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Dorothy “Sue” “Susie” Mackovich

  • On December 1, 2023

Dorothy “Sue” “Susie” Mackovich 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by her daughter and granddaughter. She was born the third daughter of Robert H. Covert and Eva Mae Yochem Covert on April 30, 1949 at St. John’s General Hospital Pittsburgh, PA.  Sue grew up on the Northside with her three sisters, a neighborhood of friends, a childhood of outdoor activity, games, and sometimes mischievous fun. Sue loved dogs and often would bring home a stray hoping her mom and dad would let her give it a home. Her favorite was Blackie, her daddy’s hunting dog that became the family pet. After graduating from Perry High School in ‘67 her job as a waitress became her career path. It was perfect for her personality. She loved the high energy and meeting new people. Sue wasn’t just a waitress; she was a proud, efficient, dedicated, and caring employee. She resided in Pittsburgh most of her life but made Hopewell her home. A true Taurus through and through she loved her house. It was her sanctuary and her pride, she kept it pristine and organized yet somehow comfortable.

Susie loved to bake and her famous apple pie was a holiday treat, but she was best known for her elaborate cookie trays. Ask any of her family or friends to choose two favorites and the answer was always chocolate chip and… the second choice was unique to everyone because there was such a vast variety from which to choose.  Her other hobbies included talking on the phone with her friends (It was always said that she was born with a silver phone on her ear as opposed to a silver spoon in her mouth) and she enjoyed astrology. Sue would strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere (supermarket lines, clothing stores, restaurants), and after a bit, she would either guess the person’s astrological sign or ask them what it was.

But Susie was best known for her thoughtful, caring, and generous acts. She was kind, loving, and a hard worker who helped others. She made a difference in the life of everyone that she met and the world was a better place with her in it.

On November 24, 2023 Parkinson’s disease sadly ended her journey here and she began to spread her love beyond. Sue is survived by her daughter, Natalie Marie Permenter, granddaughter, Lulu Hawks, sisters, Roberta Anderson, Peggy and husband Jim Grajcar, nieces and nephews, Jenny, (Jay) Jasmyn, Korey Holmstrom, Laurie (Scott), Sloan, Jace, Cole White,  Daniel, Emma, Alexa, and Laron Anderson and many cousins and dear friends.  The family wishes to thank all those who helped care for Sue. She was blessed to have so many wonderful caregivers and concerned friends.

At Sue’s request, there will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations to Jubilee Christian School 255 Washington Road Pittsburgh Pa 15216.

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Karin Conger
Natalie and LuLu. I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. I loved her and will never forget the kindness she showed to me and my Dad when he battled cancer. Natalie, what a beautiful tribute you wrote for her. I know you guys had your ups and downs but I know you loved each other and she adored Lulu. RIP Aunt Suzy! You will be missed and never forgotten. Rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus. PS we’ll miss those cookies, too!
Susie, you will be missed by many, your personality was contagious. Your passion for always seeing the good in everything is something that didn't go unnoticed. Hope you and my mom are causing a ruckus as you were both known to do!