Susan Cinella Pupovac

Susan Cinella Pupovac was that teacher — the one that everybody wanted, and no one ever forgot. She also happened to be that sister, that friend, that godmother, that aunt, that babysitter and that mother.

Born in Troy, New York on January 23rd, 1947, Susan began spreading her infectious joy from Mechanicville and Ballston Spa to Clifton Park and eventually Wesley Community in Saratoga. The epitome of kindness, she exuded warmth and radiated tenderness. She wore a permanent smile that could brighten even the darkest of rooms. You may not have known her, but she made your life a little better even after the briefest of encounters. She passed peacefully on September 1st, 2021 surrounded by love and the thing she treasured above all else, her family and friends.

It has long been known that the best, and most accurate way to describe her, was an American Mary Poppins. No, she could not sing. True, she did not know Dick Van Dyke. And sadly, much to her chagrin, she did not befriend any cartoon animals. But she was kind and selfless to a fault. Loved fiercely. And was simply, magical. She truly was practically perfect in every way.

She spread her magic over four decades of teaching kindergarten and babysitting her second children upon retirement. Susan always said that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. Susan never worked a day in her life.

There will never be another Susan Cinella Pupovac. Her family and friends already miss her but are fortunate to have had her. She was as unique as the snow she loved to watch fall and will be missed by everyone that knew her.

I am not sure what happens after you are gone. I do not know where she is. But I do know this, wherever she is: she has not stopped talking since she arrived. She is baking something for someone. And everybody already loves her.

In honor of Susan’s memory, she (in a posthumous letter sent to her family) asks that you think of her whenever you are celebrating (no matter the celebration) or at the beach. To have drink for her, as her brother Frank always says, it’s 5 O’clock somewhere. “Even where I am.”

She is preceded in death and reunited with the love of her life Sava Pupovac and her parents Frank and Madelyn Cinella. She is survived by her son Stevan; siblings Peg (husband Scott, children Mark, Todd, Cheri); Francine (husband David, son Michael); Richard (wife Lorilee, children Katie, Jim); Frank (wife Vicki, children Jacqueline, Jennifer); great-nieces and nephews (Krystina, Nicole, Ryan, Scott, CJ, Carly, Abigail) and friends and family too numerous to list, but certainly not forgotten.

Friends can visit with Susan’s family at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa on Friday, September 3rd, from 4PM until 8PM. Mass will be celebrated at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Clifton Park on Saturday, September 4th, at 11AM. In Susan's memory donations may be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration and the American Cancer Society.

Guest Book

Karen Englehart Garant

My heart is sadden to hear of Sue passing. RIP Susan.

Patti Ingram

Sincere condolences and prayers extended to Sue's family. She was the sweetest lady and the best teacher ever. Jessica Ann loved her.

Tiffany Ballard

It's been about a year since I've met Ms Sue and yet it has felt like a lifetime. From the first day we met until the last day I saw her I felt blessed, loved and appreciated. Ms Sue let me into her home and into her heart and we quickly bonded and became friends. On our daily encounters we shared lots of stories, prayers and songs together. Not meeting most of her family until her passing I felt like I already knew you all because she told me so many stories about you all. She loved her family and she especially loved her Stevan. She was so proud of you Stevan. I also only have 1 son and she often prayed for him. I haven't seen him in 3 years and Ms Sue gave me hope that I'll get to see and hold him again soon. I'm still holding on to that hope! Ms Sue I love and miss you so much! Rest in peace

Richard Gorman

I extend my condolences to Sue's family for their loss. She was loved and will be remembered by many who knew her and her beaming smile and personality.

Dona Fragnoli

As the caregiver for Dr. Virginia Rovelli, I am writing to say I know Virginia would be heartbroken to learn of Sue’s passing. Virginia has always spoken so highly of Sue and her son Stevan. Sue held a special place in Virginia’s heart. Virginia's current health issues prevent her from attending but I’m certain she will be overjoyed when she moves on from this life and finds her dear friend Sue in heaven!

