Susan Santoro

Susan Olson Santoro

Friday, September 6th, 1957 - Friday, April 10th, 2020
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Susan Olson Santoro, a resident of Poughkeepsie since 2011, entered into eternal rest on Friday April 10, 2020. She passed peacefully at Vassar Brother Medical Center with her loving and devoted daughter by her side. She was 62 years of age.
Susan was born to Frederick and Ellen Olson on September 6, 1957 in Manhattan, New York. She grew up in Woodbridge, New Jersey, but subsequently moved back to New York in order to start her family.
Susan worked for both the Carmelite system and owned her own dance studio within the city of Poughkeepsie. She was a beloved part of the dance community and trained professionally at the School of American Ballet during her younger years, where she would travel to the city with her father in order to follow her dreams. Dance was truly one of Susan’s greatest passions in life. In 2008, she proudly opened the doors to her own ballet school, The New York Academy of Ballet in Poughkeepsie, New York. She loved teaching children and young adults in order to share the joy of dance with many young lives. Susan made a tremendous impact on so many young people, and will forever dance in their hearts. When she first opened her ballet school, she hoped that her daughter would have some place to create and expand her passion for dance, as well. Susan lived for her students and put her heart and soul into their yearly performances on the stage of The Bardavon 1869 Opera House. These performances revitalized her soul, bringing her great joy to see her tiny dancers excel and grow on that hallowed stage.
Besides dance, one of her greatest passions was her daughter, Alessia. Alessia selflessly gave time, attention, and love to her mother when she fell ill, becoming her sole caregiver and provider, which her mother was eternally grateful for. Susan was an incredibly loving mother and gave all she could to see her daughter succeed and excel at everything she desired. The bond between mother and daughter is a bond that will continue for a lifetime.
Survivors include her daughter Alessia G. Santoro of Poughkeepsie, NY; one brother Richard J.
Olson and his wife Barbara of Pleasant Valley, NY; mother Ellen Olson of Poughkeepsie NY; and two nephews, John Olson, and James Olson. Susan is predeceased by her beloved father Frederick Olson.
Cremation has been entrusted to Wm. G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc., in Poughkeepsie, NY. Due to the current health crisis, a celebration of life will commence at the discretion of the family at a later date. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
Memorial contributions can be made in Susan’s name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at
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The Saint-Louis Family

Posted at 11:04am
Peace, Prayers and Blessings to you Susan! Thank you for your heartfelt support, encouragement and generosity to Lauren & Liz as well as our family.
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Jorden Leigh Smith

Posted at 11:34am
Alessia I am so so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved mother. I have many memories of growing up with her and you. I hope this message reaches you and you know you are in my thoughts and prayers
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Mary Ann Williams

Posted at 09:52am
I was so sorry to read about your mother's passing. I remember her coming in for parent conferences with me ...she impressed me as being such a beautiful, kind woman and devoted mother. I still have the book that the two of you made for me at the end of second grade. Please know that I am thinking of you.

Alessia Santoro Posted at 04:00pm

thank you. she was an incredible mother and I am eternally grateful and blessed that she was my mom. oh my goodness I can't believe you still have that what a treasure!!!

Michael and Caroline Gomez

Posted at 03:55pm
Alessia, please know that Michael and I are thinking of you and are holding you in our hearts.
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Alessia Santoro Posted at 07:27pm

Thank you

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Alessia Santoro Posted at 07:28pm

love you both. so grateful to have both of you in my life and for all the support over the last few years.

Christina Hughes

Posted at 03:57pm
Susan was so kind as to allow me into her home to celebrate Alessia's birthday last summer - it was clear to me how much she loved Alessia, and I smile thinking about how much the two had in common. They not only shared an obvious and deep-rooted passion for dance, but a sense of humor, a kind heart, and a radiant smile. Even in poor health, Susan had a "glow" about her, and it makes me happy knowing how much of this glow Alessia inherently shares. She took great care of her mother right til the end, and is one of the most selfless women I am lucky enough to know. Sincere condolences to my beautiful friend and the rest of Susan's family during this difficult time.

Alessia Santoro Posted at 09:26am

This is beautiful Christina

Alessia Santoro Posted at 09:26am

Love you thank you for all of your support

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