Susan Gagné


BETHLEHEM, Conn. – Susan (Thurlow) Gagn, 64, wife of Joseph R. Gagn, of Bethlehem, Conn. died on April 11.

She was born Dec. 2, 1941, the daughter of the late Charles Thurlow, D.D.S., and Myrtle (Brown) Thurlow, of Phillips.

She was an artist, writer, gardener and animal enthusiast. She graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in English, and later studied floral design at the CFA’s Floral Design School. She was a lifelong student of artistic expression and her work spans decades and includes various oil, pastel and acrylic works as well as Native American inspired sculptures and pottery.

She also served as the vice president of Wild Life Nuisance Control, an animal friendly removal organization owned and operated by both her and her husband.

Her interests were centered on her family, spirituality, the preservation of the environment, Native American studies, gardening, the arts and her beloved felines.

Her role as a devoted mother was perhaps her fondest medium. Besides her husband, she leaves behind a daughter, Ann Collette of Watertown, Conn.; a son, John Toomey of Woodbury, Conn.; a stepdaughter, Jessica Bogli of Bethlehem, Conn.; a stepdaughter, Lily Spencer of Rhode Island; a stepson, Will Spencer of Florida; a stepson, Matthew Spencer of Massachusetts; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret (Thurlow) Richman of Illinois, Melissa (Thurlow) Yerxa of Maine; a brother, Norman Thurlow of Maine; as well as dozens of friends who she called family.