Susan Gara


Gara, Susan, 78, died Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Green Houses. Born in La Paz, Bolivia, a daughter of the late Hans and Annemarie (Prister) Schein, she had lived in Rhode Island for 11 years, previously living in Newton, MA, Toronto, Canada and Nyack, NY. She was a medical office manager for her former husband’s medical office and several other offices in New York for 23 years, retiring in 1996 to help raise her grandchildren. Susan graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Iona College, Class of ’93.  She was a volunteer with many organizations including Nyack Hospital, Meals on Wheels and the High Park Playground renovations in Toronto.  Susan became an active service committee member in every community she called home.  Beloved mother of Lilly Wolfgang, and her husband, Robert, of East Greenwich, RI, Lori Gara-Matthews and her husband, Ben, of Newton, MA, Jennifer Walker and her husband, Jeff, of Nyack, NY and Michael Gara and his wife, Kristen, of Burbank, CA. Dear sister of Harry Schein and his wife, Susan, of Visalia, CA and the late Peter Dawidowicz and Monica Simotas. Devoted grandmother, “Omi”, of Benjamin, Eli, Nathaniel, Isabel, Jordyn, Kira, Aaron, Reece, TJ, Gabriel, Eliana, Ruby, Oscar and Theo.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 26th, at 4:00 p.m. in Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Ave., Cranston.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Meals on Wheels, 70 Bath St., Providence, RI 02908.  Shiva will be observed on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at the home of Robert and Lilly Wolfgang.


  1. Phyllis B. Solod
    Sep 26, 2018

    Dear Lilly and family,
    Sorry to learn of your loss. Susan will surely be missed.
    Phyllis B. Solod

  2. Arlene Dahm
    Sep 28, 2018

    To my former neighbors on Rockford Drive, my condolences on the passing of your mother, Susan.

  3. Joan Amendola SEgal
    Sep 29, 2018

    So sorry about your loss and everyone’s loss. Yes, She was quite a force and will be missed

  4. Scott Lawrence
    Nov 27, 2018

    I am very sorry for your loss. Your mother, Susan, was a very generous soul and, no doubt, an amazing grandmother. May her memory be a blessing. You are all in our prayers.

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