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Susan Condon

Susan Kajander Condon

Sunday, June 25th, 1950 - Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
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Obituary

Susan Kajander Condon, 69, passed away peacefully at her home in Kennebunkport on January 15, 2020, after a good, full life.

The daughter of Maxine (Lybeck) and Albert A. Kajander, Susan was born on June 25, 1950, in Winchester, Massachusetts, where she enjoyed a wonderful childhood and attended Winchester Schools. She graduated from Winchester High School in 1968, then went on to earn a teaching degree from UMass, Amherst, and a Masters in Counseling from Salem State.

Although Susan lived in Winchester, she spent every summer of her life at Kennebunk Beach. Susan married Scott Condon in 1980 and had two daughters, Kate and Elizabeth. Then, as a single mother, Susan excelled at balancing home and career. She taught Middle School at both Ogunquit Village School and Wells Junior High, before retiring in 2015 after thirty years of teaching.

Susan shined with positive energy and was always active, involved in many and varied sports and activities with many people all throughout her life. She loved to play tennis and was a member and former board member of Edgecomb, she played paddle at the Arundel Paddle Club, enjoyed ice-skating, and both cross-country and downhill skiing. Susan loved the outdoors and was an avid and accomplished gardener. She enjoyed daily walks with her many good friends along our beautiful coastline. Susan was also a skilled and talented knitter.

Susan was many things to many people, but nothing in her life was as important to her or as precious as being “Mom” to her daughters and “Gam” to her grandchildren.

Susan was predeceased by her parents, Maxine and Albert Kajander, and her daughter, Elizabeth Markham Condon.

Susan is survived by her beloved daughter, Katharine Leigh Barry, and her husband Nathan Robert Barry, and grandchildren Nolan, Tyler, and Maxine, of Merrimack, New Hampshire; her brother Stephen Kajander of Kennebunkport, and his children Ryan and Lauren; her brother Scott Kajander and his wife, Judy, of Reading, MA, and their children, Joe and Jay; as well as other close family, including Deedee Condon, Pamela Padget, and Jayne Condon.
Susan also leaves a wide circle of friends who will miss her caring ways and her terrific sense of humor, but remain thankful for many years of great times and precious memories, especially her long time friend, Donna Bull Thompson, of Cape Porpoise.

A celebration of Susan’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 22, at Bibber’s Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk from 2-4 pm. We will gather to visit and remember Susan, followed at 4:00 pm by a very short service with opportunities to share memories.

Memorial donations in Susan’s name may be made to the Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    Address
    67 Summer Street
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | 4:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 4:00pm
    Location
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    Address
    67 Summer Street
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Donations

Donations are being accepted for: The Center for Grieving Children.

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Posted at 03:26pm
A new tree will grow in your honor, Susan. You loved to plant and garden and help things grow. Your special tree brings more beauty to our world.
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Hayley Littlefield

Posted at 07:31pm
Ms. Congdon was one of my favorite teachers at Ogunquit Village School. She was the first person to recognize that I had a talent for writing. For years I believed that I just wasn't a good writer and never would be because I was slow to learn spelling and struggled some with dyslexia. When I got to 5th grade, I came into my own and Ms. Congdon noticed! I remember how she pulled me aside on the first day. She examined something I'd written and commended me on my advanced descriptive abilities while the rest of the class looked on, somewhat mystified. She was being so serious at first that I thought I was in trouble! Haha. With her help and encouragement I entered the Literary Achievement Awards that year and won 1st place. 5th grade was a rough year in other ways. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, and that's no easy matter for a 10 year old. You touched my life in a way that meant so much to me during such a difficult time. I always wanted to tell you this, but I do believe you know it now. Light and Blessings Ms. Congdon
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Lee Fishman

Posted at 04:55pm
These were happy times , Lee Fishman, cousin
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Lucy Hardy

Posted at 06:21pm
So very sorry to hear of Mrs. Condon's passing. She was one of our daughter Kara Hardy's favorite teachers. I saw her a couple of years ago, and she was greatly enjoying retirement. So sad that she couldn't have enjoyed it longer. She had a most wonderful impact on Kara, who found school challenging. Mrs. Condon really liked a jean bag I made for Kara, so I made one for her for all she did for our daughter. It is no surprise to us that the chosen charity benefits children. God Bless you all. With sympathy, David, Lucy and Kara Hardy
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Ellen Rodman

Posted at 11:16am
I loved my time with Susan on the golf course, running our WJHS Golf Intramural for many years....we spent hours supporting our students as they learned the game, but just as many hours chatting about our lives, both professionally and personally. We would laugh our way around the par 3 course, mostly at each other :), since neither of us played golf very well! :) I will miss your smile and bright blue eyes, dear friend ~ may peace be with your soul, and salvation for life. May strength and comfort be with you, dear Kate and family.
 
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Kate Thurston Tardif Posted at 12:35pm

Condolences to the family of Susan, especially her grandchildren. Susan was hugely popular with us at the The Knit Lit: what a funny, fun, caring, bright, smart woman she was. And she absolutely loved knitting for her family and grandchildren, of whom she was so proud. Her can-do attitude was infectious, and she always wore a smile, shared her sense of humor, and knit beautiful, thoughtful garment gifts. One of our favorites was a cool poncho — she knit beauties and insisted on getting it right. We are sad, very sad for losing her. Kate & Liz
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