John Wurster

Sue "RIP" you are one of the nicest people, from one of the nicest families I have ever known.

Gale OConnor

Sue was such a loving and special person. She was a terrific mother. I have such fond memories of her and her family. Stevan you were her life and she loves you with all her heart. I wish I had words to help soften your pain and sorrow but I don’t. I’m sorry I’m out of the country and unable to make it as a services. Please know we were all in my prayers. Love Gale

Jan Montesano

Dear Stevan and Family,
Your mother/Susan was the most extrorinary person. Whoever wrote her obituary captured her very essence. I taught for years with her at Ballston Spa and she was my role model. She taught me that you could never love enough and to always find the positive, no matter the situation. She lit up a room just walking into it.

I extend my deepest condolences to all the family. Heaven has gained the most beautiful angel...


Phil and Annie Talamo

We miss you Sue!!!! Love the verses in Isaiah 57:1-2. You were so precious and so loved. Miss the times of playing games with Rene and Betty, Kathy and Patty!!! You were always so kind, so caring and so considerate to everyone in every way. A true example of what it meant to be a wonderful person!! Your family and friends were blessed by you always. So sad you had to leave us all so soon. We will never forget you!!! Love you always xox

Jim & Sara Cutbush

Sue, we will miss you. You have been a friend since middle school and have stayed in touch all these years. Our thoughts and prayers are with your son, Stevan and your entire Family. You always lite up a room when you entered it and I'm sure you are doing that in Heaven. God Bless, Jim & Sara

Sandy Gagne Stanislowsky

I will always remember Sue as the person so eloquently described in the ever so perfect eulogy. My across the street neighbor and older and wiser friend was always there for whoever needed her at any time. A truly beautiful individual inside and out.
I am so sorry for her loss to her family and friends. She was a true gift to you all. I just know that she will be watching out for you all from her new home in heaven. ❤️

Linda & Joe Green

To the Cinella Family:

Our thoughts and prayers for the family. She was Joe Jr.'s kindergarten teacher and can remember her smiling, welcome face when he started school. She will be greatly missed by all.

Michele Smith

I met "Miss Cinella" in 1972 as a 6 yr old in her first grade class. She left a big impression on me and became my favorite teacher ever. Thank you for your kind, wonderful spirit. I will always treasure the memories. I send my condolences to her family and friends.

Michael Capozzoli

"When I was born I cried and everyone was happy. Now I'm gone everyone is crying and I AM happy. - Author Unknown

Susan Cinella

Dearest family, our hearts are broken for you all. Susan was a lovely lady, always smiling, laughing and enjoyed lots of fun with her family and at all our family reunions. She will be missed. God bless her, I know she is laughing and having fun with Ted, John and her heavenly family, RIP Sue ❤️❤️

Robin L Vernon

To the entire Cinella family my deepest sympathies. "Sister Sue" as she called herself when I answered Frank's work phone, was an amazing person. Any family gathering she greeted you with that beautiful smile. You will be greatly missed, but know that her heart was full of love and the love for her family. Rest in Peace Sue, God Bless, thank you for just being you, you will be truly missed.

Henry & Marianne Kawecki

Rick, Frank, We are sorry to hear of the passing of Sue. Our prayers and condolences go out to all the family. Know she is at peace.

Betsy Ruger Baker

Susan was a special friend. She was my first friend. The Cinellas lived next door to us when I was little and Susan used to walk with me when I was small. We were always close to the family.
Susan was my sponsor when I was confirmed.
She will be missed by all who ever knew her.

Terry Beek

Even though we only meet once over the last 40 years, I have always thought of you as a good friend. I know you will be missed greatly and God Bless your family and comfort them during this time of loss.

Marlene Denison

To the Cinella family,
My condolences to all family members and friends. May the good memories be with you forever. Blessings to all.

Nancy Pastore Piscitelli

Very sorry to hear about Sue’s passing. I will always remember her bright smile and awesome personality. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the entire family.