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We are sad to announce that Susan Hall, a former WBO MC President has passed away

19 Jan 2012 10:49 AM | Dr. Naomi Abrams (Administrator)
Susan Hlesciak Hall (who grew to prefer Susana, the Spanish version of her given name) died on January 8, 2012 in Rincon, Puerto Rico at age 65. She passed away peacefully following surgery for a massive mesenteric thrombosis. Susana was born April 10, 1946 in Jamaica, New York to Paul and Edith Hlesciak. At an early age, the Hlesciaks moved to Merrick, Long Island where their family expanded to include three siblings - Cheryl, Jeffrey and Debra. Susana excelled at school where she cultivated a lifelong passion for the written word. Her talent was honored by the publication of her poem in a national anthology of high school students' work. She continued her outstanding academic performance at the State University of New York at Albany, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in 1968 and later earned a Master's Degree in Public Communications Summa Cum Laude from The American University. Susana married Warren Hall in Albany, New York on April 13, 1968 where their son Adam was born in 1972. Soon after, the family moved to the Washington, DC area where son Joshua was born in 1975. Most of the family's years together were spent in Columbia, MD, where Susana encouraged her sons to excel in school and baseball (only partially to give her the opportunity to be scorekeeper for their teams). As empty nesters, Susana and Warren moved to Kensington, MD, the home base that launched their worldwide travels to experience many cultures, customs and enriching adventures. Susana turned her love of writing into a career that included positions in public communications and, most recently, establishing and directing her own consulting firm. She was also involved in writers' groups throughout her life and founded the Wednesday Writers in Bethesda, MD in 2009. A strong advocate for human rights, she also generously supported her favorite charities including the Childhood Leukemia Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. She is survived by her devoted spouse, Warren, loving children Adam (Brooke) and Joshua (Thea) of Maryland and beloved grandchildren Joseph and Tillie Hall, as well as by her mother Edith Hlesciak of New Jersey and siblings Cheryl Lachowicz of Nevada, Jeffrey Hlesciak of New Jersey, and Debra Thibault of Pennsylvania. A memorial service in celebration of Susana's life will be held at 2 p.m. on January 21 at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda. In accordance with her wishes, Susana's ashes will rest in sunny Puerto Rico, which she came to love as an escape from Maryland's chilly winters. Susana's family and friends will remember her as loving, compassionate, principled, and intellectually curious, and will miss her greatly.

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