Dr. Suzanne Hebert Imondi

  • Born: April 25, 1965
  • Died: May 30, 2012
  • Location: South Windsor, Connecticut

Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home

419 Buckland Rd
South Windsor, CT 06074

Tel. (860) 644-2940

Tribute & Message From The Family


It is with immense sadness that the family of Dr. Suzanne Hebert Imondi announces her passing on May 30, 2012, after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. She was 47 years old. Her life, though cut too short, was filled with love, kindness and an incredible quiet strength. She leaves behind her devoted husband of almost 20 years, Dr. David M. Imondi and her beloved children, Grace (age 11) and Dominic (age 9). Dr. Hebert Imondi was born in Corning, NY on April 25, 1965 to Dr. Normand Hebert and the late Therese Hebert. She was raised in Goffstown, NH. Dr. Hebert Imondi was a graduate of Goffstown High School. She received AB in Biology from Smith College in 1987 and a Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in 1991. She was a staff optometrist with Medical West Eye Associates in Chicopee, MA and later with Surgical and Medical Eye Associates of Manchester, CT. After being diagnosed with Stage Four Breast Cancer in 2004, Dr. Hebert Imondi left her profession and focused on advocacy and education for fellow patients with metastatic breast cancer. She became vice president of Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, a national patient advocacy group dedicated to the unique concerns of patients living with metastatic breast cancer. Her valiant battle with cancer and her national accomplishments in cancer advocacy have been featured in the New York Times, ABC Nightly News, Wall Street Journal and Cancer Today magazine. She was the winner of the 2011 National Ladies Home Journal Power of Ten Award, which recognizes women who have made a difference in their community. In addition, she was a volunteer at St. James School in Manchester and was the St. James School HSA secretary. In addition to her husband and children, Dr. Hebert Imondi leaves her father, Dr. Normand C. Hebert, her sister Michele Becker and her husband Dr. Gil Becker, brothers Marc Hebert and his wife Kelly Hebert and Dr. Daniel Hebert and his wife Leah. She leaves her nieces Jenna Tramonti, Krista Tramonti and Shannon Hebert and nephews Dylan Hebert and Harrison Hebert. She also leaves her father-in-law Harold Imondi and sister and brother-in-law Lynn and Richard Tramonti. She was recently preceded by her mother Therese Hebert and mother-in-law Rita Imondi, two women who she loved immensely. She also leaves her lovable golden doodle George. The family would like to thank all who loved and supported Suzanne through her long illness. We also thank the entire St. James School staff and families especially Suzanne's dear friends Susan Bushman, Linda Carpenter and Beth Holcomb. A special thanks to Suzanne's medical team. First and foremost to Dr. Pat Defusco who has been Suzanne's guardian angel throughout her illness. Thank you also to Ashley and the nurses at CB2, and Jen and the nurses at the Wethersfield Infusion Center. In Suzanne, we have lost a beautiful soul who quietly and gracefully changed the world and she will never be forgotten. Contributions in Suzanne's memory may be sent to Metastatic Breast Cancer Network P.O. Box 1449 New York, NY 10159. Family and friends may gather, Monday June 4th at 9 a.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, 896 Main St. in Manchester, CT. Her family will receive friends Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home. For online expressions of sympathy, (a video tribute will be available on Saturday) please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com


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Condolence & Memory Journal

My best friend just got the same diagnosis. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Deana Love    July 18, 2014

Dear Norman, My heart is heavy with sorrow after reading about Suzanne's death. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Dorothy Goode Kaffel

Posted by Dorothy Goode Kaffel - Candia, NH   June 12, 2012

To the Imondi Hebert Families, Suzanne was a friend of mine for many years growing up in Goffstown, NH. She had such a beautiful soul, even as a young girl, and carried herself with such grace. She always had a smile, a kind word to say, and was a friend of many. What a legacy she leaves. God Bless.

Posted by Jennifer Lamy Wyman - Bedford, NH   June 08, 2012

David, Grace, Dominic, the Hebert & the Imondi families, We are forever changed by Suzanne's love and for that we are grateful. How lucky were we to have her as such a big part of our lives? INCREDIBLY LUCKY! Our hearts ache because we miss her so much. One of my favorite memories of our time together was watching our then small children run down the hill at Johnny Appleseed's Farm on a beautiful fall day...

Posted by Mark, Susan, Elliot, Ethan & Owen Bushman - South Windsor, CT   June 08, 2012

Dear Hebert family,

I wanted to share the condolences of the entire Smith family (from Pinecrest Drive, Goffstown) who had the opportunity to share in the early life of Suzanne and her family. Suzanne was indeed a bright light in the lives of those who knew her and we have such fond memories of the early years between our two families. Our collective heart aches as we learn of this news.....

You will always be part of the fabric of our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

Sincerely,

Mike Smith on behalf of the entire Barry and Jeannine Smith family

Posted by Michael Smith - Portland, ME - Friend   June 07, 2012

To both the Hebert and Imondi families, My deepest sympathies for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

Posted by Stephen Crotty - Hollywood, FL   June 04, 2012

Dominic, Grace and David - Suzanne's loving nature shows through all of you. Your devotion to each other shines through all of this temporary state that you are in. Suzanne will always be with you in the memories that she made sure she created for you. She is no longer suffering and at peace. Love, hugs and prayers always.

