The Divine Mercy Chaplet
Obituary of Susan Hennessy
Susan “Sue” Frances (Biernacki) Hennessy of Unity Township, after a six month courageous, determined battle with cancer, passed away on June 15, 2018. Susan was in Czestochowa, Poland while on a pilgrimage. Shortly after seeing Our Lady of Czestochowa (The Black Madonna) and receiving Communion, she went to Heaven. She was surrounded by her loving husband and fifty pilgrims who were praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Susan was a loving, caring, spirit-filled child of God who always saw the possibilities in every person and was always willing to share her faith with others. She had been an active member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish since 1989 and in the last few years was a member of Parish Council, a Christ Life team member and an RCIA leader. For many years, Susan was a member of the Militia Immaculata Bible Study group – a group of women who have been meeting for years to build each other’s faith. Sue also enjoyed traveling and spent many family vacations on Hilton Head Island, in Disney World and on various cruises and pilgrimages. Her first pilgrimage was a life changing trip to the Holy Land which dramatically impacted Sue’s faith.
Sue was born on February 22, 1958 in Queens, New York, the daughter of Stanley E. and Stella S. (Sondej) Biernacki. She spent most of her youth in Waldwick, New Jersey. She graduated from Waldwick High School in 1976. Sue earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York in 1980 and a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University in New York City in 1982. Sue was a self-employed Occupational Therapist who, for the last 32 years, primarily treated only newborn to three-year old children. She always saw all the amazing possibilities in each child she treated over her career. She retired in 2014 to become a grandma.
She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley E. Biernacki. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Daniel Hennessy of Unity Township. She is also survived by her four children, Katharine Hennessy and her fiancé Jordan Rodrigues of Virginia Beach, Sean Hennessy and his spouse, Shirlea of Centreville, Virginia, Alyssa Goetz and her spouse, Jackson Goetz of Irwin and Sarah Hennessy of Unity Township. She is also survived by her mother, Stella S. (Sondej) Biernacki of Waldwick, New Jersey as well as her sister, Marianne Agner and her spouse, Joseph of Hawthorne, New Jersey. She also had four grandchildren, Aidan and Madison Hennessy and Isabella and Delaney Goetz. She is also survived by numerous other family members.
The family would like to thank all the staff of Excela Health Latrobe Hospital and Arnold Palmer Cancer Center for their exceptional care both medically and spiritually. The family would also like to thank all who prayed for her. Your prayers were an enormous source of comfort and strength for her as she waged battle against the cancer.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 on Wednesday, June 27th in Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc., 1500 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 1:45 PM on Wednesday. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10AM on Thursday, June 28th at St. Vincent Basilica, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA. Everyone please go directly to the basilica. Interment will be at St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, online at www.cancer.org, or to Life-Way Pregnancy Center, 1516 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650. To post an online condolence, please visit www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.
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