Susan S. Lockwood (68) of Heather Heights, North Hornell, passed away at St. James Hospital, following a courageous 5 year battle with stage IV brain cancer, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Hornell on January 8, 1955, at Bethesda Community Hospital, she was the daughter of Fred & Jeanne (Kame) Schwartz of Almond, NY.
Susan grew up in Almond and was a graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School (class of 1973). While in high school, she was employed as an office worker at the former Bethesda Community Hospital where she was exposed to the world of computer technology. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Alfred Sate College (SUNY Alfred) and later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.
In the spring of 1973 she met the love of her life and best friend, Ronald “Ron” Lockwood of Hornell and on June 5th, 1976 they married. They moved to Rochester the following year. She was first employed at Wegman’s and later by the Fairport School District. In 1979, Susan & Ron moved back to the Hornell and designed her dream home where their family have lived ever since.
She began her career working at Genesee Valley BOCES in Mt. Morris, teaching Computer Science & Computer Programming. She was a gifted and caring teacher for 30 years. Susan was highly respected by her colleagues and loved by her students. She also served an advisor to the DECA Club where her students won many awards. She retired in 2010.
Susan’s greatest joy was simply being the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend that she could possibly be. Throughout the years she loved attending her children’s school and sporting events and was always there for her family. Susan would welcome all of her children’s friends who would come over to swim, play basketball or just hang out. Her happiest times were spent with her family. She loved her three dogs, Onyx, Opal and Pearl.
Following her retirement, Susan loved traveling with her family, visiting all but 10 states. Her favorite was watching the sunset at Siesta Key Beach. She enjoyed traveling to each of her children’s homes around the country. Her children will treasure her wisdom, guidance, humility, kindness and love and will miss her dearly.
Susan is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ron Lockwood; 3 children, Jason (Meredith) Lockwood of Charlotte, NC, Jaimee (Darcy Macdougald) Lockwood of Nashville, TN and Justine Lockwood of Tulum, Mexico; 3 grandchildren, Solara Rosas Lockwood, Lyla Lockwood and Weston Lockwood; her parents, Fred & Jeanne Schwartz of Almond; her sister, Chris (Larry) Drumm of Almond; and her niece Julie Barrett of Jacksonville, FL.
At Susan’s request there will be no calling hours. Family & friends will be invited to attend a “Celebration of Life” at a time and place to be announced later, where memories & stories will be shared.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Susan’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the Alfred Almond Alumni Association or the American Cancer Society.
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