Susan J. Ostrer

April 25, 1944June 30, 2020

Susan J. Ostrer (Racow) of Wellesley, entered into rest on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the age of 76. Beloved wife of Gerald Ostrer for 48 years. Devoted mother of Lynne Ostrer (husband Adam) of Falls Church, VA, and Brian Ostrer (wife Merideth) of Berkeley, CA. Cherished grandmother of Morgan and Hailey Ostrer of Berkeley, CA. Loving sister of Ann Morin (Racow) of San Diego, CA. Dear daughter of the late Edna and Harold Racow.

Susan was born and grew up in Beverly, MA, graduated from Beverly High School and Salem State College (BA, M.Ed.), and raised her family in Wellesley, MA. She was a dedicated life-long educator and school administrator who began her career in Connecticut as a typing instructor. She later taught business education at Wellesley High School and then at Newton North High School, where she retired as an assistant principal. In addition to teaching, Susan loved traveling around the world with her husband, particularly to historical locations, and was a voracious reader of fiction, autobiographies, and everything in between. Always one to take care of those around her, she loved cooking for others, especially at Thanksgiving. Susan will be missed by her family and friends.

Due to regulations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, a private graveside service will be held at Sons of Jacob Cemetery, Danvers, MA.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Susan’s memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research ( or another Parkinson’s disease research organization of your choice.


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Jane Lord

June 30, 2021

Sending you all love. I miss my friend who could make so many people laugh. Sue made the workplace fun!!

Jane Lord

July 12, 2020

To the Ostrer Family
So sorry to hear about Sue's passing--I had the great pleasure of teaching with Sue at Wellesley High School--I learned a great deal about all aspects of teaching from Sue. I loved her sense of humor and her ability to relate to the students. I was always in awe of her energy!
With Sympathy,
Jane Lord

July 12, 2020


Margery Wieder

July 7, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear the news of Sue's death. I enjoyed getting to know her during our years together at Newton North. My condolences to her family, who I felt that I got to know as we shared conversations about our kids through the years.

Roz jacobson

July 6, 2020

Susan was a wonderful and caring teacher. I enjoyed working with her at NNHS. We will miss her

Ann Kofsky

July 5, 2020

I really enjoyed knowing Sue while our children were at Wellesley High School. I am sorry for your loss. Ann Kofsky

Jeanie Goddard

July 5, 2020

Dear Ostrers All—Vibrant and spirited Susan will be missed by so many of her friends and admirers. I loved knowing her in several capacities: mother of wonderful Lynne and Brian and colleague of mine at WHS and then of son Peter’s at NNHS. Her warmth and energy filled the room. Please know I am thinking of you all. Jeanie Goddard