July 6, 2022

Susan Margaret (Alfano) Place


Susan Margaret (Alfano)Place was born on May 17, 1961. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 7, 2022, at the age of 61. Susan fought a hard courageous battle against Ovarian Cancer for 6 years, 6 months and 5 days.

She was the beloved wife of Lieutenant Colonel Jack Place (Ret), to whom she was married for 36 plus loving years.

Susan and Jack have 3 sons, Zachary, Jonathan and SGT (RET) Corey Place (PH).

Susan was the daughter of the late Louis and Mary Alfano, of Riverside, RI.

She was the sister of USA Colonel (Ret) Diane Fletcher, Nancy Kogut and the Honorable Michael L. Alfano. Susan was a star student at East Providence High School. She played oboe in the concert band, Crash Cymbals in the Marching Band and the Banjo in the Jazz Band.

Susan was a photographer for the East Providence Year Book.

She was also a member of the drama club.

Susan graduated with honors from East Providence High School in 1979.

Susan attended the University of Rhode Island, where she met her husband, Jack.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in December 1984 and was married on December 29, 1985.

Susan traveled the world with Jack who had joined the US Army. They had 3 sons and in 2002, she graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Susan is a member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She was highly regarded by her patients and fellow staff members as a caring and compassionate professional, and periodically earned special recognition for her dedication and service. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend who will be dearly missed. Over the course of her life, Susan had met World Leaders, A-List Celebrity Comedians, Prominent Judges, Lawyers, and Doctors as well as the homeless and chronically mentally ill individuals and treated them all with an equal amount of respect and kindness.

“A nurse is one who opens the eyes of a newborn and gently closes the eyes of the dying. It is indeed a high blessing to be the first and last to witness the beginning and end of life.”

With special praise and thanks to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Susan Campos and her Angelic Team, Hope Hospice Staff and their Angelic Team, Dr. Jessica Pineda and to all of those in life that care for others above self.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which has the potential to turn a life around.”

Please be kind, always, and in all ways…

Susan will be missed dearly but her presence will be forever felt.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 8:00 AM from the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 09:00 AM at Saint Brendan’s Church, 60 Turner Avenue, East Providence.

Calling hours Friday, 4-7. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Dana Farber are welcomed.

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