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Helen A. Susi

d. October 11, 2020

Helen A. Susi

Helen Ann (Orsini) Susi, 90, of Erie, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at Saint Vincent Hospital. She was born in Toronto, Ohio, on November 11, 1929, daughter to the late Nunzio and Vincenza (Salvatore) Orsini.

She worked as a Support Officer at the Erie County Court House for many years.

Helen enjoyed playing bocce in several local leagues. She was also renowned for her cooking and baking, especially her lasagna, carrot cake, and cookies. She provided cookies for countless weddings and holiday gatherings over the years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dan A. Susi; as well as by her siblings, Victor Orsini and Theresa Sabatino.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Johanna M. Susi (Jerald Householder) of Anaheim Hills, Calif., Jeannine M. Susi of Long Beach, Calif., and Christina L. Susi of Drexel Hill, Pa.; her sons, Dr. Joseph A. Susi of Wattsburg, Pa. and Dan W. Susi (Shelly M. Sharp) of Erie; a sister, Antoinette Orsini of Toronto, Ohio; her grandchild, Gianna T. Susi; her step-granddaughter, Lesley Householder; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday at the John R. Orlando Funeral Home, Inc., 2122 Raspberry St., from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and may attend a Funeral Mass on Thursday at St. Stephens RC Church, 1237 West 21st Street at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitors must wear masks and abide by social distancing standards.

The funeral mass will be live-streamed at 10:30 a.m. on the funeral home Facebook page:

Memorials can be made to Catholic Charities, Inc., 429 East Grandview Blvd. Erie, PA 16504 (

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