Suzelle was born in Port Salut, Haiti on December 26, 1942. The daughter of Frank Cherestal and Marie Rose Fancess Deller Cherestal, Suzelle was one of eight children born in this union and was the oldest girl.
Before moving to the United States, Suzelle worked as a teacher, married Nicolas Clarence Fortin in 1967 and had their first daughter, Berthe (Betty). Suzelle moved with her family to New York City in 1971 where she later had her second daughter, Princess. Suzelle worked in Manhattan, went back to school to further her education, and graduated from nursing school in Queens, NY in 1986. Suzelle was a compassionate nurse and cared for hundreds of patients and families over the years.
She settled in Boston for a few years and later moved to New Jersey where she remarried in 2000 to Vincente Lopez, a chef and musician from Mugardos, Spain. Suzelle lived in New Jersey for nearly 20 years before retiring. She was a vivacious personality that loved her family deeply. Suzelle was bold, a fighter, and very resilient, yet very sensitive. She loved her country Haiti, she loved music and to travel. She enjoyed the finer things in life and brought smiles and joy to others with her sophistication and humor.
Suzelle leaves behind her daughter Princess Fortin-Jones, son-in-law Brian and grandchildren Niko and Noelle, her first granddaughter Sydney Amber Williams, her stepdaughter Gladys Fortin and her two sons. Suzelle is also survived by her sisters Marie France and Yoleine Cherestal, brothers Jean Marie, Jean Varnel, and Joseph Maxime Cherestal, and other adoring family and friends.
Let us celebrate her for what she has given us. Suzelle may have left this earth but she is now resting in the arms of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; for this we are grateful. We will always love and miss you until we meet again.
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