Suzanne Marie Miazga, a graduate student from Syracuse University's College of Human Development, was returning home from a semester in London, England, as a counselor in the drug dependency unit of St. Mary's Hospital. She was working towards her Master's degree in Social Work. Described as congenial and intelligent by coworkers, Suzanne had also worked as a counselor for drug and alcohol abusers at the Benjamin Rush Center in Syracuse. "She was marvelous. She was able to establish a great rapport with patients," says Tonya Ryan, director of social services at the center.
Suzanne saw traveling to London as a chance to grow. In a letter she wrote to her mother, Anna Marie, she said she wanted to "live life and not just exist." Her overseas studies also allowed her to see other parts of Europe: France, Italy, and Switzerland.
Originally from Utica, New York, she was a 1984 graduate of Oriskany Central High School, where she won the Business Award, was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Spanish Club, a cheerleader, and a participant in the Colgate Seminar Studies. She attended Mohawk Valley Community College, where she majored in Family Services and later earned a Bachelor's degree from Syracuse. She was also a licensed real estate agent. She is survived by her mother, Anna Marie; her father, Richard; two sisters; and her paternal grandmother.
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