Remembering Suzanne “Suzzy” King
It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Suzanne “Suzzy” King, Director of Social Services at Menorah Park. For over 20 years Suzzy was a beloved leader, mentor, advocate, and friend to both staff and more importantly, to the residents and their families. Dedicated and hardworking, Suzzy kept long hours, ensuring that the needs and requests of our residents were being addressed. She even played a key role in creating the peaceful environment of The Terrace by selecting calming colors to paint the walls, as well as providing relaxing movies, stimulating games, and dementia-specific activities.
Suzzy always went above and beyond – whether it was to fix items for residents, buying clothing or electronics, to helping families print photos – she was available in any capacity. She made a difference in the life of everyone she touched and even during her illness, she worked diligently to ensure that residents were receiving the best care and that families felt included in that process.
For her colleagues, Suzzy was the epitome of professionalism and caring, exemplifying how social work can positively improve the outcomes and lives of others. Every day the staff of Menorah Park honor Suzzy’s memory by being present and caring, our residents are heard, understood, and valued.
Suzzy was predeceased by her husband, Gary; parents, Edward and Pauline Pileski; brother, Edward Pileski; and brother-in-law, James McKenney Jr. Surviving are her daughters, Mary (James) King-Kirwan and Aimee (Patrick) King-Dehm; grandchildren, Griffen, Cameron, Samantha and Keeley; sister, Lorraine McKenney; niece, Paula Myers; and nephews, James and David McKenney.
Contributions in Suzzy’s memory may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital, 401 Park Dr., Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215 or to Helping Hounds Dog Rescue, 7268 Caswell Ave., North Syracuse, NY 13212.