In Memory

Susan Kron

Susan Kron

KRON, Susan Ann 67 years of age. Editor and a Gift to all who knew her. Susan passed away on January 13, 2018 after a 5-year bout with ALS. Known to her friends and family as one of the funniest people they knew, even in her final days, Susan uttered quick-witted one-liners which would make even the dourest among us laugh out loud. With her humor came eternal optimism, unflagging energy, emotional intelligence, and clarity. For over 40 years, Susan worked in publishing as an editor and manager at Inc., Moment, CFO, and in her final years, New England Home. She was known for her observant eye, crisp stylistic touch, and lighthearted and wise management style. From 1989 she was on the Board of Directors at Women's Lunch Place and worked in the kitchen regularly until her illness made it difficult to continue preparing meals for women in need. Susan spent years as a gabbai at Harvard Hillel Worship Study Minyan, helping to run the services. She and her husband, Paul Schaffrath, enjoyed travelling to such destinations as Paris, Israel, and home-away-from-home, P'town, to name a few. Describing her life would be perilously incomplete, without mentioning "Bruce". Susan revered Bruce Springsteen, going to upwards of 40 concerts in the U.S. and abroad. In her final years, she received backstage passes, resulting in beloved photographs of Susan with members of the band. Susan earned her B.A in English Literature at NYU, later receiving Certification to be a Montessori teacher in Vermont. After moving to Boston in 1979, she met the love of her life, Paul, an Art Director at United Marine Publishing. Susan and Paul went on to work together at Inc. magazine for several years. Through highs and lows, and through these final years, Paul has been by her side night and day. They wouldn't have had it any other way. Susan is pre-deceased by her loving parents, Wilmer (Yonnie) and Clara Kron, of Philadelphia, where Susan grew up. She is survived by her husband Paul, her children (Sara Greene and Megan Peterson) and grandchildren (Lars Peterson, Gigi Greene, and Leif Peterson). Susan is also survived by her loving brother, Dr. Lawrence Kron, who moved to Boston a few blocks away to help care for her, and her sister, Gail (Mark) Saifer of Philadelphia, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews, all of whom have been forever present and caring throughout her life. Also, in these final years, she was blessed to have compassionate caregivers, who lovingly became the fabric of her daily life. Lastly, SO many friends, more than most of us would have in five lifetimes combined. Her friendship was a gift to us all, and over these last 5 years, she taught us how to consciously enjoy and appreciate every moment our lives. Services to be held at Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington St. Newton, MA at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Shiva will be held at the home of Shelley & Stuart Rossman, 557 Chestnut Street, Needham, MA Tuesday and Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Donations - Compassionate Care ALS, Falmouth, MA in Susan's name, or a charity of your choice.

Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 15, 2018

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01/15/18 06:14 PM #1    

Paula Silverman (Zucker)

Susan (Susie) Kron . . . We were best friends in elementary school!!! Always together having fun . . . What a kind, funny, light-hearted, intelligent soul! We spent so many wonderfully-refreshing times together. Susie's literary gift was evidenced at Creighton Elementary School and, of course, later in high school. It was impossible to be with Susie, without laughing and enjoying every moment. She served as a light in my life, even as a child.  

It was wonderful to reconnect during our 40th Olney H.S. reunion . . . seemed like 40 years had not even passed. I now find it shocking and extremely sad to hear of Susie's passing. It's somewhat surrealistic to imagine that such a vibrant human being will no longer exist in this dimension physically . . . but she will forever exist spiritually in the hearts of so many.

With much affection and tender sympathy,






01/15/18 08:43 PM #2    

Linda Feldman (Hughes)

Paula,  This is such a lovely tribute to Susie.  I haven't been able to get her out of my head since I heard this morning of her death.  She didn't live too far from me and we talked about getting together some time and for some reason we never got it together.  I'm so sorry that I didn't do more to connect.  She was a bright light.  A beautiful soul.  Sending love to you and all of my sympathy to Susie's loved ones.  Linda


01/16/18 10:20 AM #3    

Kathie Popolo (Jesser)

Although I did not know Susan personnally, this moving tribute painted an amazing picture of an amazing woman. My thoughts and prayers to her family and loved ones. And Bruce Springsteen, play one loudly for our Olney Gal. 

01/16/18 07:52 PM #4    

Nancy Goodman (DeMasi)

Oh, I remember Susie, with the childhood memories of a fun friend.  We went to Creighton together.  We visited at each other's house.  Susie had the best basement ever and I remember a fun Sweet 16 party there.  She was funny and fun and giving and kind.  I think the first thought she had about anyone, was good hearted and she shared it.  "I like your dress, Your hair looks nice" - always a kind word.   So sorry to hear about Susie's illness.  I didn't know.  It was a pleasure to know her.  Sorry for her loss.


01/17/18 11:05 AM #5    

Adele "Tootsie" Smith (Pata)

So very sorry to hear of Susan's passing-an incredible woman for sure-thoughts & prayers to the family

01/18/18 06:09 AM #6    

Camille Brewer

Sue was such a good friend, supporter, and partner in crime!  She was so good-natured and so much fun.   I remember her visits to my home and our lunches with her mom and dad.  I remember studying together for our history class and our visits to Rittenhouse Square to hang out.  We'd buy french bread and cheese and pretend we were in Paris.   I love Sue to this day for all the fun (and mischief) j we shared and for her boundless generosity of spirit. 

01/18/18 04:07 PM #7    

Jerome Gibbs

So sad to read about Susie's passing,  She was always such a fun, upbeat person with a great personality and sense of humor.  The obituary was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person.

01/21/18 10:09 AM #8    

Adrienne Marshall (Binder)

So sorry for the loss of another classmate! Sue was truly a shinning star and a total joy to be around!  So sorry she suffered from such a dreadful disease! I was lucky to have her as a friend in high school! May she rest in peace and condolence to her friends and family!  Adrienne (Ace) Marshall Binder



01/24/18 11:45 PM #9    

Kathie Popolo (Jesser)

I am posting  again at the request of Ira to determine if posts are being seen by classmates. My previous post was not noted. 

02/28/19 05:06 PM #10    

Adrienne Marshall (Binder)

Just saw this! so sorry for the the loss of another friend and classmate! Her smile and charm will always be remembered by me! Heaven got another angel! Rest in Susie!


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