Susan Alderman McConchie, age 79, of South Natick formerly of Wellesley, was welcomed in heaven on March, 27, 2021 by the people that loved her: Johnny, Molly, and Ryan (her young chorus of angels); her beloved aunts Millie and Jean; and friends Pat and Kelly. She is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, John Lewis McConchie Jr. of Natick; daughter Julie McConchie of Newburyport; son Scott McConchie and wife Margaret of Needham; daughter Alison Currie and husband Rob of Medfield; and her beloved grandchildren, Sarah, Corvus and Matthew McConchie, and Sam and Katie Currie. In addition to her immediate family, Susan is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Nowak of Millis, her brother, Peter Alderman of Nashville, their spouses and children, as well as many Pacosas and Twarogs and their extended families, who describe Susie as a steady, graceful, and positive influence and model for goodness and generosity.
Susan’s family and friends are blessed with beautiful memories of spending time with her: gingerbread house decorating, craft projects, French braids, visits to the Wellesley College greenhouses, the teddy bear tea parties, walks in the woods, the knitting group, antiquing, movies, Words with Friends, holiday parties, Tanglewood, and Broadway. She will be remembered for her loyal and enthusiastic support at sporting events, concerts, and theater performances, as well as hundreds of thoughtful hand crafted gifts, notes, and meals over her lifetime. She was loved by all who met her.
Susie was born in Rochester, NY, the first child of Holcomb and Julia Pacosa Alderman. She spent most of her life in Wellesley, and was an active volunteer with the Junior Service League, Wellesley Boosters, St. John’s Church Arise Group, and Chimney Corners Camp. Later in life, she delivered Meals-on-Wheels and was the go-to person for jewelry making at the Natick Senior Center. Susie was also a successful businesswoman, becoming one of the top fashion consultants in the country for Doncaster Clothing. She was seemingly an expert at everything she did; before there was Siri and Alexa, there was Susie.
She handled her diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma 24 years ago gracefully, courageously, and with an incredible will to live. She was grateful for every moment spent with her grandchildren and developed special relationships with each. The chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplant, and other related complications, is not the story we want to tell. Her strong, funny, feisty, fearless spirit and how she embraced each day is how she will be remembered. She is likely decorating the table and planning a family reunion on the other side of the veil now.
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 11 am at St. John the Evangelist Church in Wellesley Hills on Friday, July 30, 2021, which would have been her 80th birthday, followed by a reception.
Gifts in Susie’s memory can be made in her name to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (www.dana-farber.org), where she was blessed with amazing care. Although there are too many medical providers to thank individually, Susan’s family would like to acknowledge Drs. Arnold Freedman and Richard Stone of DFCI. Not only wonderful clinicians, they are wonderful human beings, and we are eternally grateful.