Susan Gail Van Loan Booker, 64, of Montclair, passed away September 6, 2022, with her family by her side, after battling pancreatic cancer for 9 months.
Susan was born to her loving parents, William and Gloria Van Loan, December 22, 1957 in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She grew up in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and graduated from Pequannok Township High School. She then received her BA in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University and went on to get her MA in Counseling from Montclair State University. Susan married Dwight Booker on June 11, 1988 and they lived together in Montclair, NJ for 33 years. She gave birth to her daughter, Rachel Booker on September 22, 1990.
Susan is survived by her husband, Dwight Booker and her only child, Rachel Booker Davidson (Ian) of Rockville, Maryland. She is also survived by her loving mother, Gloria Van Loan. Additionally, she is survived by her three siblings: her loving older sister, Karen Cuzzolino (Bob), who she thought of as one of her best friends; her younger brother, William Van Loan (Kathy), for whom she admired for his kindness and gentle soul; her younger sister, Nancy Wood (Mike), who she loved and always looked to protect and care for. Susan is also survived by 20 nieces and nephews, as well as their spouses and children. Susan is predeceased by: her loving father, William Van Loan; her precious niece, Sarah Wood; and her two first cousins, David Van Loan and Richard Van Loan.
Susan was a loving, caring, and dedicated wife to Dwight and the most precious mother to the love of her life, her daughter, Rachel. At the core of her being, Susan was a kind, loving, and compassionate soul. She started her career as a teacher of individuals with special needs and dedicated her life and career to serving others less fortunate. Susan is described as “one of the best people in the world” by those that knew her. Susan was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.
A private memorial gathering will be held.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people make donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in support of research.