|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1869|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 23, 1956|
My grandmother, Susie Healy, had her last child, my mother at the age of 40, and my mother was 40 when I was born. My grandmother lived to her upper eighties but I don't remember her. I saw a picture of her once and I looked just like her, but my mother and I also looked very much alike. Susie was born in Buffalo, New York, of parents recently emigrated from The Emerald Isle.
The Healys were strong Protestants and did not like Catholics and Susie married James, who was a strong Catholic. Susie & James were married twenty years and had five kids when James decided to move on.
Susie lost one child, Eddie, of spinal meningitis at the age of 18 months, and another child, Lela (but spelled differently on burial records) at the age of 17 of heart trouble.
Susie and James also were parents to Dewey James Steel (1898-), Ruth F. Steele Johnston (1906-1987), and my mother Helen Mae Steele Alspaugh (1909-2005).
Susie took in washing when her two youngest children needed her to be home, then went out to work cleaning houses. She also worked in a cigar factory owned by a family member. Susie suffered from a severe case of rhuematoid arthritis.
Susie buried her father and her daughter Lela within one week.
Susie also was a midwife and attended many home births (and in those days all children were born at home).
Susie learned to read by reading the Holy Bible and Shakespeare. Although she didn't have much formal education, she not only read Shakespeare, she understood it!
Susie hated any alcohol since her husband was a drinker. Susie was 100% Irish and some of my dad's family thought she was a witch (they were of 100% German descent and didn't trust anyone they didn't know). Susie probably was psychic, because her daughter (my mother) was. The three days before Susie's transition into the next world she talked to her departed family just like they were in the room with her. My mother said that when Susie passed she had a huge smile on her face, and Susie had never smiled much. I grew up believing that when it is time for us to go Home, our "people" come to escort us from this world. My mother loved her mother very much, and took care of Susie for twenty-three years. My mother never visited Susie's grave, nor my father's, nor my sister's. Now I understand why - it was just too difficult.
According to newfound cousin, John Moore, Susie (and my mother and Aunt Ruth insisted Susie was her given name and not a dimunitive for Susan) married James L. Steele in 1895.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.
Daniel Healy (1835 - 1915)
Marguerite Morrell Healy (1833 - 1905)
Leola Margaret Steele (1896 - 1915)*
Dewey James Steele (1898 - 1951)*
Edward Steele (1900 - 1901)*
Ruth Florence Steele Johnston (1906 - 1987)*
Helen Mae Steele Alspaugh (1909 - 2005)*
John Healy (1860 - 1889)*
Margaret Healey Thompson (1866 - 1950)*
Susie Healy Steele (1869 - 1956)
Glen Rest Memorial Estate
Created by: Rev. Carol Alspaugh Schl...
Record added: Nov 20, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12444215