The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 12, 2008


Susie Zielinski

Coastal geologist, good friend

Susan Elizabeth Zielinski, age 38, died on August 29, 2008 at her home in Mountain View, California of complications from breast cancer. A Carlisle native, Susie was the daughter of Sally and Bob Zielinski of Acton Street. She was also a wife, sister, and friend; a geologist, skilled watercolor painter, sculptor in stone, woodworker, hiker, gardener, fencer, horsewoman, hockey player and avid reader. She loved critters, especially her “boys” – two 14-year-old cats that were with her since graduate school – and two dogs from rescue shelters. She was loved in turn and will be missed terribly by extended family and friends on three coasts and beyond, her co-workers, and her hockey “buds.”

Susie was born on April 30, 1970, in Concord. She attended the Carlisle public schools and Concord-Carlisle High School. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1992 with a degree in geology, and received her masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – with a focus on coastal processes. She participated in beach erosion studies on the North Carolina Outer Banks and “went to the bottom of the ocean” in a deep-water submersible surveying fresh-water outflows off the coast of Florida.

Susie then moved to California where work for the U.S. Geological Survey took her to Micronesia and other parts of the Pacific. For the past ten years Susie was with the San Francisco office of the URS Corporation, an international environmental consulting firm. Her friend and colleague, Ian Austin, offered these words: “Susie got her Professional Geologist (PG) license on the first try – extremely impressive as it is virtually unheard of. Her professional legacy is that of someone who was very bright, and demanded and produced top quality work, all with a great sense of humor and a wonderfully irreverent streak.”

At URS Susie worked on a variety of projects. These included helping develop a remediation process for underground contamination at San Francisco Airport and collecting and analyzing wake data for an environmental impact study of a proposed commuter ferry system in San Francisco Bay. She also developed computer models for a lighting system study relative to a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on islands off the coast of Baja, California and its impact on a proximate bird sanctuary and studied ship ballast-water treatment to prevent introduction of invasive species at the Port of Oakland. Most recently she participated in a tidal and wave-power generation feasibility study using submerged systems near the Golden Gate Bridge.

In California, Susie met her husband, Jonah Flower, who grew up in Northampton. They were married in June 2000 in the garden at Massachusetts Audubon’s Habitat Sanctuary in Belmont. Many guests called it “the best wedding ever.” The brief shower after the ceremony just gave more variety to the picture-taking opportunities.

Susie was an accomplished athlete. She lettered in cross-country and track in high school, and in college was a member of the All New England Fencing Team. She played for many years in the Northern California Women’s Hockey League, attending tournaments in Los Angeles, San Jose, Tucson, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

In addition to her parents and husband, Susie is survived by her brother Steve Zielinski of Nashua, New Hampshire, and her maternal grandmother, Rose Handel, of The Woodlands, Texas.

A celebration of Susie’s life will be held at the First Religious Society in Carlisle on Saturday, September 27, at 3 p.m. A subsequent gathering is planned at Point Reyes in California.

To honor Susie’s memory, her family has created the Susan Zielinski Natural Science Fund at the Gleason Library. Its purpose is to benefit the people and the environment of the town by supporting forums, lectures, exhibits and additions to the collection in areas of particular interest to Susie. These include geology, ecology, and the protection of wildlife, biological diversity, and the environment. Contributions to the Fund are welcomed and should be made to the Gleason Public Library Endowment, noted for the Fund, and sent to the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle MA 01741.

A fallen blossom
Returning to the branch?
It was a butterfly.

– Arakida Moritake


Christy Kovach to wed Andy Monahan

John and Pat Kovach of Swanson Lane are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Christy Kovach to Colin Andrew Monahan, son of William and Sue Monahan of Fountain Hills, Arizona, and the late Laura Monahan of Winooski, Vermont.

Andy graduated from Burlington High School in Vermont and earned his degree from Arizona State University. He is currently employed at Raytheon in Andover and lives in Beverly with Christy.

Christy graduated from South Burlington High School and earned her degree from the University of Vermont. She is currently a massage instructor at the Palmer Institute of Massage and Bodywork in Salem and has a private practice at Serenity Wellness Center in Bedford.

A winter wedding is planned in Waitsfield, Vermont.

Christina Fiorentino to wed Timothy Young

Carole and Richard Fiorentino of Aaron Way are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Christina to Timothy Young. Christina is a graduate of the Carlisle Schools, Concord-Carlisle High School, SUNY Oneonta and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a product development manager and designer with Ariela-Alpha International in Manhattan. Tim owns his own executive recruitment firm. Christina and Tim reside in Hoboken, New Jersey and are planning a spring 2009 wedding.



Isaiah Maximus Hauser

Stephen and Kathleen Hauser of Daniels Lane are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Isaiah Maximus Hauser. He was born August 22 in the presence of family and friends at home. Big brothers James Angus Godbout and Declan Patrick Godbout were in attendance as well as Isaiah’s maternal grandmother, Mary Ryder of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. Additional proud grandparents are Alton Ryder of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire and Margaret Hauser of Rochester, New York.

Roy J. Watson, formerly of Carroll Drive, has been appointed by Massachusetts Bar Association President Edward W. McIntyre as a co-chair of the association’s newly created Immigration Law Section for the 2008-09 year, beginning September 1. Watson, of Watson Law Offices in Bedford, has represented companies throughout the United States in visa applications for talented foreign nationals. Watson is a past chairman of the Conservation Commission.

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