Suzanne Forest Ferland

June 6, 1925 ~ January 11, 2018 (age 92)

Suzanne Forest Ferland

South Burlington - South Burlington, VT. Suzanne Forest Ferland, 92, of South Burlington, VT died peacefully Thursday, January 11, 2018 after a short illness. Suzanne lived a number of happy years at Grandway Commons in South Burlington.

Suzanne was born on June 16, 1925 in Montreal, Canada. She was the daughter of Dr. J.LP. and Jeanne Forest. She was delivered by her father at home on the day he graduated from medical school. Even after moving to the U.S with her family, Suzanne spent many happy summers as a kid visiting in Saint-Jacques, Québec where her father was originally from. Her native language was French.

The Forest family's first U.S. home was in Trenton, NJ where Dr. Forest did his psychiatric residency at the New Jersey State Hospital at Trenton. When Suzanne was 4, the family moved to Waterbury, VT.

Through high school Suzanne lived with her family, including her brother John, nine years her junior, in the state-owned three-story home on the grounds of the Waterbury State Hospital, where her father was a psychiatrist. Meals for the family were in the doctors' dining quarters. During that period, the hospital was a community in and of itself, including a working farm and a peak population of 1728 patients.

Beginning in 7th grade Suzanne worked as a soda counter person at the Modern Pharmacy on Main St. in Waterbury. In High School, she played the role of Olive Oyl in the school play and brought the house down. After high school, she worked at National Life until her marriage.

In 1948 Suzanne married Joseph Cyril Ferland in St. Andrews Church in Waterbury, VT. They met in a music shop where Cy was working and began dating. They married and moved to Burlington and began a family.

In 1959 they moved to Malletts Head in Colchester where Cy and a builder-friend built their first owned home. Sue loved entertaining and family spent summers swimming and sailing at the Malletts Bay Boat Club. They were neighbored by a close-knit community of Hazeletts, Pages, Sargents, and Chases enjoying a fruitful country life.

After being unexpectedly widowed in1964 Suzanne moved the family to Burlington and attended college at UVM. She graduated in 1968 with a BA in Speech Pathology and in 1972 with a Master's degree. In 1988 she received a Certification in Oral History.

Over the years Suzanne had many jobs including Communications Coordinator for Chittenden South School District, State Director for the YWCA in Burlington, Sales Rep for Business Digest, and Adjunct Lecturer at UVM and St. Michael's College in Extemporaneous Speaking and Argumentation. Suzanne was most proud of her role as Oral Historian for the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She interviewed members of the UVM community, including several Presidents, many Deans, and dozens of Doctors, and wrote their oral histories, now stored in the UVM archives. Suzanne's important work to maintain and preserve the history of the College of Medicine was recognized by the UVM College of Medicine.

Suzanne was a member of the Vermont Mozart Festival Board of Directors, Lane Series Board of Advisors, Ethan Allen Homestead Board of Trustees and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Board of Directors. In 1972 she initiated two events for the Chittenden County Historical Society to review the French and Jewish history in the Burlington area.

Suzanne was best known for her hats, dancing and humor.

She stated at age 92 that she had had a long life and was very content. She was sad that most of her friends had passed away. Suzanne was very proud of her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children Stephen F. Ferland, Michele F. Kupersmith, and Bradley C. Ferland, daughter-in-law Maura Crandall, and five grandchildren, Lauren Joseph, Sam and Cy Kupersmith, Chelsea Ferland, Casey Ferland and his mom Allyson Raymond. She is also survived by her brother John Forest, and his wife Jean and daughter Nicole. Suzanne was also survived by: Granddaughter Lauren Joseph's husband Philip Joseph; Grandson Sam Kupersmiths girlfriend Amy Kammeraad and her twins Bennet and Rory; and Casy Ferlands Girflriend Bralynn Noel. 

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Cyril Ferland, daughter-in law Kathi Hamelle Ferland, and grandson Christopher Ferland.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 28 at the First Congregational Church, Burlington, VT. Friends and family are also invited to share fellowship and stories after the service at Windjammer Inn & Conference Center. Montreal Room, 1076 Williston Rd, South Burlington. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Malletts Bay Sailing Education Foundation, c/o Charly Dickerson, PO Box 1241 Montpelier, Vt 05601

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