Sugarman Sinai Memorial Chapel

458 Hope Street, Providence, RI


Susan S. Quackenbush

January 24, 1950June 28, 2020

Susan Quackenbush of Warwick, Rhode Island, passed away peacefully at age 70 on Sunday, June 28th 2020, surrounded by her family. Susan, daughter of Aaron and Beatrice Scolnick, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on January 24th 1950. She graduated from Lowell High School, received her undergrad from The University of Tampa and pursued her masters from Lesley College.

Susan spent most of her professional career in sales. Her Rhode Island journey began with a position at Allied Business Forms in 1980. She then became a major account manager for Imaging Business Products, receiving numerous awards for outstanding performance. Susan joined the Providence Journal family in the Fall of 1992 and spent the next 23+ years there until her retirement in 2016. It was at the ProJo her infectious positivity and happy nature helped develop many strong friendships which she held close to her heart.

When Susan moved to Rhode Island she met her husband of 37 years, Peter Quackenbush. Peter and Susan enjoyed sailing and spending time with their family and friends on and off the water. Together they spent 33 years as active members of the Rhode Island Yacht Club where they introduced their son, Andrew, to the world of sailing at the early age of 2 months. As a family they spent summers cruising around New England strengthening family bonds through their nautical adventures. Susan was Peters first mate on the water and in life.

Susan was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to everyone in her life. She is survived by her devoted husband, Peter and their three children: Son, Andrew Quackenbush and his wife Dana; daughter Tara Lynch and her husband Kenneth, their children Aidan and Kailynn; as well as son Peter Quackenbush, his wife Stephanie and their children Zaan and Sylvia. Susan is also survived by her brother Mark Scolnick and his wife Irma.

Susan devoted her time to helping others. Since her lung cancer diagnosis in 2015, she spent her time volunteering as a peer to peer mentor at Miriam Hospital. Susan was also active in the American Lung Association’s Lung Force Program uniting others to stand up together against lung cancer. She was passionate about sharing her journey with others and always had a positive outlook on life. Through these programs she was able to support, befriend and mentor others on a similar path. Susan Quackenbush’s kindness was never-ending, she gave advise to her loved ones without judgement, inspired others through her strength, her joy was contagious, and she loved with her whole heart. To everyone Susan was a best friend, to her, everyone was family. Susan’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with. She not only had a love for boating but also a strong passion for education. In leu of flowers; help her kindness, love and compassion continue by contributing a donation in Susan’s name to the Rhode Island Yacht Club Education Foundation, Care of RIYC, One Ocean Avenue Cranston, Rhode Island 02905.

Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, the funeral services will be private. The service will be broadcasted on Facebook live via the Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel beginning at 10am on Thursday July 2nd.


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Michell and Amy Solomon

July 27, 2020

Dear Peter, Andrew, Tara & Pete,

I was "shocked" to receive the phone call from Tara the other night. We were wondering why Susan never returned my several phone messages. We all grew up together from birth to adults and kept in touch until this very day. Susan and Mitchell were closer than brother and sister. They were inseperable. We remember Susan sitting in our house after a Wedding that she went to a few years ago with her blue nails and her smile and laughter. That was the last time that we saw her. God has chosen the prettiest and nicest flower and picked it for his garden. Susan, you are in good hands. We are sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to all of you at this time of sorrow. Please stay well and keep in touch with us. We hope to see you one of these day.
Mitchell and Amy

Jean Field

July 3, 2020

Susan was a great member of the water aerobics group at the Y. I loved her smile and enthusiasm. The last time I saw her she was having trouble breathing, but would make nothing of it. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a gem, and I will remember her with great fondness.

Karen Salvati

July 3, 2020

Pete, Andrew, Tara, & Peter my heart 💔 is with all of you Sue was a very beautiful person. Sue you will be sadly missed ...but I have nothing but sweet...kind...happy
memories of you & our families over the years...Love you...so happy I called a few months back ...I had no idea... you sounded wonderful ...
Love always Karen❤

Samantha Salvati

July 2, 2020

Sue was such a kind, wonderful, beautiful soul. Although it’s been years from the last time we’ve seen Sue her smile was contagious and her laugh would light up the room. Always welcoming and caring to our family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

With much love,

Samantha, Ashley & Louis Salvati


July 2, 2020

To All of Susan's Family-
I am so sorry for your loss and send you my sincerest condolences to you all. Susan was such a wonderful person, with a great personality. I don't think she ever met a stranger! She is gone way too soon, and will miss her visits to Iowa.

Lynda Bordwell

Sue Suls

July 2, 2020

I remember Susan from Andrew's time at the JCCRI Preschool and Kidspace. She always had a smile on her face and it was a pleasure to talk to her.
I hope her family finds comfort in the wonderful memories she made .
Sue Suls

Tracie Mediavilla

July 2, 2020

To the family of Sue, please accept my very sincere condolences on your loss. Sue was a wonderful person. I worked at the Providence Journal with her and it was such a pleasure. May she rest peacefully.

Mary Jane Ruggles Dow

July 2, 2020

Hi Peter, I am so very sorry to learn of the death of your wife. She was way too young to leave this life, your children are too young to be motherless and you are too young to be a widower. Please know that you , Susan and your immediate and extended family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days, weeks and months. I will pray for eternal Peace for Susan and the Peace that passes understanding for you, your children and all members of your and Susan's extended family.

Sincerely, Mary Jane Dow (nee Ruggles) F.A. 1969

Bill Custer

July 1, 2020

I met Sue and Peter at the RI Yacht Club a long time ago and you could always count on Sue to give you a big smile anytime you saw her. I'm so sorry to hear about her passing.

Tracey Simoneau

July 1, 2020

I met Susan as she was a participant in my water fitness program at the YMCA. She was such a delight to see in the mornings right in the front with her big smile, giddy laugh and enthusiasm to get moving. She always had a positive outlook and shared that with all of us around her. You couldn't help but smile when you were around her. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She would join us on our monthly Friday luncheons and always have such interesting stories to share with our group of her family and her life. I will miss my morning sunshine in her. Rest in Peace, dearest Susan.


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