Susan Mariano, 69, longtime business owner in Grafton Susan Mariano, 69, longtime business owner in Grafton

Millbury – Susan Mariano, 69, a longtime business owner in Grafton, died in her sleep on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Susan was a loving mother and a beloved member of a very large family – a devoted sister, a loving aunt, a faithful friend, she was cherished by all who knew her. Susan was born in Worcester, one of nine children to Romeo “Ray” and Aldea (Chaisson) Mariano. Educated in the Worcester school system, Susan furthered her education by earning an associate’s degree from Worcester Industrial Technical Institute “WITI”.

For the past 30 years Susan has owned and operated Lucente Jewelers in Grafton, always greeting customers with a smile. She took great pride in her work and the value she provided to her loyal customers.

A graduate of Burncoat Senior High School, Susan was touched by the large number of students at the school who were homeless. In an effort to provide some relief, she has organized annual fundraising efforts. Every year during the holiday season, she made sure that the students received gift cards. She also provided financial support for students to receive winter clothing and food. For her efforts, she received the Worcester Public Schools “Volunteer of the Year” award.

An avid golfer, Susan has played regularly at most courses in the area and has played on some of the finest courses in the world. She had been a member of the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton. Susan also enjoyed the competitive nature of poker and participated in and won many professional tournaments. She has traveled a lot. She is a member of St Peters Church.

Susan is survived by one daughter, Tiffany Lila Baker; three brothers, Raymond, Gary and John Mariano; five sisters, Nancy Geas, Lila Herman, Marie Mariano-Gardiner, Sharon Barry and Christine Mariano; several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Susan was comforted to know that when she died, she would join her life partner of 30 years, Wilson Flores, and her mother who she missed every day.

Susan’s funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday May 4, 2022 at 11 a.m. at St Peters Church, 931 Main Street, Worcester. Interment will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial keepsakes in Susan’s name can be made to support homeless students at Burncoat Senior High by sending a donation in her name to the school.

Mercadante Funeral Home and Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester, is honored to help the family make arrangements.

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