Obituary: Susan (Avrin) Spear


BEACON FALLS — Susan (Avrin) Spear, 77, of Lakeview Rise, Beacon Falls, devoted wife of Robert Spear for 53 years, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2017.

Raised in Mattapan, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Louis and Belle Avrin; beloved mother of Elizabeth Spear Deakin (Scott Deakin) of Farmington, Laurance Spear of Wilmette, Ill., and Noel Spear (Trish) of Spofford, N.H.; dear sister of the late David Avrin; cherished grandmother of Caroline, Andrew, Dayna, Mikayla, Benji, Jess and Abby.

A graduate of Brandeis University (BS mathematics) and Farleigh Dickinson University (MS computer science), Susan worked for many years as a systems analyst while raising her three wonderful children. Susan was an avid tap dancer during her childhood and an affinity for dance and theater remained with her throughout her life. During her retirement years, Susan enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren and friends, spending time at the beach and Chatfield Farm’s pool and clubhouse, playing bridge, correctly answering most Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy questions, and testing her luck at Mohegan Sun.

Funeral services are at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven on Monday April 24 at 11 a.m. with interment services to follow at Beth El Memorial Park, Warner Street, Hamden. A period of mourning will be observed at 14 Lakeview Rise, Beacon Falls, on Monday following the service and on Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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