In loving memory of

Susan Klapthor
October 30, 1946 - November 17, 2020

Susan Thomas Klapthor of Portsmouth, RI passed away in the comfort of her home on November 17, 2020 with her family by her side. She was 74 years old.

Sue was born in Newport, RI on October 30, 1946 to the late (Ret.) Lt. Colonel Charles G. Thomas and the late Minnie Berman Thomas. She was the wife of Ronald B. Klapthor for 47 years.

Sue graduated from Rogers High School in 1964 and from Bryant College (now Bryant University) in 1967 with an Associate's Degree in Secretarial Sciences. Immediately following graduation, she moved to Boston to take a position as a legal secretary with the well-known law firm of Bingham, Dana & Gould. In 1972, Sue returned to Newport and continued her career with Corcoran, Peckham & Hayes. She also worked at various other law firms in Newport County until her retirement in 2017.

In her free time, Sue enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and her beloved cat, Montana. She enjoyed shopping trips, getting her hair and nails done, and watching the Food Network.

Besides her husband, Sue is survived by her son, Matthew B. Klapthor, of Portsmouth. She is also survived by her brother, David A. Thomas and his wife Lisa of Metuchen, NJ; her brothers in-law Joseph Rodrigues of Middletown, and David C. Klapthor and his wife Mary of Brockton, MA; her nieces Jodi L. Rodrigues, Hannah Thomas, and Jennifer Klapthor; and her nephews Gabriel Thomas, David R. Klapthor, Timothy Klapthor, and Brian Klapthor. She was predeceased by her sister in-law Linda Klapthor Rodrigues; her aunts Beatrice Berman Bazarsky, Esther Berman Smith; and her uncles Morris Berman and Max Berman.

Sue's family would like to thank Dr. David Cunningham, Dr. Walter Roettinger, the Dialysis Center of Tiverton/American Renal Associates, Newport Hospital, and Beacon Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice for the exceptional care that they provided.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, RI 02842 or to the Dialysis Center of Tiverton/American Renal Associates, 22 Hurst Lane, Tiverton, RI 02878.


Kathy Velino wrote on Nov 21, 2020:

"I am so sorry to hear of Sue\'s passing. I have many happy memories from our high school days. She was a dear friend and she will be deeply missed. My sincere condolences to her family. "

Roberta Berman wrote on Nov 20, 2020:

"Dear Ron and Matt, I am so shocked and saddened that Sue has passed away. I\'ll miss her terribly. She will always be a dear part of my childhood memories, and our \"catch-up\" conversations thru the years. hugs and love to you, your cousin, Roberta Berman"

Debby Godino wrote on Nov 20, 2020:

"Sue was a wonderful person and became a friend to everyone who met her. We me at work over 22 years ago and I will miss her friendship. RIP my friend and I\'ll see you on the other side. Prayers to her family. Debby Godino."

Sheila Berman Greeley wrote on Nov 20, 2020:

"Dear Ron and Matt, My deepest sympathy about Sue. I have many wonderful childhood memories about our families together in Newport. Love, your cousin Sheila Berman Greeley "

Camille A Cole wrote on Nov 19, 2020:

"Ron & Matt - so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Camille Cole"

mary ellen martin wrote on Nov 19, 2020:

"Ronnie & Matt - Very sorry for your loss. Sue was so wonderful and a great friend to everyone who knew her. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary Ellen "