Susan (Sue) Caivano Pease, 63, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on the morning of December 13 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Born on January 25, 1952, Susan was raised and lived the majority of her life in Ludlow, MA, where she spent most of her career at Chapin St. School and became a pillar of the community. She graduated with a BA in English Language and Literature from Bridgewater State University in 1974 and soon after married James Newman of Chicopee, MA, who died of cancer himself in 1981. She worked as a paralegal in the real estate department of Kamberg & Berman, where she met Rodney Pease and began a lifelong romance. After getting married to Rodney on Independence Day in 1983, she gave birth to her only son, Benjamin, in 1985 and returned to school to obtain an M. Ed. from Westfield State College. She soon became a beloved third grade teacher at Chapin St. School, where she taught for twenty-three years. After surviving a life-threatening gastrointestinal stromal tumor in 2010, she found a new lease on life, travelling the world and exploring her heritage with visits to Italy and Ireland and renewing her vows with Rodney on their 30th anniversary. Having earned her Certificate of Advance Graduate Study (CAGS) in Education Administration, she became the principal of Chapin St. School in 2011 and held the position to the delight of students and teachers until retiring this year. She enjoyed maintaining her flower garden, out-driving her male counterparts on the links, reading young adult novels (that she often shared with students), and spending time with family and friends. She is predeceased by her dear friend Diane ORourke, with whom she cultivated a love of golden retrievers, and her father, Joseph Caivano. Besides her husband and son, she has left behind her daughter-in-law Bianca Stone, of Brooklyn, NY, siblings Jim Caivano of Chicopee, MA, Joan Williams of Farmington, CT, and Shirley Pogodinski of Belchertown, MA, and her mother, Ann Caivano of Ludlow, MA.
A public ceremony celebrating Susans life will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 12:00 Noon at The First Church of Ludlow, 859 Center St., Ludlow MA. Burial will be private, at the convenience of the family