Mrs. Susan DeRosa, age 60, passed away on Sunday, June 3rd at Westchester County Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. Susan was born in Yonkers, NY to Edward and Barbara Budrock on February 16, 1958 and grew up in Monsey.
She attended Seton Hall University and Ramapo College where she majored in education, and later attended SUNY New Paltz where she completed her Masters Degree in Special Education. She worked as a special education teacher for many years, most recently at the Children's Annex of Kingston, also known as the Center for Spectrum Services. She was an expert knitter and pattern designer, who loved to teach people how to knit.
Susan married Alan DeRosa -- her best friend and the love of her life -- 37 years ago on Valentine's Day. They lived for a short time in Douglasville, Georgia where they started a family. After moving to New Paltz, NY they bought a home in Bloomington, NY which would be their home for nearly three decades.
A dedicated Mother, Susan is survived by her husband and five children including Katie and James Luterek of Cary, NC; Danny & Chrissy DeRosa of Douglasville, PA; Keri DeRosa of Boston, MA; Alix & Cris Affininito of Schenectady, NY; and Emma DeRosa of Kingston, NY. She relished being a grandmother and spent much of her time endlessly doting on her two grandchildren, Avery DeRosa (3) and Sydney DeRosa (1). She is also survived by her parents Barbara and Frank Horan of Seven Lakes, NC, two siblings, nine nieces and two nephews.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 7th from 5PM to 8PM at Keyser Funeral Home, 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston NY. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made in Susan's Memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( www.jrdf.org ) In addition, the family is asking that friends and relatives who love to knit contribute one or more knitted items to "Knots of Love" an organization that distributes hand-knit caps to cancer patients struggling with treatment-induced hair loss. For more information, go to www.knotsoflove.org . To leave an expression of sympathy, please visit www.KeyserFuneralService.com .