Susan D. McAlear

susan mcalear

April 1, 1944 ~ February 5, 2021

Susan Therese McAlear (nee Duffy. Age 76, of Leonia, NJ and Orleans (Cape Cod), Mass passed on February 5, 2021.

Susan was preceded by her loving husband and best friend, John (Jack) W. McAlear. She is survived by her beloved sons, Matthew J. McAlear, and his wife Meghan, Brian M. McAlear and his wife, Danielle, and her loving stepdaughter, Kim Ann Hargis and her husband Arthur. She is the cherished grandmother of Meghann Lea Hargis, Abby Marie Horl McAlear, Christian James McAlear, Connor John Horl McAlear, Lucy Therese McAlear and Joseph Skaket McAlear.

She is also survived by a sister, Kathleen M. Duffy, Lawrence and niece, Aimee Kathleen Lawrence Helminiak.

In addition, her love and support extended to many cousins, nieces, nephews and treasured friends.

Susan was raised in Palisades Park where her grandfather, John Duffy, along with five other bricklayers and several laborers from town volunteered to build St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church.

Prior to her retirement, Susan was an Officer for Administration for Columbia University in the Department of Dermatology and worked in the Dermatology Department at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for 15+ years. Susan also served as the Manager of Operations in the Clinical Trials Unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University. Most recently, Susan served as Assistant to Chief of Staff at the Urban Health Plan.

Susan was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Parish and served in many leadership roles at the Parish. She also volunteered as an ESL (English as a second language) teacher for the Asian Ministries of Leonia.

An avid art and music lover, one of her favorite places to spend the day was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also loved photography, reading, religious studies and spending summers with her familiy on Cape Cod. Susan believed that, after God, music was the greatest source of comfort and healing. She loved to laugh and cry with her family, travel and the rain!

All are asked to assemble at Saint John's the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church of Leonia on Tuesday at 10 AM to celebrate her funeral mass. For information call (201)944-0100 or


Funeral Mass: February 9, 2021 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Saint John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church
Broad Avenu And Harrison Street
Leonia, NJ 07605

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  1. Sending all of our love to the family. We can't imagine your pain right now, but we hope the memory of her kindness and warmth will be a blessing and a comfort. Big hugs to all of you.

  2. My dear Aunt Susan, the only thing that makes the loss easier is knowing you are with Jack. We have so many great memories of time together and will miss you so much, all our talks, dinners and holidays. Much love to you my dear Aunt. Love, Kathleen

  3. What memories! Whereas Jack and I were best of friends in the real estate business, Susan was the one who hosted Anita and I at their home, went out to dinners with us, shared religious experiences and spiritual growth. We share in the faith that Jack and Susan are reunited again as the loving generous couple that they were. Many blessings are wished on her and Jack's family and friends. May her soul rest in love and peace. Joe Marovich

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