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Susan Rose Pizzo

May 6, 1957 - January 7, 2016

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Susan Hoff Rose Pizzo of Timberlake, NC, passed away on Thursday January 07, 2016 at the age of 58. Born in Elmira, NY, Susan moved to NC in the early 60’s and remained here until her death. She graduated from Cary High School in 1975 and received her English degree from NCSU in 1979.

Susan is survived by her husband and best friend, Dr. Salvatore Pizzo; her mother Doris L. Whitfield of Raleigh; her son Robert Ruchte, his wife Amy and their children of Raleigh; step-children David Pizzo, his wife Robyn and their daughter of Murray, KY; Susan Ulrich, husband Karl and their children of Morrisville, NC; Stephen Pizzo of Durham; and sisters Ann H. Wilson of Easton, MD; Margaret L Fetty, husband Allan of Austin, TX; and their daughters Lindsey Fetty Vickers and husband Ryan also of Austin, TX; and Kate Fetty and fiancé Joe Dobish of Seattle, WA.

Susan was a writer and authored 3 books published under her pen name I. C. Springman. “More”, a delightful children’s book dedicated to her grandsons Mason and Jack, and illustrated by renowned artist Brian Lies, received rave international reviews. She was a voracious reader, deciding some time ago that there was not enough time to indulge in fiction, although she loved the classics, especially Jane Austen. Susan also loved NPR, listening intently as she went about her day, keeping her company as she enjoyed daily walks, rain or shine, with each of their 3 dogs. Susan was an amazing hostess, often creating elaborate meals with Sal by her side, both enjoying their shared love of good food and wine with family and friends. Susan and Sal recently fulfilled one of Susan’s life long dreams by purchasing and beautifully restoring an historic house built in 1790.
Susan was laid to rest on Saturday January 9 at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens with family and close friends in attendance. Memorial contributions may be made in Susan’s memory to WUNC at wunc.org or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at bestfriends.org.
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Siegfried Bruner
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September 22, 2016
I knew Susan only briefly, and only through Facebook. It only took a moment to realize what a great contribution she made and what a great legacy she left us. I am grateful to have known her.
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Charles Hall
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January 19, 2016
So sad to hear this. I worked with Susan on a big software project at Rex hospital many years ago. Her documentation skills and problem analysis powers were a tremendous help to our small team. Back then she lived in a big old house in Spring Hope and had an awful commute to Raleigh each day.

I'm afraid I failed to keep in touch, but I think of her and those days often.

Her family has my deepest sympathy.

Charles Hall
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Suetta McCoy
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January 18, 2016
Oh my goodness. I just read Susan's obituary in the N&O. I am absolutely shocked and stunned. My deepest sympathy to Sal and all of her family. We worked together at Rex and we had many deep conversations. I'll always remember her making a large apple last all day for her meal, yet she would bring baked goods for the office. I was always so happy to see her and Sal at the Angus Barn when I was working as a hostess. I just saw her phone number the other day and vowed that I would call her this year to get together. I'm so saddened. Her eyes always twinkled and sparkled when she'd laugh. Just unbelievable that she's gone. I'm so sorry.
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Mary Anne Castranio
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January 17, 2016
Sue was a beloved classmate of mine from Cary High. I am so very sorry to learn of her death and send my condolences to her family. May her memory be a blessing.
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Kathy Schill
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January 17, 2016
We are saddened by Susan's passing. Sal and Susan were neighbors for years. We would share good mornings as Susan would walk by with one of their dogs. She will be missed and may Sal find peace with all the support of family and friends.
The Schill Family
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