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In Memory

Sue Olive (Gootenboer (Sal))







KINNELON — Services were held for Susan Olive Grootenboer, 65, of Paramus, who died on Saturday, October 8, 2011. She was the mother of Salette Manoogian of this community.

Mrs. Grootenboer was a dispatcher with the Paramus Police Department before retiring. Also, she was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Visitation, Paramus. She was a former president of the Paramus Employee Association as well. 

Mrs. Grootenboer also is survived by her husband, Sal; her other daughters, Danielle Grootenboer of Paramus, Grace Grootenboer of Paramus, and Nikki Brown of Maywood; her brothers and sisters, Richard Olive, Diane Trunfio, Eileen Olive, Madolyn Sheehan, Robert Olive, and Kathy Olive; and five grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister, Rosemary Avarali. 

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10/10/11 12:45 PM #1    

Ken Tashian


Sue Olive, always with a quick smile, a great sense of humor, and someone who recognized early on that life is a gift not to be squandered.  She was adept at balancing "living for the moment" with being a remarkably balanced, centered, grounded, and a family oriented wife, mother, and a proud grandmother.  She was everyone's friend.


It's difficult to think of Sue without thinking Sal.  What a perfect couple who found each other over 50 years ago, fell in love, stayed in love, and were happily married all these years not out of convenience, but because they truly loved and respected each other, enjoyed each other's company, and best of all, they were friends. 


It is indeed a sad day to have lost a true spirit, someone who made the world a better place by simply being herself, Sue Olive. 

10/10/11 05:25 PM #2    

Michele See (Simon)

I am truly heartbroken. Sue and I have been email buddies since our 25th Reunion. We made many many plans over the years to get together but her illness caused her to cancel often. Finally last May we were able to get together when I was in NJ. She greeted me at the door with a big hug and kiss and we were able to spend a laugh filled hour together with Sal. When she stopped answering my emails in August I knew it was a bad sign. I will truly miss her. She had a sensational sense of humor. When we were laughing that afternoon in May all the years just fell away and it was like we were back in PHS gabbing our heads off. It was Sue's illness that finally gave me the impetus to quit smoking last June after 50 years. I thank her for that. She adored her four girls and all her grandchildren. She often wrote me and told me about their accomplishments, their personalities and what they were up to. She often told me Sal was the love of her life. God bless them both. I can still see her in the hallways of PHS rushing to class and rolling up her pleated skirt to make it shorter. Great gal.

10/11/11 06:21 AM #3    

Lyle Hatch

 I am indeed saddened to hear about her passing and pray that she is finally in peace without suffering. Children, family,and friends will keep her spirit fresh in the world of memories as in mine. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Wisdon of Abraham be with her and her family forever.

God Bless,


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