Susan Gara, 78


EAST GREENWICH, R.I. – Susan Gara  died  Sept. 25 at St. Elizabeth Green Houses. Born in La Paz, Bolivia, a daughter of the late Hans and Annemarie (Prister) Schein, she had lived in Rhode Island for 11 years, previously living in Newton, Massachusetts, Toronto, Canada, and Nyack, New York. She was a medical office manager for her former husband’s medical office and several other offices in New York for 23 years, retiring in 1996 to help raise her grandchildren. 

Susan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Iona College, Class of ’93.  She was a volunteer with many organizations, including Nyack Hospital, Meals on Wheels and the High Park Playground renovations in Toronto. Susan became an active service committee member in every community she called home.

She was the mother of Lilly Wolfgang, and her husband, Robert, of East Greenwich, Lori Gara-Matthews and her husband, Ben, of Newton, Massachusetts, Jennifer Walker and her husband, Jeff, of Nyack, New York, and Michael Gara and his wife, Kristen, of Burbank, California. She was the sister of Harry Schein and his wife, Susan, of Visalia, California, and the late Peter Dawidowicz and Monica Simotas. She was the grandmother, “Omi”, of Benjamin, Eli, Nathaniel, Isabel, Jordyn, Kira, Aaron, Reece, TJ, Gabriel, Eliana, Ruby, Oscar and Theo.  

Contributions in her memory may be made to Meals on Wheels, 70 Bath St., Providence, RI 02908.