Susan Ann (MacMillan) Cornwell, 73, longtime resident of Medway, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2020, at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after managing complications of kidney disease. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Susan was born April 3, 1946, in Lowell, the second daughter of the late John S. and Mildred “Millie” (Milot) MacMillan.
Susan was raised and educated in the Westford Public Schools, graduating from Westford Academy in 1964. She continued her education at Cape Cod Secretarial School. During that time, she fell in love with her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, Ronald J. Cornwell. After their marriage in 1966, Ronald and Susan began a family on Cape Cod, made a career move to Connecticut, and eventually settled in Medway to raise their family.
Susan began a successful Customer Service career at Owens & Minor Medical Supplies that lasted 25 years, until her retirement in 2018.
She enjoyed baking, gardening, laughing with her sisters, making all holidays fabulous, designing crafts - especially favors for any occasion, day trips to Yankee Candle, Kringle Candle, Idylwilde Farm, and the Vermont Country Store. She loved the ice cream at Kimball Farms, dining with her family and preparing meals and baked goods for her loved ones. Susan also had a heart for all animals, especially her beagles Jeffrey and Stella.
Susan leaves her loving husband, Ronald J. Cornwell, of Medway; two children, Kristen Cornwell Kearney and her husband Walter Kearney, Jr., of Attleboro, and Ronald J. Cornwell, Jr., and his wife Johanna H. Cornwell of Medway. Susan leaves her five grandchildren, whom she adored, Ryan Joseph Kearney, Kaitlin Cornwell Kearney, Kylie Cornwell Kearney, Chloe Laurel Cornwell, and Sophie Susan Cornwell. Susan also leaves two sisters Paulette LaPadula and her husband Len of Chelmsford, and Debbie Berling and her husband Robert of Westford. She will be missed by her many nephews, nieces and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, John P. MacMillan.
Susan was a very generous, loving woman who brought everyone in. She sought to make people happy, especially those in her closest circle. Susan had the most beautiful voice and the best sense of humor and she enjoyed laughing at how she made others laugh. She loved with everything she had as sister, aunt, wife, mother, grammie and meme. Susan’s greatest gift was the unconditional love she showed her husband, children and grandchildren.
Susan recently said she had a “really great life” and she did. She also made the lives of her family better. Susan will be missed.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Susan’s calling hours on Friday, January 31 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Ginley-Crowley Funeral Home at 3 Barber Street, Medway followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Susan Cornwell’s memory to support Calciphylaxis research. She was a fighter and would appreciate helping others.
1) Web link to Donate:
Support Calciphylaxis Research
2) Donation checks can be made payable to:
Massachusetts General Hospital
• Add a Note on the check: Calciphylaxis research
Checks can be mailed to:
Sagar Nigwekar, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
165 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114