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About Suzy

Susan Marie (DiSalvo) Plaskey was born on July 12th,1957 and was the second child to Lucien and Dolores DiSalvo. She grew up in Skokie, Il. in the third-floor apartment of a three-story walk-up built by her grandparents, Walter & Helen Lauth. In that same building also lived her aunt, uncle and two cousins on the second floor and her Grandma and Grandpa Lauth on the first floor. Suzy attended St. Lamberts grade school until her Dad was transferred for work to the Detroit area. Once settled into their new home in Bloomfield Township, Suzy finished middle school at St. Regis. At the age of 13, Suzy was diagnosed with Scoliosis and was one of the first patients to be treated with the Harrington Rod surgery. Suzy made a full recovery and went on to enjoy her high school years at Marian, graduating in 1975. Suzy went on to get her business degree from Western Michigan University and her Masters Degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University. 


Suzy was always very popular and made friends easily. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, bright blue eyes, infectious laugh, sense of humor and sharp-wit. She was also never afraid to let you know what she thought - something she did often with family and friends. 


After a brief stint as a ski bum in Vail with her sister Theresa, she came home and soon met her husband, Michael Plaskey. They were married in 1988 at St. Regis Church and moved to Concord, NH where they had their first child, Alexandra, born on May 29th, 1991. Suzy was very successful and much-loved teacher of high school business classes in Concord. Despite her love of teaching in New Hampshire, Suzy and Michael missed their home so they moved back to Michigan settling in Berkley. Shortly after, their second child Harrison Michael was born on Jan 12th, 1993 followed by Vincent Michael on July 3rd, 1995. Her children grew up surrounded by the same love and support of their aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents as Suzy experienced as a child. 


Before her diagnosis Suzy was an avid skier, spent plenty of time on her bike (with her dog Dusty in the basket), and loved to swim and spend time in the sun. Later, as a substitute teacher in the Berkley School District, her students, often including her own kids, can attest to her practical approach, her fearless energy, and her small but mighty presence. But more than anything, Suzy was a devoted wife and mother who would do anything for her children including walking them to grade school every day, driving Alexandra to all her dance recitals and attending almost every single one of Harrison and Vincents sporting events.


Suzy passed away on Jan 15th, 2020 at the age of 62 in Berkley, MI. She remained brave and beautiful to the last day of her long battle with Early-Onset Alzheimers and died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. 

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