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Susan D. Foley

November 28, 1951 — June 30, 2024


Susan D. Foley of Woburn passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2024 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends whom Susan had touched throughout her life. She was 72.

Born on November 28, 1951, Susan was the beloved daughter of the late James Foley, Jr. and Leota (Goddard) Foley. She was raised in Newton and was a 1969 graduate of Newton High School. Upon graduating, Susan dedicated many years of service as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service until she found a home at Nixon Insurance which allowed her to raise her daughter. Once her daughter was older, she returned the Postal Service until her retirement in 2015.

Susan's life was one filled with love and dedication to her family. She married Donald McMillen on May 26, 1973, at Saint John the Evangelist Church in Wellesley. Together they raised their daughter Michele with love and devotion. Although their paths diverged, Susan and Don remained best friends throughout the years.

Susan was known for her faith, strength, independence, zest for life, and unwavering support for her loved ones. She had a generous spirit and loved visiting family and friends. She would greet them with a big smile, her unique style, always with food or gifts in hand. Her talent for crochet translated into treasured gifts for her loved ones, showcasing both her creativity and thoughtfulness. Among her many passions, Susan was an avid birdwatcher and devoted Red Sox fan, who also found pleasure in sneaking off to Foxwoods, Twin Rivers, or Encore casinos, and especially enjoyed the relaxation of being near the ocean with her feet in the sand.

Above all else, Susan found immense joy and love in the presence of her family. Nothing brought her greater happiness than being surrounded by loved ones, especially her three beloved “Grands,” Emma, Katherine, and John.

Susan’s strength, the fabric of her being, who she was, never wavered even through her long, courageous battle with cancer. A true fighter to the end.

Susan leaves her adored daughter Michele Arpino and her husband Paul of Newton; her treasured “Grands,” Emma and her fiancé, Henry Bonenfant, Katherine, and John; her dear sister Rosemary Antonellis and husband Thomas of Natick; her cherished brother James Foley III of Los Angeles, CA; her friend and sister-in-law Peggy Foley-Troy of Hudson; her best buddy and former husband Donald McMillen of Waltham; her angel-on-earth Irene Germano of Woburn, along with her beloved nieces and nephews.

Susan was predeceased by her beloved sister Donna, Foley-Troy; her darling niece Rita Lee Allain; and her longtime dear friend Al Germano. 

Family and friends will honor and remember Susan‘s life by gathering to visit on Saturday, July 6th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, Waltham, followed by her Funeral Service at 12p, noon. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. To celebrate Susan, please feel free to wear “a splash of red", her favorite color. 

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Susan’s memory to: Massachusetts Audubon Society,, 781-259-9500.

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