Janet “Sue” Harlan, age 84, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2019 at her home in Torrance California. She was born on February 26, 1934 in Hartford Connecticut, to Robert and Mildred Chapman. Sue spent her early years in Marlborough Connecticut, attending a one room grade school. Upon completion of school, she drove across country to California in a VW bug to San Bernardino California where she later met and married Herb Harlan in 1962. She worked as a retail clerk for 15 years at Alpha Beta Markets, performing bookkeeping duties and overseeing the bread aisle. Sue lived life to the fullest, known for her love of family, a strong independent work ethic, bringing humor to a situation thru story telling and joke sharing. Sue was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Herb. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Craig and his wife Cheryl; daughter Diane and her husband Ron; grandchildren Johnathan, Justin, Allison; and great grandchildren Jackson, Kaia, Bria and Luke.

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  1. I was so sad to see Sue had passed. She was my next door neighbor for 21 years. We were just married a year when we moved in. I remember the day my husband Larry was taking me to the Doctor because I had the flu. She just smiled and said I think your pregnant. Sure enough she was right. Sue was there for both my kids, Jared and Lauren. She was their emergency contact at school. No cell phones then. I would come home and there one of them would be at Sue’s. Such a kind lady with a great sense of humor. I loved her husband Herb, a gentle giant. Donora Avenue was the perfect place to raise my children. All the neighbors were oh so wonderful! RIP Sue and say “hi” to my Larry. Love you all.

  2. We will miss Sue ! Craig introduced me to his parents almost 40 years ago. They had a terrific impact on my life – allowing me to change from dreams of accounting
    to dreams of real estate. We enjoyed many dinners at Charthouse and other restaurants with her. Her quick witted jokes lasted thru her peaceful departure. My wife
    and her had a special relationship from bill paying and doctor appointments. Probably knew a little too much 🙂 Sue would not hold back anything.
    God Bless you and your family
    Heaven is lucky to have you Sue. Please be careful who you share those jokes with if you want to hang out there for awhile.

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