Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

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Suzanne Polowe Pinansky

September 24, 1924June 27, 2020

Suzanne Polowe Pinansky, 95, of Portland, Maine passed away peacefully on June 27, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, MA. Born on September 24, 1924 in Louisville, KY, her childhood was spent in Paterson, NJ. There she graduated from Eastside H.S. in 1942 and attended the University of Michigan. That is where she met her future husband attorney William David Pinansky of Portland, Maine. She was a school teacher at the Portland, Maine School System for 20 years and held both a BS and Masters from the University of Maine.

She is survived by her sons Dr. I. Victor Pinansky, his wife Ellie (formally Wolfson) Pinansky of Massachusetts/Florida, and attorney David M. Pinansky, his wife Harriet, of Texas/Maine. Suzanne had 5 grandchildren; Tara P. Whitcher, Marc W. Pinansky both of Massachusetts, Sam Pinansky of Texas, Sarah Pinansky of Washington State, and Barton Polowe Pinansky of Maine. She loved flower gardening and has passed that love onto her sons and grandchildren, as well as her love of travel. Suzanne had three great grandchildren: Sawyer Whitcher, Lucas Whitcher and Massimo Pinansky, all of MA. She is survived by her very dear friend Merrill Thompson of MA.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years Portland attorney William Pinansky and two other sons, Richard W., and attorney Thomas Paul.

In addition to her work as a Reading Specialist, Suzanne was a current member of the Cumberland County Retired Educators Association and had been a volunteer as: Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Foster Grandparents – board member. President and board member of the Portland PTA, and Lawyers Association of Maine

Funeral arrangements are pending. You may offer your condolences online at: www.jonesrichandbarnes.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either: St. Patrick’s Manor, 863 Central Street, Framingham, MA 01701 (508) 879-8000 st.patricksmanor.org or the charity of your choice.


  • Committal Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020



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Terena Ishihara

July 12, 2020

Mrs. Pinansky was my 3rd grade teacher at Morrill's School, Portland, Maine. It was a long time ago, the school no longer exist and I can't even remember what year I was in 3rd grade.

What I do remember, is the manner in which she taught multiplication. She used a felt, wall hanging replica , of a bean stalk. Each week we studied a new number. Each morning we reviewed and recited out loud.

I'm sorry to read of her passing. She was a great teacher. She ran a tight ship and its probably because of this I remember my "times tables" and her so well.

Again, sorry for your loss.

Maxine Dwinell-Pare

July 12, 2020

Hi Dr. Pinansky,
I am so very sorry about your Dear Mum dying.
I met her once and she was lovely.
I am sending lots of good vibes to you and Ellie and the kids, as well as your other family members.