Susan Caffrey Eason

  • Born: September 18, 1952
  • Died: February 14, 2015
  • Location: Malden, Massachusetts

Carroll Funeral Home

721 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148

Tel. (781) 322-6322

Tribute & Message From The Family

EASON, Susan- Of Malden, February 14th. Devoted wife of Richard F. Eason. Beloved daughter of Maria (Williams) Caffrey of Arlington and the late Richard Caffrey. Loving mother of Christianne Eason and Danielle Eason both of Malden. Dear sister of Sharon Stratford and her husband Paul, John Caffrey and his wife Janet and Jo Ellen McGinnity and her husband Tom. Also lovingly survived by 5 nieces and 6 nephews. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Carroll Funeral Home, 721 Salem Street, (Maplewood Square) MALDEN on Friday, February 20th at 9 AM followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Joseph's Church, 770 Salem St., Malden at 10 o'clock. Visiting Hours in the Carroll Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-8 PM. Services will conclude with interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.
Born in Malden 62 years ago, Susan passed away at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Saturday morning. A graduate of Malden High School Class of 1970, she continued her studies at Merrimack College where she earned a bachelor degree in education and teaching. Spending her entire career at Melrose High School first as a teacher in Science and Anatomy, she ultimately was named the head of the Science department. Even after her day of teaching was done she would always volunteer in any and all school activities, whether dances or selling tickets for any school events, because she loved being a teacher at Melrose High School. A member of the American Association of University Woman (AAUW), she enjoyed knitting and reading in her spare time.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Mrs. Eason was a fabulous teacher. She truly loved her job and her students. She had a way about her. She always was there to help and boost me up. I miss her terribly. If I remember correctly she loved football. I am grateful for her guidance and patience and her love for teaching. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Barbara Eriksen Leclair - Framingham, MA - Former student   July 09, 2015

My condolences to you and your family at this sad time. May these words comfort you. It was never God purpose for man to die. Genesis 1:27-31.

Posted by A friend   February 24, 2015

The beautiful funeral service held at St. Joseph's Church, on Friday February 19th for Mrs. Susan Eason, was indeed an honor and a tribute to her memory. She lived a full and productive life. She will be sorely missed by all who came in contact with her and whose lives were enriched by her presence, kindness, wisdom and intelligence.
May God rest her soul in peace, and may her memory be eternal.

Posted by Dr. Phyllis Dragonas, Deputy Superintendent (ret.) Melrose Publi - Beverly, MA - colleague and friend   February 23, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Michelle (Surette) Frost - Woodsville, NH - former student   February 23, 2015

It was a pleasure to have worked with Sue for several years - as a teacher and then as a fellow department chair. I first met Sue when she was an organizer of the extraordinary Melrose Summer Institute, and her professionalism and sensitivity were always obvious to all. My children's lives were touched by her presence here, and she was instrumental in my joining the AAUW. I was lucky enough to have taught both of her lovely girls, and her devotion to her daughters was just another aspect of her remarkable life. I will miss her.

Posted by Angela Singer - Melrose High School   February 23, 2015

JoEllen!!!!! Im just getting this notice. I would have attended this for you!!! I am sooooooo sorry for your loss!!! Love you!!!

Posted by Cheryl Cleary    February 20, 2015

Christianne and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was an amazing person. When I became a biology teacher myself, I thought of her often. Her strength and presence at MHS was always comforting. I hope you find comfort in your wonderful memories of her.

Posted by Erin Welby - Springfield, MA - student/classmate   February 19, 2015

I was very fortunate to have Mrs. Eason for A&P my senior year at MHS. She was by far the best teacher I ever had. I credit her for instilling in me a love of anatomy and prepared me well for A&P my freshman year in college, and all throughout working towards my doctorate in physical therapy. So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jillian Cunningham - Melrose, MA - Student   February 19, 2015


My condolence to the whole Eason family ,Rich as you know I have been through what you are going through , it not easy , but you need to think of the girls and take care of them. if their is anything i can do let me

Bob Camelio

Posted by Bob Camelio Sr. - Saugus, MA - friend   February 19, 2015

My deepest sympathies to the Eason family.

Posted by Karen Poore - Malden, MA   February 19, 2015

I was fortunate enough to have Mrs. Eason for Anatomy & Physiology my Senior year at MHS. She was one of my favorite teachers as whether it was in class, passing her in the halls or seeing her at a dance 'Miss' Eason's personality and sense of humor were omnipresent. She truly made learning fun and to this day my friends and I still rehash stories from that class and the topics she taught us. A special teacher who graciously volunteered her own time to positively impact the lives of all the MHS students she interacted with (not just those she had in class).

My condolences to her family in this difficult time
Jason Brown & family
MHS Class of '91

Posted by Jason Brown - MA - Former student-MHS Class of 1991   February 18, 2015

My deepest sympathy to Susan's family. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful teacher, respected by all. I worked with her at Melrose High many years ago. She always had a smile and kind word. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Jan Johnston - Wakefield, MA - Friend   February 18, 2015

Deepest Condolences to the Eason/Caffrey family. Through thoughts, deeds and of course through her knitting, I know that she loved you all dearly. May your memories and hand made expressions of love comfort you during these months of grieving.

Posted by Alanna Nelson - Melrose, MA   February 18, 2015

So very sorry to hear this sad news. Have known Sue since 1978 through the Melrose schools. She will be missed. She always spoke of you, Danielle and Christianne. I am away or I would be there...
Hugs and prayers.

