Susan J.'s Story

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Susan Jean Pressler passed away peacefully on the evening of Monday, February 13, 2017 at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers with her family bedside.
Susan was born in Haverhill, on September 7th, 1948, baptized on September 26th the same year. She was the eldest daughter of her late parents Albert Irving Jackson(1921-1985) and Betty Alice (Spaulding) Jackson(1923-2015) and sister to beloved survivors Justine Alyce (Jackson) Tonelli and Richard Eston Jackson, and the late Albert 'Buddy' Irving Jackson Jr.(1945-2003.)
Susan actively enjoyed her youth in Haverhill, attending St. James Grammar School then later, Haverhill High School where she graduated in 1966. While attending Haverhill High, Susan was an active member of the school's performing arts and theater programs. During her youth, Susan spent many memorable summer days with her sister, Justine, and brothers, Buddy and Richard, at the family's beach cottage on Plum Island.
In 1968, Susan graduated from the Chandler School for Women in Boston with an Associate's Degree in Secretarial Studies, thereafter, pursuing a career as a legal secretary for a major law firm in Bradford. During this time, Susan actively supported a number of philanthropies local to the Haverhill area as Executive Secretary of the Professional Women's Club of Haverhill.

On January 2, 1970, Susan wed former husband, Dennis L. Pressler in Haverhill at St. James Church. Later the same year, the family took residence in Brockton, where their eldest son, Leigh Jackson Pressler was born. In 1973, Susan and family relocated to Barrington, Rhode Island where her youngest son, Philip James Pressler was born.

In 1976, Susan and family moved to Fort Wayne, Ind. where she raised her two sons while pursuing various career interests. In 1981, Susan and her husband divorced and in 1984 she returned to Massachusetts, pursuing a profession in property management for a number of residential communities throughout New England.

Between 2001 and 2002, Susan fought her first battle with cancer, ultimately overcoming the disease to achieve declared remission ten years later.

In 2008, Susan pursued a career in automotive sales and marketing, most recently employed at Boch Honda West in Westford. Over the duration of her career in automotive sales, Susan received a number of awards for her achievements as a member of Honda Corporation's Council of Sales Leadership.

Susan was a gracious and loving mother and grandmother, survived by her sons Philip and Leigh and granddaughters, Rhianna Lynn Pressler and Bethany Leigh Pressler, born in 2000 and 2002 respectively to Leigh and his wife, Heather.

Susan will be remembered for her love of the ocean and New England. She was an avid reader, enjoyed the arts and cooking, and held a deep passion for her family.
A private ceremony will be attended by members of Susan's family. The family asks that memorial donations be made in Susan's name to Care Dimensions. Mailing Address: 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA., 01923 or online at https://give.caredimensions.org/donate.
Published on  February 23, 2017
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