McCLAIN – Susan M. (Bizarro) age 57 of Westwood, formerly of Hanover and Weymouth, died October 25th, 2014. Beloved wife of Edward F. Groden for almost 10 years. Loving mother of Edward A. McClain of Baton Rouge, LA. Devoted daughter of Ann Bizarro (Araujo) of Northampton and the late Manuel Nunes Bizarro. Sister of Marianne Hurley and her husband Mark of Mancos, CO; Elizabeth Bizarro of Munroe Bridge; Manuel Bizarro and his wife Donna of Belchertown and the late Elaine Bizarro. Loving aunt of Cindie Hurley of Philadelphia, PA; Pamela Kroll and her husband Jason of Mancos, CO; Brahm Callahan of Boston; Brtion Callahan of Bangor, ME and the late Lori Bizarro. Loving great-aunt to Carly and Jessica Kroll of Mancos, CO.
At a young age, Susan was a gifted musician, playing flute and piccolo in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and, later, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She attended The Boston Conservatory and Stonehill College and was a proud MENSA member.
Susan decided to flip the music/math duality and embarked in a career focused on financial security joining Baker and Lander, Sterling Resources and Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Susan was the linchpin in launching Sterling's successful global market initiatives, showcasing her one-of-a-kind talent as an innovator and implementer. On her own, Susan created and was the principal owner of Insurance Consulting and Administrative Services and Opus Solutions. Susan brought a tireless work ethic, unique enthusiasm and excitability to each and every client and assignment. Susan traveled the world, learning cultures, sensibilities and mores, to better assist her clients. As a senior executive and business owner, Susan advocated for the inclusion of woman professionals.
In her private life, she loved traveling, especially to seaside villages; screaming at NFL games; secretly and anonymously helping others with support in their time of need; raising generations of lovebirds to include humans in the flock; while never far from the music that nurtured her formative years.
Susan joined the heavens after a protracted illness that sapped neither her spark nor commanding presence. You may live a thousand years and never encounter such an indomitable and inimitable spirit, the essence of Susan.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock Street (off Route 109), Westwood on Thursday, October 30th from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday morning, October 31st at 10 AM in St. Margaret Mary Church, Westwood. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Susan's memory to the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (www.bysoweb.org), the Boston Symphony Orchestra (www.bso.org) or bird shelter of your choice.