Susan Maxine Bonitatibus (1960 - 2008)





at Wild cat Falls,
Merrimack, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Cause of death: Drowning

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Merrimack, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire


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Crystal grower/Inspector; Greyhound Placement Service NH Kennel assistant

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Sue was a wonderful woman who enjoyed her dogs, biking, running and she made/baked fantastic bread. She was cared about by many and had a smile that would light up a room! She enjoyed reading, was concerned about the environment and loved frogs and greyhounds...but not in that order!
She was a treasured friend and is remembered in the wonderful memories of time spent with her. She has passed but will never be forgotten by those that knew and loved her.


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Edward Lane MERRIMACK - Michele Houghton and Susan Bonitatibus found lasting friendship through their shared passion for animals. The two first met 13 years ago when Houghton, of New Boston, was teaching dog obedience classes in Goffstown. At the time, Bonitatibus was an assistant there. "She was a true dog person and a good friend," Houghton said. Indeed, neighbors nearest to Bonitatibus' most recent home near Wildcat Falls in Merrimack often saw her walking with an 11-year-old whippet named Shazam. Shazam is now in Houghton's care, as Bonitatibus drowned in the falls Tuesday afternoon July 29,2008. She went to cool off with her friend and housemate, but got caught in the swift current and never resurfaced. Jean MacKenzie, of Northwood, Bonitatibus' friend of 20 years, said Thursday she was "basically still in shock" about the incident. "I was so surprised at what happened because she was a strong woman," MacKenzie said, adding that just a couple of weeks ago, Bonitatibus rode 30 or 40 miles on her bicycle. "I really was truly shocked and saddened. She'll be missed." Houghton, who has a kennel and runs Greyhound Placement Service, said Bonitatibus volunteered for her organization and often oversaw the kennel if Houghton was away. MacKenzie, herself a dog breeder, said Bonitatibus handled whippets at dog shows and was taking one of MacKenzie's dogs to agility classes. "One of the things Sue loved and did best is take all the puppies and socialize them," MacKenzie said. "She'd bring them to meet people, to Petco, things like that. (The dogs) enjoyed her quite a bit. They were a main part of her life." The friends traveled out of state together to dog shows and different events. "She really enjoyed the camaraderie of all the people that she'd meet at the shows," MacKenzie said. "She was fun to be with." Outside of dogs, Bonitatibus was athletic, her friends said. "She was really a very active person," Houghton said. "She ran. She loved to bike. She loved to hike with her dog." MacKenzie said Bonitatibus could be counted on in a pinch, and liked to laugh. She'd often send e-mails with a "sharp, sort of biting sense of humor." Houghton said Bonitatibus worked at several different places while she knew her. Her most recent job was at Tractor Supply Co. in Merrimack, where Bonitatibus was described this week by her manager, Mark Fegley, as "always upbeat" and "a true pleasure" to have around. Bonitatibus lived in Merrimack for less than a year on Edward Lane. Houghton said she rented an apartment there. "It was perfect for her," Houghton said. "She was happy there."
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