Suzanne Marie McKaskill, 75

Date Published: 
Dec. 29, 2017

During a blustery snowstorm the night of Dec. 13, 2017, Suzanne Marie McKaskill, 75, of Millsboro, Del., fondly known as “Nana,” left this Earth with the angels to be reunited with her beloved husband of 42 years, Donald “Pappy” McKaskill.

McKaskill was born in Yonkers, N.Y., to Marie and Donald “Buddy” Nolan, on March 16, 1942. She was a vibrant, fun-loving firecracker. She was no-nonsense and kept a tight ship. Although petite in stature, her presence was a mighty force. She had the will of an Irish warrior princess. Most respected her, some feared her, but everyone adored her. She loved to travel with her late husband and family, taking them on many great adventures that left behind a “suitcase of memories.”

McKaskill enjoyed music and dancing, yard sales and organizing family dinners. During the summer, she was often found on the beach, sitting under an umbrella reading a good book, or strolling along the shoreline. She was an avid gardener with a green thumb that many envied and was a member of Amvets Post 2 Ladies Auxiliary.

The treasures she left behind are her three daughters, Suzy, Mia and Jaime and her husband, Neil; five grandchildren, Marisa and her husband, Trevor, Zane, Luke, Mathew and Patrick, four siblings, Donnie, Jimmy, Michele and Nanette; a myriad of in-laws, nieces and nephews; her partner, Walt; and many others who will miss her free spirit.

A celebration of McKaskill’s life is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2018, at 3 p.m. at AmVets Post 2, 35644 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del. Those attending should be prepared to celebrate “Suzanne-style,” enjoy good food, dance, share stories, read a poem, or any other way they choose to express their love and honor her memory. All are welcome. A private ceremony will be held at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro earlier that day.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to AmVets Post 2 or the Cancer Research Institute at www.cancerresearch.org, or people may plant something beautiful in her name. Arrangements were by the Long Neck branch of Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.