Danielle Elizabeth Surabian

8 enero , 19937 octubre , 2020

Our beloved Danielle “Dani” Elizabeth Surabian left us unexpectedly, at age 27, on October 7, 2020.

Dani was born on January 8, 1993 in Valencia, California, the daughter of Gary and Judith (Leoni) Surabian and sister of Sara Surabian. Dani grew up in Wake Forest, NC where she graduated from Wake Forest High School before relocating to Charlotte in 2017. Dani was a full-time student pursuing a degree in Accounting at Charlotte Piedmont Community College.

Dani was a sensitive, thoughtful, affectionate soul from an early age. She was a vibrant person full of generosity and love. She was the family’s dessert queen, sleepy head, cuddle bug, and had the biggest smile and most infectious laugh. Most importantly, she enjoyed the comfort and company of family and friends. She is cherished and loved so deeply by her surviving family. Her family takes comfort in knowing that Dani is at peace and her spirit is present with the ones who love her dearly.

Dani is preceded in death by her grandparents, Donna “Meeka” Surabian, Joan “Grandmum Daisy” Leoni, and Hapet Surabian; cousins, Michael Leoni, and Nicholas Leoni.

Dani is survived by her mother, Judith (Leoni) Surabian; father, Gary Surabian; sister, Sara Surabian; grandparents, Richard Leoni (wife Nancy) of Holden, MA, and Carol Surabian of Barre, MA; aunt, Ruth Ann Lynch (husband Michael) of Millville, MA; uncles, Richard Leoni of Southbridge, MA, Clifford Leoni (wife Sandra) of Shrewsbury, MA, Edwin Surabian (wife Jennifer) of Phoenix, AZ, and Michael Surabian of Worcester, MA; many cousins and by her beloved cat, Ebby.

In pursuit of recovery from addiction, Dani spent time at several recovery centers before settling in Charlotte, NC. Along her journey Dani gained love, support and hope from meaningful friendships. She leaves behind many friends who over the years became her family and community from “The Rooms” of Charlotte. Her family asks those touched by Dani’s love and light to carry it with them and pass it to those in need.

Dani’s arrangements were cared for by McEwan Funeral Service – Pineville Chapel in the presence of family. Her family plans to celebrate Dani’s life in spring 2021. Dani was compassionate to those in need, especially when it came to animals. Since Dani’s dream of adopting and fostering an exorbitant number of pets was not met, those who choose to give a gift to honor Dani are asked to donate to the Humane Society of Charlotte (

We love you to the moon and back, Dan Dan. “Epitaph” by Merritt Malloy

When I die Give what’s left of me away To children And old men that wait to die.

And if you need to cry, Cry for your brother Walking the street beside you.

And when you need me, Put your arms Around anyone And give them What you need to give to me.

I want to leave you something, Something better Than words Or sounds.

Look for me In the people I’ve known Or loved, And if you cannot give me away, At least let me live on in your eyes And not on your mind.

You can love me most By letting Hands touch hands, By letting Bodies touch bodies, And by letting go Of children That need to be free.

Love doesn’t die, People do. So, when all that’s left of me Is love, Give me away.

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Danielle Elizabeth Surabian


Kristy Dewalt

24 octubre , 2020

I knew Danielle from Doves Nest. She was in my group and I was blessed to be able to get to know her. She was Beautiful inside and Out. It broke my heart and I was and still am in disbelief! Danielle you're no longer suffering and your Spirit is at rest! I'll see you again one day soon! I wanted to add a special condolences to her family and I pray that God comforts you with peace and comfort through this difficult time. Love You Danielle💕

Bob Henderson

21 octubre , 2020

Danielle was an inspiration and comfort to me in my recovery journey. She impacted so many ; many of whom she was not even aware . Just being in the room with her was Spiritual to me and others; even without her knowledge, for her humility & compassion extended to all. And as many have said here, she, and her smile ( that smile!) would brighten any room she entered,and regardless of what was going on with her, she would offer comfort& encouragement to those she intuitively knew needed it. And she also sensed when one of her awesome,loving hugs was needed, also witnessed by the memories here.

To her family: I can't imagine the pain of losing a child or sister; especially so early. P!ease know that I,and many,many others are praying for your comfort during this time ,and forever,as you will always grieve her ,and the hole left in your heart. I know she is watching, smiling,and encouraging us in our grief. I take some comfort in knowing we will see her again some day. Danielle, I love you & miss you terribly; and I thank you for all you did for me, and so many others. God bless & keep us God has certainly got Danielle.

Bryce Lanning

20 octubre , 2020

I went to HS with Dani. She was nice to everyone & always lit up the room. Gone way too soon! Rest In Peace Dani

Karla Sampson

20 octubre , 2020

I’ve known Dani since elementary school. She was such a nice and friendly person. There was nothing negative about her. She was helpful and had a friendly smile on her face. I’m thankful for the time I got to spend with her and will miss her a lot. RIP my friend

Julie Long

19 octubre , 2020

Dani was one of my first ever friends. We met on the school bus on our first day to kindergarten. We both had our older sister with us. Dani was seated in the seat in front of me and we peeked at each other through the crack between the seat and the window while our sisters talked to each other in the aisleway. One of us finally said hello, and we were kindergarten besties after that. I will never forget the beautiful young years we had together.

Solomon Cobb

19 octubre , 2020

Such a kind and beautiful person. Her smile was contagious. My condolences to her family and many friends. And prayers for comfort during this hard time.

Elizabeth Shires

19 octubre , 2020

Laughter and tears, crab legs and hot yoga. Danielle had a laugh that was contagious. We shared our triumphs and our failures. She is very loved and will be sorely missed.

Sarah Graddy

19 octubre , 2020

When I met Danielle, I was struck by the fact that someone so beautiful was so down-to-earth. There was a night, a while ago, that I saw her, and she gave me the biggest and best hug. I must’ve really needed it, and she saw that. We then spent the next few minutes talking about the sweater she was wearing and how snuggly it was and how her sister had a matching one. She loved her family so much and I cannot imagine the pain that you all are experiencing right now. I really wish that I could’ve helped her more, but I do feel her encouragement to continue trying to help others. I love you Danielle. I hope you can see how loved you are by so many people.

Elsie Hodel

19 octubre , 2020

I was in Doves Nest with Danielle. We worked in the kitchen together. We would have to get up so early to get breakfast ready but she was always in a good mood. We would laugh and cut up together all morning. She always made me smile and I looked forward to seeing her in the morning. After we left we spoke more and shared a lot of the same struggles. She gave me strength to keep trying and not to give up. I will miss her smile. She was such a beautiful woman.

Cecily Manejwala

19 octubre , 2020

My sincerest condolences to the family. Danielle brought a bright light with her whenever I saw her. May love surround you during this time.


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