best in life: family and friends, while embracing faith and prayers.

Family and friends will honor and remember Susan's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, (Rt. 20) Waltham, on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Her Funeral Service will be celebrated on Saturday morning, January 6th in Trinity Church, Copley Square, 206 Clarendon Street, Boston at 11 a.m. (parking available in adjacent Back Bay parking garage on Clarendon Street). Burial in Linwood Cemetery, Weston is private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be offered to Trinity Boston Foundation 206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116; or Dr. David Ryan, The Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101