Susann M. Wakefield

April 1, 1957November 16, 2018

Susann M. (Surgery Sue) Wakefield, 61, of Norwich passed away early Friday morning, November 16, 2018, at the Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City following a brief illness. Sue was born in Binghamton on April 1, 1957 the daughter of George and Phyllis (LaFave) Sells. She grew up in the Harpursville and Sanitaria Springs area and was a 1974 graduate of the Chenango Valley High School. On July 27, 1974 in Harpursville she married the love of her life Gary Wakefield whom she had dated since her early teens, who passed away in 2002. Sue’s early working career for a brief period was with NBT and Grant’s. She then pursued her passion in health care and became a (CNA) Certified Nursing Aide. Her employment with Chenango Memorial Hospital spanned a period of 37 years from which she retired on November 1 of this year. She was the face and voice of the hospital (OR) operating room. Even though this was her job, she took it far beyond the norm. Her kind and soothing voice in the OR was a trait that will be remembered by many. Being non judge mental, everyone was treated the same regardless of who you were. Sue’s family meant the world to her and the devotion she showed was very evident. She was the “cheer mom” at all events her children and grandchildren were involved with. She was very proud of all of their accomplishments. Sue’s outgoing and humorous ways were just part of her nature and enjoyed by all she knew. Sue is survived by her daughters Amy Walker and companion Robert Stone of Norwich, Sara (Richard) Burton of Norwich, her grandchildren Alexa Burton, Jensyn Burton, Kylie Cox, Taylor Finch, Katelyn Walker and Bianca Burton. Also surviving are her siblings Sharon (Phil) Cihiwsky of CO, Debra (William) Griffin of Harpursville and Michael (Terry) Sells of MD. Sue is also survived by her sister and brother in laws Linda Ontiveros of Norwich, Richard (Susan) Wakefield of NJ, Ellen Lord of Harpursville and Scott (Laura) Wakefield of MD along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and her special friend Donna Welsch. Besides her husband Gary, Sue was predeceased by her parents George and Phyllis Sells, her granddaughter Kirsten Walker and brother David Sells. A service for Sue will be held on Friday, November 23, at 3:00 pm from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. Interment will be at a later date in the Riverview Cemetery of Oxford. Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Friday from 11-3 pm. Please consider memorial contributions to the Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 179 No. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815. Please makes checks payable to the Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and on the envelope put to the attention of Brenda Newvine.


  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 23, 2018

Susann M. Wakefield

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Katelyn Walker

November 23, 2018

I have so many memories of her, but the best one has to be walking into her house and her saying, "There's my Katie Bug!". Every. Single. Time.

Paula Bishop

November 21, 2018

Surgery Sue was a hard worker always changing schedules for the doctors and their patients. Which was a very hard task to do because it was always changing . Besides multiple forms to get filled Out and other tasks she was asked to do . I got to know her when I worked there, she was a very wonderful person. Great sense of humor. The Lord just received a very beautiful soul. God bless her family and all those that knew her.

Linda Hesse

November 20, 2018

Susie Q....U r a giving... loving...caring...funny...sweet...and SASSY girl....that was u!!! U did an awesome job at CMH and we have had SO many laughs together....those memories will be tucked away in my heart and every time I think of u...I will remember your JOYFUL SPIRIT...that made EVERYONE feel good when we were with u....We know u r watching over all of us who loved u..Fly high...beautiful friend!!!..🤗💔

Barb Berdzinski

November 19, 2018

I just found out about Surgery Sue's illness the other day. I worked with her for eleven years at CMH and she was always a bright spot in my day whenever I saw her. She was, without a doubt, one of the kindest people I have ever been blessed to know. I am so very sorry for her family, her friends and coworkers. She will be missed every day in so many ways by so many people. I hope it helps to know how many lives she touched and how we were all better people for having known her.


November 19, 2018

to Surgery Sue- Your glass was always half full, never half empty. Your laughter and smiles will be missed. I know that you are true angel and will always be watching over your family and friends.