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“Dear Rachel,I was so saddened to read about your mom's passing. She was a great lady and I shall always remember her fondly.Blessings,Ann ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Ann Shadduck - Wilmington, DE

“Rachel & David ~Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your Mother. Try to take comfort in knowing she is not gone.....just gone ahead. ...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Susan Collins - Wilmington

“Rachel and David,My deepest condolences. I actually tried to go to your mother's service today at Chandler's [Oct 6]. Needless to say, it didn't...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Anne Aleman - Wilmington, DE

“I remember how supportive both of the Goorlands were when my husband Dan Frawley was mayor of Wilmington. What nice people! They both were great...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Bonita Frawley - Wilmington, DE

“Rachel and David, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was the sweetest person. Will keep you both in my prayers cause I know it isn't easy. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Eileen Bowers - Clayton, DE

“A classy lady....always loved making the sales calls at Goorland & Mann....she and Lou always made your day brighter...thoughts and prayers to your...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Greg Breunig - Wilmington, DE

“To Suzanne's family from your Ministry of Caring 'family'....our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. May your wonderful memories bring you...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Br. Ronald Giannone, OFM Cap. - DE

“Rachel & David:Sad to hear of your Mom's passing. Her soul has been sent to a newborn somewhere and her Spirit will live on. Losing your Mom leaves a...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Eric Campbell - Wilmington, DE

“I know Sue would say, "that's just the way that I am"!!! Beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman! John Schaal ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: John Schaal - Ft Lauderdale, FL

“Rachel, that's a beautifully written obituary. It really captures Sue's sweet heart and boundless energy. My heart breaks for you and Debbie.Robin...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“When I opened the paper today - I was taken back with the sweet, smiling face of Suzanne. I met Suzanne while I was working in my senior year (1954)...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Frances Cebenka - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Rachel and David,I am Johnny Naughton's daughter, Eileen. I have many fond memories of your Mother, Suzanne and your Father, Lou while growing...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Eileen Naughton - Wilmington, DE

“Rachel, We are so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very special lady. She and your dad always made me feel like family whenever I was with...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Jeanie (Pitrizzi) & Sam Blair - DE

“My condolences to you Rachel, your mother was a beautiful person, who always made me laugh along with your dad! They will always have a special place...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Elise Romero - Wilmington, DE

“I knew Sue through my mother Sandra. They were friends. I was Sue's go to person when ever she had any technological problems. Stuff with her...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Mulrooney - Wilmington, DE


Suzanne W. Goorland, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away on Wednesday September 27, 2017.
Suzanne is survived by her children Rachel K. Goorland (Deborah Pisan) and David R Goorland (Tracy Goorland), five grand-children, her cat Pete, and at last count three dogs. She loved, loved, loved her cat Pete, whom she stole from her daughter. She was predeceased by her parents, Abraham and Gertrude Weiss, her sister Millicent Finkel, and her beloved husband, Louis G. Goorland. Suzanne outlived most of her friends because she took such good care of herself. Lou often warned her about the pitfalls of healthy living.
Born in 1931 on the lower East Side of Manhattan, Suzanne came to Wilmington, Delaware when she was 10 years old. After graduating from Wilmington High School in 1949 Suzanne worked as a bookkeeper for Pusey & Jones Shipyard, a job she loved. Sue was scheduled to go on a blind date with Alan Goorland, but his twin brother Lou showed up instead. On their second date Lou bought her a pair of alligator pumps and Suzanne fell instantly in love. Married on April 11, 1954, Suzanne and Lou were together for 51 years until his death in 2005.
Suzanne was the quintessential homemaker. She loved her children and her husband and was happiest taking care of her family. She was also active in B'nai B'rith Women serving as President from 1967-1968. After raising her children, Suzanne returned to the workforce in 1980, first as a bookkeeper at Salesianum High School and then in 1985 alongside her husband at Goorland & Mann, retiring in 2010. She loved going to the Jersey shore and to the Delaware beach and travelling all over the world with her husband. She especially loved going to New York City to see Broadway shows with her dear friend Martha Holliday and to the Metropolitan Opera House with Michelle Harrell, whom she considered a second daughter, and her husband Doug. She loved to exercise and went to the Preventive Medicine Rehabilitation Institute five days a week. She also attended The Academy of Lifelong Learning. Suzanne lived a full life surrounded by an abundance of love and will be remembered by the kindness and love she extended to others.
A Memorial Service celebrating Suzanne's life will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017, 11:00 AM at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will be private.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Gail Palmer, who was Suzanne's primary caregiver, as well as Progressive Health of Delaware, Carpe Vita Home Care of Delaware and Vitas Hospice Care.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to one of Suzanne's favorite charities; The Limen House of Delaware, PO Box 1306, Wilm., DE 19899, West End Neighborhood House, 710 N. Lincoln St. Wilm.,DE 19805 or The Ministry of Caring, 115 E.14th St., Wilm, DE 19801.