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Suzette Heinley

Suzette J. "Sue" Heinley

Friday, October 3rd, 1930 - Sunday, March 10th, 2019
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Suzette “Sue” J. Heinley, 88, resident of Mattydale for over 60 years, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Upstate University Hospital. Sue was born in Syracuse and grew up in Eastwood where she was a 1947 graduate of Eastwood High.

Sue retired in 2010 after 30 years as a Teacher’s aide for the North Syracuse Central School District. She had previously worked as a bookkeeper for many years in the Syracuse area. Sue was a correspondent and volunteer at Unity Acres delivering bread three times each week in her white van with a smiley face on its hood. The van was a well known fixture in Syracuse and the surrounding areas as it carried her cargo on its appointed rounds. Sue’s life’s work was always showing compassion for those in need. She was unselfish with the time she spent helping others. Sue also volunteered at Hopps Church in Syracuse where she made the gift bags for Christmas. When Sue wasn’t busy helping others, she was with her dogs or in her garden.

Sue was awarded Woman of the Year in 1989 by the Star News and was presented the Community Service Award in 1988 by the Mattydale-Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce. She was quoted in an article about her awards as saying “It’s no big deal and I’m not real comfortable with all this attention.” Sue was the President of the Board of the Salina Civic Center and a member of the 20 gallon club for donating blood to the American Red Cross. Sue was a longtime communicant of St. Margaret’s Church in Mattydale and volunteered for their Human Development office.

She was predeceased by her husband, whom she was happily married to for 65 years, Bernard “Barney” Heinley in 2015.

Sue is survived by her son: Daniel B. Heinley and his wife, Amy; her two grandchildren, Alexandra and Daniel J. Heinley; two nieces, Lisa and Susan; and her great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sue's memory may be made to Golisano Children’s Hospital, c/o Upstate Medical University, 750 E. Adams St., CAB326, Syracuse, NY 13210.

Sue's Van Speaks....

It's funny no one's interviewed me and I have a lot to say.
For after all I know Sue best, we're together every day.
We both start out at the crack of dawn, we're out of the house at five.
We put in a full day's work before the rest of the world comes alive.
After work at North Syracuse Schools, there's always a place to go...
There's bread to pick up at Wegman's and delivered to the needy we know.
The Food Bank's got a load of food just ready and waiting for us;
We make more stops in a single day than any city bus.
Nobody knows the furniture I've held, and white elephant items galore.
Folks must think that all I am is a portable used goods store.
The truth is that there's lots of folks who depend on us to care;
But without my help transporting, Sue could get no where.
So think about next year's award, and if you possible can
Give it to someone deserving - like me, SUE'S VAN!
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William Kalinowski

Posted at 08:42pm
Sue, you were a great friend to my wife, Kathy, and my daughters, Vanessa and Jessica. You often made deliveries to the house when I was out of work. So sad. You are missed by the people you served so well. Rest in Peace. William Kalinowski

Joan Cutrie

Posted at 07:23pm
I worked with Sue at NSCSD for many years. Sue was a very compassionate and caring person, always thinking of other people. It was typical of Sue not to want any recognition or thanks for any of the many good deeds she did. I visited with her a few times at Sedgwick Heights, but had not seen her in about a year. I am only sorry I did not have the opportunity to go back there before she passed. Many condolences to her son, grandchildren and nieces. God Bless her!

Mary Valletta

Posted at 07:48am
Sue and I worked together many years starting at 5:30 in the morning calling subs for the North Syracuse School District. We enjoyed working together all those years. We kept up our friendship right through visiting her at Sedwick Heights. I will certainly miss our visits. I felt so bad when I saw her obituary. She was always about helping so many people. She was committed to Unity Acres in many ways and other causes as well. There are not many who would commit so many hours just to help those in need. I will always treasure our time together. She will be greatly missed. My sincere sympathy to her family. Keep her memory close. Mary Valletta

Lisa Sementelli

Posted at 05:03pm
Our Aunt Sue was one of the most loving and caring person who always put others before herself. I do not have the words to express how we loved her and miss her. We know is with Uncle Barney which is our only comfort. Thank you to St. Margaret's saying a weekly mass for her, With our Love, Lisa and Kyle Sementelli

Roseann Hodges

Posted at 10:52am
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. My brother and I will always remember the kind heart she showed us. The times my brother went over for the garage sales and she always sent him home with items he loved. The friendly hi's and hugs she was always showing us. The smiles and kindness were a part of her soul. She will be missed dearly by all. Roseann and Chucky

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Mattydale, NY 13211