Posted by Sharon O'Brien Iagulli    February 17, 2015

Dear Easons, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am sending comforting thoughts and prayers your way. Although I never had a class with Mrs. Eason, I got to know her from being friends with Danielle. She also taught me how to make a quilt for my Girl Scout Silver Award project. Mrs. Eason was a kind person, with a great sense of humor. She will be missed.

Posted by Marissa Babin - Malden, MA   February 17, 2015

So sad to hear about Miss Eason she was truly one of the best teachers I've ever had. I still speak about her and the impact she had on me when my son struggles in biology. She will be thought of often. MHS 1988

Posted by Maureen Cirillo - Winthrop, MA - student   February 17, 2015

Dear Eason family, so saddened to hear of your loss. Mrs. Eason, as I knew her, was an inspiring talented teacher that I had the privilege to experience at MHS in 1978. She helped me in getting my first job at Melrose Wakefield Hospital. She was smart, no nonsense and had high standards for her students. Please know she made a difference and impact in my life.

Posted by Mary Garvey McCarthy - Marietta, GA   February 17, 2015

Mrs. Eason made an impact on me. She not only taught students about biology, but challenged them with enrichment and was willing to work with students who struggled to those who excelled in her class. She went out of her way to make connections with her students.

I can think back and remember sitting in her class 35 years ago, can't say that about many teachers.

Posted by Jackie Granfield Ferguson - Manchester, NH - former student   February 17, 2015

So sorry for your loss. I am a former student at MHS.

Posted by Elaine Parker - reading, PA   February 17, 2015

She will always have a special place with me. Many many memories at MHS.
My deepest condolences to her family.

Posted by Stella Cocchiara - Medford, MA - colleague   February 17, 2015

I was blessed to be one of her students. Her class was one of the few I looked forward to attending. Thank you for making learning fun. RIP Mrs Eason

Posted by Jannel Kerry - MALDEN, MA - Student   February 17, 2015

Dear family of Mrs. Eason,

I am so sorry for your loss. I had Mrs. Eason for Biology in sophomore year. I have never enjoyed a science class as much as I enjoyed her class. She was a wonderful person and a great teacher. She had great way about her.

Posted by Angela Vitale - Melrose, MA - former student class of 86   February 17, 2015


My dear friend and colleague,letting go is the hardest part. I will miss your smile, wisdom and your cool, calm demeanor!

Posted by Althea Brown - Medford, MA   February 17, 2015

One of the Best Melrose High ever had. Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Steve Murphy MHS Class of 92 - Saugus, MA - Former Student   February 17, 2015

Jo-ellen to you and Tom and your family and Your Mom Maria and the Caffrey Family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Words can never heal the hurt..but please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all..Always Susan Connell-Keene

Posted by Susan Connell-Keene - Malden, MA - Friend   February 17, 2015


I am so sorry to hear this, what a wonderful teacher she was. She touched many lives and instilled a love of science that I hold to this day. I am sorry for your loss, I am sure you will miss her terribly. She was so easy to love.

Posted by Marybeth Horan Barter - key west, FL   February 17, 2015

One of my very most favorite teachers. A real class act. Thank you and rest in peace.

Posted by Karin Sullivan - Melrose, MA - Student class of 1985   February 17, 2015

She was a wonderful lady and a great teacher. I had her for science In middle school in the 80's. My thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

Posted by Cindy (Rhodes) Field - Wilmington, MA - former student   February 17, 2015

Mrs. Eason instilled a love of science me, a love that I use every day.


Ed kodzis

Posted by ed kodzis    February 17, 2015

I had the honor and privelage of working with Susan at the high school and at many athletic events. Susan was a kind person who loved all of her students and the student body at MHS. Christianne and Daniele, your mother was so proud of both of you! She loved you both dearly.

I will miss my friend and remember her with loving thoughts!

Posted by Donna Keohane - Saugus, MA - co-worker, friend   February 16, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

Posted by walter Greene - geoveland, MA - cousin   February 16, 2015

Mrs.Eason was always a kind person to everyone, and was an especially good teacher. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Taylor Mignacca - Melrose, MA - student   February 16, 2015

I m so sad to hear about this. I have found memories of Mrs Eason at melrose High back in the early 80's. As a foreign student, I really struggled back then with Mrs. Eason's Tests. I would memorize everything in English, then translate it to Portuguese, to then translate it back to English. She would give me extra time to do the tests, because it took me so long to process the information. She was kind. I think that she thought I was funny. She always had a smile.

She understood my shortcomings back then and found a way to woe with me, so that I could excell in school. I took at leas 2 classes with her. Probably one of my favorite teachers at MHS. I am forever grateful for all of her help.

I am forever grateful for her kindness, at a time that I had so many challenges in my life.

To her family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Posted by Nick Ramos - Georgetown, TX - Former Student   February 16, 2015

Mrs. Eason was one of those teachers that connected very deeply with her students. I never wanted to disappoint her. She held us to the very highest of standards and make science fun. She had the neatest penmanship and wrote out all of her notes. She had a smile that would light up the room. She had a wonderful sense of humor and made me feel like I could always do better by just believing in myself. In my experience, those teachers were rare. Being her student was a blessing. May she rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Coleen Greco - Milford, MA - former student   February 16, 2015

God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. (1 Cor. 10:13)

Posted by A friend   February 16, 2015