Susan Ann's Story
Susan Ann (McCarty) Najuch, 59, of Bradford passed away peacefully on Friday, November 17, 2017, at her home. Susan was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Daisy (MacCord) McCarty; great-nephew, Jack McCarty; nephew, Kevin McCarty; and brother, Thomas “Rusty” McCarty Jr.
Susan, a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother dedicated her life to her family and her profession as a nurse. Susan graduated from North Andover High School and from the Greater Lawrence Vocational Technical Institute with her LPN and Boston State College (UMASS Boston) with her RN. She received her Master’s in Nursing Administration at Cambridge College. While in school, Susan was awarded the Florence Nightingale Award for excellence in nursing. Her lengthy, fulfilling career began in 1982 at the Hale Hospital where she was appointed by Mayor Ryan. From there, her career continued at Phillips Academy, MIT, City of Haverhill Council on Aging and as the city’s Public Health Nurse. She finished her professional career at Merrimack Valley Hospital.
Susan was a lifelong Disney fanatic and her passion for Disney and travel provided many wonderful memories to her family on their numerous vacations. She was known for her Elvis fascination. While on vacation in Las Vegas, “Elvis” renewed Susan and Laurence’s wedding vows at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. Susan also enjoyed family dinners where she liked to prepare creative meals and unique cakes.
Susan is survived by her husband, Laurence J. Najuch Jr.; children, Sarah Petrolino of Howell, N.J., and husband, John, Erin Najuch of Boston, Melissa Najuch-Brown and husband, Derrick of Bradford, and Laurence J. Najuch, III of Pelham, N.H., and fiancé, Constance Barysauskas; grandchildren, Sophia Najuch, Hadley Najuch-Brown and John J. Petrolino, IV; sisters, Beverly Rogato and husband, Richard, Judith D’Elia and husband, Richard; brother, Francis T. McCarty, all of North Andover; brother in-law, Michael S. Najuch of Haverhill; as well as lifelong friend, Carolyn Scione of North Andover; several nieces and nephews; and her favorite cat, Lily.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 21, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill, from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning in Sacred Hearts Church, 165 So. Main Street, Bradford, at 10 a.m. Please meet directly at church. Private interment will take place at Walnut Cemetery.
Published on  November 20, 2017