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Susan Savilla (Donoghue) Bullen

November 8, 1955 ~ March 1, 2021 (age 65)


Susan Savilla Donoghue Bullen, 65, of Springfield, died early Monday evening, March 1, 2021 in Springfield, MA with her loving children by her side. She was born and educated in Springfield, a daughter of the late Charles D. and Jane (Hodges) Donoghue who were both born in Springfield. Susan spent her life in loving service to others, working both in childcare and eldercare and bringing laughter, comfort and an abundance of love to all who knew her.  She loved looking after children, listening to good music, chatting up friends and strangers alike,  playing backgammon and cooking for loved ones. Susan was well known for her sharp-tongued one-liners, sardonic wit and perfect pasta salad. She transitioned peacefully surrounded by family, joining her parents and her beautiful grandson Connor. Susan is survived by her devoted partner of over 30 years, Joseph Ramirez of Springfield; her three beloved children, Charles Bullen and his wife Sara of Plantation, FL, Emily Megas-Russell and her husband Jon, and Abigail Bullen, both of Brattleboro, VT;  her grandchildren Mackenzie, Viola and the late Connor; her former husband, Christopher Bullen of Springfield; her seven siblings, Patty Donoghue Deshaies, and her late husbands Donald and Steve, Kathy Callahan and her husband Jim, Nancy Donovan and her husband Dennis, James Donoghue and his late wife Marty and Janice, Jane Simmons and her partner Bill and former husband Jim, Charles Donoghue and his wife Donna, Kevin Donoghue and his wife Patty; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and numerous friends.  As Susie would say “Don’t put the coffee on, cause I’m not staying.” If you would like to make contributions in Susan and her family’s honor, we would like to direct you here:

  Apert Owl

  Tapestry Health


At death, they say

everything inside us opens, 

mouth, heart, even the ear opens

and breath passes

through the memories 

of loves and faces. 

The embrace opens

and grandmothers pass, 

wearing sunlight 

and thin rain, 

walking out of fire

as flame

and smoke

leaving the ashes,


That’s when rain begins, 

and when the mouth of the river sings, 

water flows from it

back to the cellular sea

and along the way

earth sprouts and blooms, the grandmothers

keep following the creation

that opens before them

as they sing. 


-excerpt from The Grandmother Songs by Linda Hogan


Please click the link below to join us for a virtual Memorial Service

on Friday March 5th from 6:30 to 8pm

Virtual Memorial Service for Susan Bullen

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Meeting ID: 923 2499 0334

Passcode: sB44bC

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Viritual Service
March 5, 2021

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

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