Posted by Davis Family - Manchester, CT   June 04, 2012

Dear Grace, I`m very sorry for your moms death.She was awesome to talk to at the girl scout meetings and she was always smiling everytime I saw her.She loved you so much and I just wanted to tell you that no matter how far apart she seems she is always in your heart.You are a great friend! Love your friend, LIVI Dear Mr.Imondi and the rest of your family, I am very sorry about your loss. Mrs.Imondi always made me feel special when I talked to her.She was a great lady! Love, Livi Dear Dominic, I am very sorry about your mom and I know you probably miss her alot right now but try to think about all the good memories of her. Love, Livi

Posted by Olivia LaRosa - South Windsor, CT   June 04, 2012

Suzanne and I sang together in the alto section of South Windsor Community Chorus. She was a great gal and I’m glad to have known her. My sincere condolences to the family, and my hopes for your strength and healing in spirit.

Posted by Valerie Marinucci - South Windsor, CT   June 04, 2012

Lee and I want to express our deepest sympathy for you and your family- our thoughts and prayers are with you all. While we didn't know Suzanne well, she sounded like a wonderful, and very stong, person. Take good care, Sincerely, Ellen and Lee Blair

Posted by Ellen Blair - West Hartford, CT   June 03, 2012

Dear Dave, Grace, Dominic, and your entire family, Suzanne carried a light within her, that was evident to me from the first time I met her. And it was such a lovely thing to behold, to see how much she loved you, Dave, and appreciated your humor. What a special person and couple you were! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, today and always, With love and sympathy, Erica

Posted by Erica Nierendorf-Petitti - Bloomfield, CT   June 03, 2012

To the Imondi Hebert family -- our hearts go out to all of you... Although we didn't know you all that long Dominic and my son Alex got to be such good friends. I will miss Suzanne's quiet strength and her friendship but know that we will always have her in our thoughts and prayers. If we can be of any help or assistance please don't hesitate to call on us David -- we are there for you and Grace and Dominic ... Valerie & Alex Vetere

Posted by Valerie Vetere - Manchester, CT   June 03, 2012

To the Imondi Family, The Halligan and Cooper families send their deepest condolences for your loss. Suzanne will always be an inspiration to me. Regardless of what she had to endure, I never heard her complain, or even mention that she was tired or not feeling well. A true mom, always thinking of Grace and Dominic and how she could be there for them, no matter how she felt. I will miss our "book chats" and conversations at the pool club. She was such a soft spoken and intelligent woman. I remember talking to Suzanne about a book we had both recently finished and loved. She had such an interesting perspective, I went back and re-read parts of the book. Grace and Dominic -- never forget how lucky you are to have had such a special mom who loved you more than anything. Beth Halligan

Posted by Beth Halligan - south windsor, CT   June 03, 2012

Dave My heart is filled with sadness for you and your family. You and Suzanne were soul mates and your love for each other was as obvious 20 plus years ago as it was today, reading her beautiful obituary. You are in our thoughts and prayers and I hope you find solace in your family and friends and the love in your heart. Dora

Posted by Dora Sudarsky - Burlington, VT   June 02, 2012

Suzanne was an inspiration to many, a warm soul with a tenacious spirit. With diplomacy, compassion, sensitivity and brilliance, Suzanne pushed for the world to acknowledge the women and men who suffered, like she did, with metastatic breast cancer. I feel blessed to have had the privilege of spending time with Suzanne. We shared laughter and tears. Even though she gave so much time and energy to the organization, it was always clear that her heart belonged to her family. On behalf of MBCN, I send my deepest condolences to her beloved family. May her memory be for a blessing.

Posted by Joani Gudeman - Chicago, IL - MBCN board member   June 02, 2012

So many wonderful words can be written about you and your family. However, the best that I can come up with are, The world is a much better place because Suzanne was here and we are better people because we knew Suzanne. Now Heaven will be better because she Dwells there. God Bless you and your family. Find comfort in His love.

Posted by Paul Miller - Wallingford, CT   June 02, 2012

David, My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and all your family.I did nt know her well but always heard wonderful things about her.Will keep her in my prayers.

Posted by virginia ronci - cranston, RI   June 02, 2012

Candle

Suzanne was a wonderful person. I believe she touched the lives of everyone she met. She will always have a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Posted by Lisa (Levasseur) Roy - New Boston, NH - Cousin   June 01, 2012

Suz's obituary was written with such love and respect and seems to capture her so well. She was the most graceful human being I have ever known and feel privileged to have known her as I did. My prayers are with you David, Grace, and Dominic.

Posted by Kate Viret - Mountain View, CA - Smith friend   June 01, 2012

My heart aches for you and your children. Thinking of you at this time.

Posted by Leora Berns - Avon, CT   June 01, 2012

When I think of Suz, the words strength, bravery and true goodness come to mind. We wil miss you terribly but will hold you forever in our hearts. My deepest sympathy to David, Dominic and Grace and Suz's entire family and friends.

Posted by Donna Lazar - Wakefield, MA - Smith College friend   June 01, 2012

Drew and I send our love and prayers to David, Grace, Dominic, and the family. Suzanne brought so much happiness, fun, and love into David's life and her love of life will shine through in your beautiful children. With Love, Tammy

Posted by Tammy Boecher - Dedham, MA   May 31, 2012

Suzanne was like the sister that I never had. She was the strongest person I know. She never complained about the many surgeries and treatments she had to endure. She was a role model for my Jenna and Krista. Suz, we know that you are an angel looking down on us and your legacy lives on in your two beautiful children. You will be loved and remembered forever. Lynn xoxo

Posted by Lynn Imondi Tramonti - RI   May 31, 2012