Susan R. Shea, 57

Susan Shea

Susan R. Shea, 57, of Bridgton, passed away unexpectedly at Central Maine Medical Center on Sunday, May 28, 2017, after complications from an illness and stroke. She was surrounded by her family, who held her in her last moments.

She is survived by her parents, Charles L. Rogers and Teresa M. Rogers of West Springfield, Mass.; her daughter Casey Shea and her husband Jack Scannell of Casco; her son Michael Shea and daughter-in-law Erin O'Connor of Naples; her siblings Linda Denny of Ala., Bill Rogers of Idaho, Nancy Kurty of Mass., and Francois Carre, also of Mass.; her nieces and nephews, Katie R. Kurty, Jessica O'Dell, Jodie Dickson, Charlie Rogers, Wylie Rogers and Nicholas Kurty. She is also survived by the father of her children, Michael Shea Sr. of Naples; and her partner Curtis Arnold of Windham. She was the most proud "Nini" to her sweet grandchildren, Leo Maxwell and Isla Eve Scannell of Casco. She left behind more friends, colleagues, and children than can be listed, but all were so important in her life.

Sue, or "Miss Sue" as she was affectionately called, spent her life living every moment to the fullest. As a teacher, most recently at Stevens Brook Elementary in Bridgton, she poured her heart into bettering the lives of young children. She was a natural educator, compassionate role model and the best listener. She changed the lives of children and teachers across the state of Maine with her tender heart and fierce knowledge. She truly cared for every child she met. She just recently earned her Masters in Education from the University of Maine Farmington.

To her family, she was a safe haven. She was unconditional in her love. Her children (both biological and not) were the center of her world. She lived every day to make sure they were taken care of. She was the most incredible, vivacious grandmother to her beautiful grandchildren. They were her brightest light.

She loved music, the outdoors and spending time in Pemaquid, on the beach. She was happiest with a glass of wine in her hand, surrounded by friends and family. She loved playing with her grandbabies, and spending time with her children. Her family was the most important part of her life.

A time of sharing and celebrating Susan's life will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 2, on Hacker's Hill off of the Quaker Ridge Rd. in Casco. Online condolences may be left for the family at

She is loved by so many and will be missed more than we can imagine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a scholarship fund in Sue's name through: to benefit the children of the Lake Region as well as future teachers.

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