Susan "Sue"'s Story

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Susan "Sue" Rybacki of Newburyport, died peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 16th at the age of 81. She was the widow of RADM Richard I. Rybacki and is survived by her three children and their families, Peter and Suzan Rybacki of Austin, Texas, Jennifer and Guy Woodman of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Lucinda and Alan Cathcart of Newburyport. She was "Grammy Sue" to Trenton, Tyler, Hanna, Abby, Sadie, Grey and Robert. Sue also leaves behind her sister Mary Huyck and family of Orlando, Fla.
Sue was the eldest daughter of Warren and Wilma Snell. She spent her first 21 years with her parents and sister in Middleport, N.Y. It was there that she met and married her high school sweetheart, Richard Rybacki. After studying at Tufts University and the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, she and Rich launched their 35 year journey with the United States Coast Guard. Along the way she raised their children and established lifelong friendships. She made many houses into beautiful homes from Alaska to Maine and managed to complete her education at age 50, earning a Bachelor's degree from Marymount University in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counseling. Upon retirement from the Coast Guard, Sue and Rich made their home in Falmouth, ME, where Sue turned a few years of volunteering into a much loved job at the local public library, putting her keen mind and love of books to great purpose. Maine holds a special place in the heart of Sue's grandchildren who will never forget their summer adventures with the extended family. Sue was always involved in the churches they attended wherever they lived and seldom did a day go by that didn't include knitting. She shared her knitting skills with women at Turning Point (a local shelter) and loved being part of the Prayer Shawl knitters at Central Congregational Church.
We will remember Sue, Mom, Grammy Sue for her gift of bringing beauty to all that she touched. She will be in our hearts forever.
The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950, is assisting Mrs. Rybacki's family with her funeral arrangements. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association: online donations can be made at m.alz.org/donate.asp or by mail at Alzeimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
To offer online condolences please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 25, 2017
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