Suzanne J. Stevens,
78, widow of Leland R. “Steve” Stevens of Green Street Ipswich, died
at home peacefully on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Sue was born on
October 6, 1936, in Salem and was raised in Peabody by her late
parents Walter H. VanDyke and Avis (Morine) VanDyke. She was a 1954
graduate of Peabody High School and graduated from Nursing School at
Whidden Memorial Hospital in 1957. As a young woman Sue was an avid
equestrian and could frequently be seen on her horse ‘Sonny.’
Married in 1957, the
family moved from Danvers, to Ipswich in 1965 where they raised
their family in the antique house they restored on High Street. As
a Registered Nurse, Sue was employed for ten years by the Visiting
Nurse Association, a job she loved. She was later employed by Dr.
Hart Achenbach in Danvers and then Dr. Peter Madras at Beverly
Hospital. Sue had a big heart and was always reaching out to help
people in any way she could. Her home and table were always open to
anyone. Sue loved her garden, collecting antiques and travel. She
had a large circle of friends and family who will miss her always.
She is survived by
her two sons, Scott W. Stevens and his wife Ericka of Chicago, IL,
Leland M. Stevens and his companion Sally Longwell of Tyngsboro; a
daughter, Virginia “Ginny” L. Stevens of Ipswich; five
grandchildren, Dominic, Jaime and Joe Baraiolo all of Ipswich,
Mathew Stevens, Churchville, NY and her beloved Timothy Stevens of
Tewksbury; a sister Carolyn Spencer of Peabody; two brothers,
Walter ‘Buddy’ VanDyke of Billerica, Doug VanDyke of Ossipee, NH
and many nieces and nephews far and wide. She was the sister of the
late Bruce VanDyke formerly of Bow, NH and late Henry VanDyke of PA.
arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral
Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her
name may be made to a charity of one’s choice or Professional Center
for Child Development, 32 Osgood St., Andover, MA 01810.