1946 – 2013
Woodstock – Suzanne (Vaillant) Franklin, 66, of Stone Hill Rd., passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in SaintFrancisHospital in Hartford after a short, but very courageous battle with lung cancer. She was the loving wife of the late Richard W. Franklin. Born and raised in Putnam, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Gabriel (Bardier) Vaillant.
She attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from PutnamHigh School in 1964. It was here that she met her future husband, Richard. Together they raised four beautiful daughters, who were the center of her universe.
Suzanne was a well known member of the community. As an active member of the Putnam Rotary Club for many years, she enjoyed serving as President from 2002-2003, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award. She also served as secretary for the Putnam Rotary Foundation. She was a “champion” for the Northeast Chamber of Commerce in every sense of the word. She served for 11 years on the Board of Directors and in 2006 she served as the President of the organization. In 1996, Sue was the recipient of the very last Athena Award presented from the Chamber. In 2008, she was recognized with the Chamber’s coveted Gold Key Award, an award presented for outstanding service. Suzanne was co-owner of Franklin Pharmacy and Home Health, Inc., and The Healthy Lady both formerly located in Woodstock.
Of the many accomplishments Suzanne has had, being a mother and Nana to 10 has been her greatest. Family is what mattered most to her; spending time with them and watching them grow brought her great joy. She also enjoyed traveling to Aruba and Maine with friends and family.
Suzanne is survived by her daughters, Amy Ponte and her husband Rick of Woodstock, Melissa Duncan and her husband Jeffrey of Woodstock, Rebecca Anderson and her husband Otto of Woodstock, and Allison Dumas and her husband Justin of Putnam; her grandchildren; Jessica, Cody, Chase, Parker, Garrett, Dominic, Olivia, R.J., and Avery; one great-grandson, Aiden; her brother, Gerry Vaillant and his wife Sandy of Putnam; her aunt Jeanne Lavallee; her special friend, Patty Breault and her goddaughter Susan Byrnes who helped Suzanne greatly during this difficult time, several nieces, nephews, treasured friends, and her beloved dog, Zoe. She is predeceased by two “sons” Erik Kohler of Germany, Ricardo Zulli of Brazil, and a son-in-law Joshua PetersonRelatives and friends are invited to visit with Suzanne’s family from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in the East Woodstock Congregational Church, 220 Woodstock Rd, E. Woodstock, CT 06244. Memorial donations may be made to the Richard W. Franklin Memorial Fund, c/o Citizens National Bank, 182 Main St., Putnam, CT 06260 or in Sue’s name to the St. Francis Hospital Cancer Center, 114 Woodland St Hartford, CT 06105-1299. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.