Susan C (Darney) Orsini

January 19, 1945 ~ December 5, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Susan Orsini Obituary

Susan Clare Orsini, also known as Sue, passed away on December 5, 2023, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, at the age of 78. She was born on January 19, 1945, in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Ruth M. and F. Clare Darney. Sue had a sharp wit, a snappy sense of humor, and enjoyed playful banter. She was a lifelong learner who delighted in having conversations in Spanish with anyone who would partake, and had a passion for making batches of her favorite appetizers to share with loved ones.


Sue graduated from Belmont High School in 1962 and then went on to study education at Boston College, furthering her studies at the University of Guadalajara. She began her teaching career at St. Clare's in Roslindale and later spent several happy years at Mt. Alvernia High School in Newton. She returned to teaching Spanish in both Billerica and Somerville public schools after raising her four children. Sue had a deep appreciation for other cultures and languages, which she cultivated through her hobbies of reading (especially with her newcomers book club), cooking and line dancing. She was also a movie enthusiast, particularly enjoying old black and white films. In recent years, Sue cherished the time she spent with her sisters on Cape Cod.


She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Leah Carter (Andrew), Jed Orsini (Louise), Gian Orsini and Luke Orsini (Jennifer), as well as her four grandchildren, Luke Orsini, Bear and Cosette Carter, and Auden Orsini. Sue most notably leaves behind her loving sister, Joan Dwyer and her husband John, who helped care for her during her final years on Cape Cod. She is also survived by her nieces Caitlin Dwyer and Marielle Wintersteen, and nephews Michael Dwyer and Matthew Beauchemin, as well as many loving cousins. Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Jay, her parents Ruth M. and F. Clare Darney, and her sisters Barbara Fanning and Jane Beauchemin, along with their husbands Robert Fanning and Gene Beauchemin.


A celebration of Sue's life will be held in late spring/early summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a local library or a charity of your choice in her memory. 


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