Suzanne Koransky, age 62, of Wayne, New Jersey, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on May 29, 2020, following a hard fought battle against coronavirus.
Born August 28, 1957 in Oradell, NJ, Suzanne was the dear daughter of Dr. Joseph Radest and the recently departed Phyllis Radest; beloved sister of David Radest and Paula Radest; the loving wife of Jay Koransky (his Sweetzie); the absolute greatest mother of Jamie Koransky and Sara Willard and her husband Darryl; the most special Aunt Suzie to Seth Menacker and his wife Danielle, and Jacob Menacker; and the adoring and elated Grammy of Sadie Willard. Suzanne was also loved by numerous extended family members.
Suzanne was born and raised in Oradell and graduated from River Dell High School in 1975. Her friends affectionately called her Sue, which drove her mother crazy. After high school she earned her degree in nursing from Wagner College. She subsequently worked in her father’s doctor office and then on the maternity ward at Hackensack Hospital.
Suzanne and Jay met at Spivak Lighting in 1978 and fell so quickly in love that they were married less than a year later on October 28, 1979. Shortly thereafter, they bought their first home in Wayne, NJ and ten years later built Suzanne’s dream home, also in Wayne. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Suzanne was Jay’s backbone - she supported him through many years of running his business and was always there to assure him that everything would work out and he would persevere. Suzanne and Jay’s love was a special one. They never went to bed angry with one another even though Suzanne liked to throw all of Jay’s perfectly arranged pillows on the floor before bed!
When their first daughter Jamie was born in 1983, Suzanne left the workforce to become a full time mom. They welcomed Sara in 1986 and Suzanne ensured that her girls had a childhood full of love, warmth, and attention.
Suzanne was always involved with and supportive of her girls in their schooling and all of their activities. She was the PTO President at Packanack Elementary where, amongst other accomplishments, she picked out the purple and teal jungle gym that still adorns the playground 20+ years later. At Camp Veritans, she was the camp nurse and cooking lady. Jamie and Sara had the bonus of getting to play all day at camp with their friends, but also pop in to visit their mom in her air conditioned office on those extra hot summer days. At the Wayne Y, Suzanne and her girlfriends were the proud “producers” of countless stellar plays.
They coordinated Sunday play practices and corralled hundreds of wild children backstage on show nights. As one of her dear friends recently reminded us, although it was not Broadway, it was close! Suzanne also dedicated many hours driving Jamie and Sara back and forth to Gloria Frances School of Dance and was the most enthusiastic face in the audience during their recitals. Because that wasn’t enough, she attended all of Sara’s soccer and volleyball games. She truly was their biggest fan.
In between all of these activities, Suzanne went back to school to become a Certified School Nurse and then to pursue her Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction with Supervisor Certification from Caldwell College. In 1998 she returned to work as the school nurse for Schuyler Colfax Middle School. She subsequently dedicated more than 20 years to working in the Wayne Public School System, most recently becoming the Supervisor of Health Services in 2006. The number of lives that Suzanne has enriched and touched throughout her career are beyond measure. Many of her coworkers at Schuyler and the Board Office became her closest and most cherished friends.
Family and friends meant the world to Suzanne. Every summer, Suzanne and Jay took the girls to Bethany Beach, Delaware. Often they were joined by dear friends and family members, providing more memories and laughs than there were “Sunsations” along the highway. All other summer Sundays were spent at Suzanne’s parents’ house where the girls learned to swim and played with their cousins Seth and Jacob, Suzanne and Paula supervised, and Jay ran the barbecue. In more recent years, the Sunday tradition expanded and continued at Suzanne and Jay’s house where it was common for a stream of family and friends to stop by at any given moment. Suzanne and Jay loved cruising and exploring the islands together. They made many special and lifelong friendships along the way.
Suzanne was the epitome of a “giver.” Whenever someone needed something - from material items to advice to love to support - she found a way to provide it, even if it meant giving away something of her own. Her artistic side shone with her chocolate making, so much so that her family often told her she could quit her job and make chocolate covered Oreos and pretzels, chocolate candy holders, and chocolate lollipops for a living. Suzanne loved making other people smile through her kindness and treats!
Over the years, Suzanne and Jay had three cherished dogs. Jay surprised Suzanne with their first dog Goliath “Goalie” on Valentine’s Day. He was followed by Theodore “Teddy” who helped supervise the girls as they grew from pre-teens to full blown teens. Rusty “Russell” took over the job caring for Suzanne and Jay in 2008 as they became “empty nesters.” She loved her dogs and Sara and Darryl’s dog Stanley Pup (her “Stannie”) as much as her children.
Suzanne gained a son when Sara married Darryl in 2014, though Sara and Jamie know that he had been her favorite “child” for at least 11 years before that.
In July 2019, Suzanne became a Grammy to, in her own words, the light of her life, Sadie. Suzanne supported Sara through a high risk pregnancy and was a shoulder to cry on when Sara felt scared. Suzanne only got to spend seven months with Sadie, but she packed enough love into those seven months to last several lifetimes.
Our family’s collective heart is broken as we mourn the loss of one of the most selfless and caring souls on the planet. Suzanne was so much to so many people, but she was everything to us and we will miss her fiercely.
Due to the current state of the world, we are unable to hold the proper funeral service that Suzanne deserves at this time. We hope to arrange a celebration of her life at a later date and will be sure to share those details with all of her dear friends and loved ones as soon as we can.
Education was incredibly important to Suzanne. In honor of her dedication to the public school system, Suzanne's family has created a memorial scholarship fund to be awarded annually to a Wayne graduate pursuing a career in nursing. We kindly request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the scholarship fund. Checks should be made out to the Wayne BOE with a notation in the memo section designating the check for the Suzanne Koransky Memorial Scholarship.
50 Nellis Drive
Wayne NJ 07470
Attention: Jackie Kacanski