Published: November 22, 2022
CONNECTICUT — Susan Christine MacKay, 67, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2022, in Connecticut after a long battle with cancer.
Susan was born March 14, 1955, in Detroit, Mich. She was adopted by John Walker MacKay and Evabelle Kathryn “Kay” MacKay (nee Atkinson). The MacKays settled in Grosse Point Park in 1959, buying a home on East Jefferson Avenue. In December 1964, they welcomed a son, also via adoption, into their family.
After graduating from Grosse Pointe South High School, Susan attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Upon returning to Grosse Pointe Park, she embarked on a 20-year career as an X-ray technician at various hospitals. She bought a home in the area and began an enduring relationship with Peter Callaway Field.
Susan and Peter shared a fascination with Colonial-era antiques and built a career as collectors and dealers of such items. In July 1996, after a long search, they bought their dream home — a carefully preserved Cape Cod built in 1787, in the small town of Chaplin, Conn. From there, they traveled all over New England and the Midwest to buy and sell antiques.
In 2004, Susan had the profound pleasure of meeting a biological brother she never knew she had: Joseph Bowman of Woodhaven. Susan enjoyed close and loving relationships with Joe, his wife, their children and grandchildren for the rest of her life.
Several years after Peter’s untimely death from cancer in November 2010, Susan met Dr Zoran Pazameta, professor of astronomy and physics at Eastern Connecticut State University. They married in 2017 and divorced amicably three years later. They continued living together, with Zoran caring for Susan during her battle with cancer until she required admission into a nursing home, where she passed away several weeks later.
Susan loved animals and was a passionate advocate for adopting rescued dogs, always having several of them in her home.
Per Susan’s request, she was cremated, and her ashes shared among loved ones. Susan is survived by her former husband, Zoran; brothers, Lachlan MacKay (Troy) and Joseph Bowman (Sharon); and Joe’s sons, Brian (Kim) and Jeffrey, and their children.
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