Suzanne L. (Ricker) Dworak

Suzanne L. (Ricker) Dworak

Portland, ME - Suzanne L. Dworak, 77, of Saco, Maine, formerly of Portland, died surrounded by family after a brief hospitalization on May 17, 2019, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

She was born Nov. 21, 1941, in Portland, Maine to the late Clifford S. and Doris E. (Gillespie) Ricker.

Suzanne was an office worker for many years until illness forced an early retirement. But more importantly, and central to her life, Suzanne was a mother of five. Similar to so many of her contemporaries, she worked hard to provide a roof over her children’s heads and food on the table. Her determined efforts and decisions took the family to live for brief periods in Maryland and California, but Maine was always home. 

Suzanne possessed a warm and loving spirit, and would always extend a friendly smile to anyone she encountered. She was curious and inquisitive about the world, and her love of reading and a quest for knowledge were passed to her children. Suzanne was humble and full of compassion for those in need. Her philosophy and politics were informed by her life’s experiences.

Suzanne never stopped caring for her children, even well into their adult years. Her home was always open to them, with a spare bedroom and a hot meal at the ready. Now, Suzanne’s health struggles have come to an end, and while her children are immensely saddened by her passing, they remain deeply appreciative of all she did to care for and teach them valuable lessons in life.

Suzanne is survived by her brother and his wife, John C. and Patty Ricker of Sparta, NJ; her daughters, Kelly S. Brogan of Wake Forest, NC, Maureen M. Dealaman of Yarmouth, ME, and Janice P. Morin of Old Orchard Beach, ME; her sons, Thomas A. Brogan of Union City, CA and Michael C. Brogan of Tokyo, Japan; her nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Her children wish to extend a heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Special Care Unit Two at Maine Medical Center for the tender, understanding, and compassionate care given to Suzanne and her family during this most difficult period.

Suzanne never liked being the center of attention and per her wishes there will be no services.


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  • Michelle D Seekamp on

    I deeply sorry for your loss. Praying for you all during this difficult time ❤️

  • Kathleen Solomon on

    My heart and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. The obituary was beautifully written! May you find peace in the never ending days! ♥️🙏♥️🙏

  • Tori on

    Kelly, Tommy, Maureen, Janice and Michael I am so sorry for your loss. She was such wonderful lady. She was very encouraging and caring to me and my family. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  • Vicki Depaolo on

    Sue you will be missed..Rest now sweet lady an give aunt Doris a cliff a kiss an hug… love you

  • Molly Bryant Roberts on

    Sending love and peaceful hearts to this wonderful family. A friend shared this with me in a time of grief, and it rings very true today. “I am grateful, to those who have come before you, that such light should shine in the world through you.”


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