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Mooncai, Susan E.

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Zsuzsi Eva (Lorant) Mooncai, known by most as Susan, died Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Clark House in Desdham after a brief illness.  She was 83.  Zsuzsi was born January 28, 1930 in Budapest, Hungary, the daughter of Gyula and Lilly (Deutch) Lorant.  She attended Wellesley Collegeand worked for three years as a mechanical engineer for Jackson & Moreland in Boston.  Susan was very dedicated to the Museum of Science in Boston where she volunteered for many years and where she also served on the Board of Trustees.  She is survived by her husband, Henry Wong Mooncai.  Visiting hours will be held Monday, January 20th from 10 am to noon at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street, Westwood followed by a funeral service at noon in the funeral home.  The Reverend Christopher Dodge of the First Parish Church of Westwood will officiate.  Private interment will be in the Chapel of the Psalmist at Foreast Hills Crematory.  In lieu of flowers donations to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Judy McCarthy
    January 18th, 2014 | 9:25 am

    To the Mooncai family,

    Susie was a wonderful woman and volunteer at the Museum of Science. It has been a pleasure knowing her. Susie is in our hearts and prayers. My condolences to Henry and family.

    Judy McCarthy

  2. Gerald Kohn
    January 18th, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    Dear Mr. Mooncai,
    Suzie was almost a fixture at the MOS. She will be sorely missed along with her wonderful sense of humor.
    Jerry Kohn
    V.P. VSL

  3. Peter Garland
    January 18th, 2014 | 5:19 pm

    I am so saddened to hear this news. I saw her not that long ago being her usual cheerful self walking down the hall at the museum. Henry I am truly sorry for your loss. My heart and thoughts are with you. You like her are the kindest of people with nothing but good will for everyone.

    I will be away on Monday but I will be there in spirit. And I am always just down the hall.

    I will miss her. But I will remember her, and try to always follow her example and be better for it. She will stay with all who knew her in our hearts and thoughts.

  4. Azriel Shiloh
    January 18th, 2014 | 8:06 pm

    I always think of Susie and Henry as the most wonderful couple I know. I can’t believe she’s gone, and I can’t tell you how sorry I am. She was one of the best people in the museum community and I will always remember her with a smile.
    Azriel Shiloh

  5. Ellen Borreliz
    January 18th, 2014 | 11:53 pm

    My heart goes out to you. Susie was such a special person and I loved working with her. During some of the quieter times, she would share stories of her childhood, her early professional life, and your life together – all of which were endlessly fascinating. She also never failed to ask about the lives of those around her and to remember even the smallest of details.
    Her spirit, dedication, and enthusiasm for life will always be remembered.
    My thoughts are with you.

  6. Cy Caouette
    January 19th, 2014 | 7:55 am


    It was an honor for me to know Susie and work with her at the Museum. She was a delightful lady who commanded the respect of all and we will miss her. I extend my deepest sympathy to you on your loss.

    Cy Caouette

  7. Mark and Dottye Foxon
    January 19th, 2014 | 12:45 pm

    Dear Henry,
    What a privilege to be counted in the rolls of Suzie’s friends. A cherished friend, a wonderful co-worker,Suzie was a unique lady with a wonderful inquisitive mind and an unbeatable artistic talent. How deeply we shall all miss her.

    Dottye and Mark

  8. Rubylee Shuman
    January 19th, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    Henry, your loss is shared by the entire Museum of Science family —- Susie’s contributions will always be remembered and sorely missed — you were a roll model of how retired couples could enjoy life together

  9. Fanny Lau
    January 19th, 2014 | 3:43 pm

    Dear Henry,

    It’s hard to think of Museum volunteers and not immediately have an image of you and Suzie. The museum is a better place because of folks like you — always kind, always helpful, and always with a smile. Her presence will surely be missed and my sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Kindly yours,
    Fanny Lau
    Marketing Communications
    Museum of Science

  10. January 19th, 2014 | 5:39 pm


    I cannot express enough of how I will miss Suzie and her smiling face. I’ve known the 2 of you for a long time and all the wonderful times we’ve shared. Suzie was a special LADY and I shall never forget her. My condolences to you and your family

  11. Larry Bell
    January 19th, 2014 | 10:09 pm

    Sorry for your loss, Henry. I only saw Susie occasionally in recent years, mostly to check in on operas we had heard or were planning to hear. But I remember what a wonderful member of the Exhibits Department she was in years past. From that first project creating the solar greenhouse graphic outside of Sunlab to the treats she brought in to department events, “mit schlag,” her generous spirit she made it a better place. We’ll all miss her.

  12. Jan Crocker
    January 20th, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Dear Henry,

    I am so saddened by the loss of Susi. She was an ageless person always interested in all of us and the world around her. I, like Larry Bell, have fond memories of her talents and that wonderful flourless hazelnut cake mit schlag that always found its way to our Exhibits Department table. What a joy it has been to have Susi in my life to learn from.

  13. Andrea Burnett
    February 27th, 2014 | 11:34 pm

    Dear Henry,
    We just heard.
    I always will remember Zsuzsi and her kindness when we first moved to Boston.She made us feel welcome. Many happy memories of our visits with the both of you. We went to Peru because you both talked us into it.
    Henry please know you will be in our thoughts our deepest sympathy.
    Andrea Korthy Burnett and Jim Burnett

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