Susan J. Pierro
5 November, 1946 – 16 April, 2021
Susan (Sue) Jan Pierro, 74, passed away peacefully at home with her family at her side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born on November 5, 1946, in Springfield, MA, she was the daughter of James and Madeleine Callahan of Cooperstown, NY. She was a 1964 graduate of Cooperstown Central school where she excelled in both academics and athletics, and was known as “Sunshine”, because she was always smiling.
After high school, she continued her education at Syracuse University and in subsequent years Russell Sage College, where she got a masters degree in social work.
After receiving her education, she returned to Cooperstown and worked for the Otsego County Department of Social Services. Here, she served in a variety of roles for over 37 years.
Outside of work, Sue had a passion for dogs and was involved in the raising, breeding, showing and training of dogs since high school. In recent years, she was particularly accomplished in the sport of dog agility, where she and her dogs earned many distinguished titles, both regionally and nationally.
Sue was predeceased by her parents, and leaves a behind: son Josh and his wife Greta, her grandchildren Anika and Leila, sister Patricia (Michael) DeRuosi, brother Peter (Kristen) Callahan, several nieces and nephews and many close friends in the area and around the country.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date, and memorial gifts in Sue’s name (in lieu of flowers) may be made to Helios Care (Catskill Area Hospice), 297 River Street Service Road Oneonta, NY 13820.