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Suzanne M. Fernandes

September 29, 1960 - January 21, 2023


Obituary For Suzanne M. Fernandes

Fernandes, Suzanne M. (Morel) of Lexington, MA, passed away Saturday evening, January 21st, at the age of 62, nearly three years after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. A profoundly compassionate and kind person, Suzanne dedicated her life to selflessly caring for others as a mother, daughter, sister, nurse, and friend.

The oldest of four children, Suzanne was born in Arlington, MA to Joanne and the late Robert Morel. After graduating from the Catholic Medical Center School of Nursing, Suzanne embarked on a thirty-plus year career as a nurse which first took her to California and then back to Boston where she initially worked as an inpatient staff nurse at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and then at Brigham and Women’s Hospital starting in 1987.

Throughout her many years as an intensive care nurse at the Brigham, Suzanne worked in the Medical and Neonatal Intensive Care Units, in their ICU float pool, served as a volunteer on numerous Operation Walk trips to the Dominican Republic, traveled to Haiti to assist in the emergency relief effort following the earthquake in 2010, and formed many long-lasting friendships. Amidst the bustle of working full time and raising four boys, Suzanne also made time to complete her BSN and received her Master’s in Nursing from Regis College in 2016, after which she transitioned to nursing administration and education at the Brigham and then at North Shore Medical Center, where she served as the nursing director of their Special Care Nursery.

Suzanne cherished spending time with family and friends; be it whiling away long summer days on the beach with her children and siblings in Humarock, or making time to catch up with friends from her childhood or her early years working in Boston. Suzanne particularly loved the company of her mother, Joanne, who could always be counted on to join her for a visit to a local museum, an evening at the Lexington Symphony Orchestra, or a quick winter getaway to a warmer locale.

Suzanne was the dedicated and adoring mother of four sons, Matthew, Michael, Joseph, Jake, and her step-daughter Lauren. In addition to her children, Suzanne will be deeply missed by her husband, Jay; her mother, Joanne; sisters Lori (Michael) and Linda; brother Bobby (Debbie); son-in-law, George; granddaughters, Eleanor and Georgie; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Suzanne’s memory to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. A wake will be held on Friday, January 27th from 4 -7 pm at DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass. Ave., ARLINGTON. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 10 am at Saint Brigid Church, Lexington. Burial to follow in Westview Cemetery, Lexington. Please visit to view an online guestbook.


27 Jan


04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
28 Jan

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Brigid Church 1979 Mass Avenue Lexington, MA Get Directions »
28 Jan


11:15 AM

Westview Cemetery 520 Bedford St. Lexington, MA 02420 Get Directions »
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  • 01/27/2023

    To Jay and entire family, please accept my sincere and deep sympathy on your loss. Tom Boyer

  • 01/27/2023

    I had the very special privilege of being Suzanne's faculty mentor in her Watson Caring Science Institute's Caritas Coach Education Program. Suzanne was a vital, compassionate, loving person with a spirit of deep caring and healing presence that she brought to nursing and all her relationships. I will miss her dearly. My deep sympathy to her family in their great loss. May you find healing peace in knowing how many lives Suzanne touched and made a difference for us all. Lynne Wagner

  • 01/27/2023

    Joanne and your dear family my condolences My prayers to you dear friend! Linda Ames

  • 01/27/2023

    While working at Brigham and Women's Hospital, I'll always remember Suzanne's contagious smile, her quiet voice, and her compassionate spirit, which made her unique. She was the kindest, warm-hearted person. Heartfelt sympathy to her family. May the Eternal Light shine upon you Suzanne.

  • 01/26/2023

    To the Morel and Fernandes families, I'm so sorry for your loss... I worked with Suzanne, and she was a fantastic nurse and patient advocate, and was a wonderful colleague and friend. She displayed both strength and gentleness in all of her interactions. She was a truly amazing person, and will be greatly missed. With condolences and much sadness, Pamela

  • 01/25/2023

    Joanne. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear daughter. You and your family have always been a very fond memory to me. God bless you all. Roberta Mahoney Walsh

  • 01/25/2023

    To the Morel / Fernandes families my deepest sympathy and condolences I agree Suzanne was a wonderful person and had a beautiful spirit and voice Gary Allen Stanwood Washington

  • 01/25/2023

    Sending condolences and wishes of comfort to Suzanne's family.

  • 01/25/2023

    The previous entries just tell the life of RN Suzanne. An empath. A Confidante. A Mother. A Sister. All done with Grace and Dignity. Her voice, her beautiful, beautiful voice is etched in all our ears. She had poise. She had class. Yet, if there is ONE attribute seldom found in humans on a consistent basis, she lived with compassion for humanity. LOVE ALWAZE. Suzanne Morel would never have it any other way. Fondly and deeply heartfelt, Louie.

  • 01/25/2023

    I worked with Suzanne in the NICU for many years. She was a very kind and nice person. I am so sorry to hear she lost her battle with cancer. My Sympathy to her Family. Love, Cindy Phillips

  • 01/25/2023

    Sorry for your loss my thought and prayers are with you. Theresa Carnell a Bow St neighborhood friend.

  • 01/24/2023

    We are so sorry to hear the heartbreaking news of Suzanne's passing. She was a very special, compassionate woman & will be missed by all. Our thoughts and love are with Jay, the boys & Lauren and all the Morel family. Maureen Grogan, Kayla & Kendra Fernandes ❤️

  • 01/24/2023

    it was a great pleasure to of worked with Suzanne when she was our nursing manager Salem hospital in our special care nursery. what a beautiful human being, patient and so kind. she will be missed. condolences to her family. rest easy my dear friend.

  • 01/24/2023

    A pleasure to work for - our time together was short but I will always remember you kindness and always being there to listen RIP Suzanne

  • 01/24/2023

    So terribly sorry to learn of Suzanne's passing. My prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  • 01/24/2023

    I had the honor and joy of working with Suzanne at Salem Hospital in the Special Cate Nursery. Her positive energy and compassion lifted us all on the toughest of days. She taught us that all things were possible with team work. I can hear her voice now calling out "safe travels home", at the end of my shift. I am forever grateful that our paths crossed. Dear family, please accept my condolences. You are at peace now, sweet Suzanne. Until we meet again...

  • 01/24/2023

    I am so sorry to hear of Suzanne's passing! She was a gorgeous human being inside and out. I loved working with her in the ICU at the Brigham. She gave me so much advice over the years.. when I was a new nurse, a newlywed and then a new mother. She was the kindest woman That I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Her smile was so contagious. She will be sorely missed...such a beautiful and kind soul. This makes me so sad! May her life and memories inspire us all to be as wonderful as she was. To her family I am so sorry! Thank you for sharing her with us at the Brigham and Womens Hospital!

  • 01/24/2023

    With Heartfelt Sympathy.... Someone so special will not be forgotten. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, RaeLee

  • 01/24/2023

    I'll always remember Suzanne teaching me how to twirl a baton (although I had zero talent), tumble and do acrobatics as a kid. As we grew up and saw each other less, each time we talked, we inevitably talked about Bob and how "they don't make men like that anymore." She is now in heaven with her Dad and I will always cherish my memories with both of them. Her love and kindness made me a better person in so many ways. Much love.

  • 01/24/2023

    Suzy may not have known this - but growing up around my big cousin - she influenced me in so many ways and I am proud to have followed in at least a few of her footsteps. First - as the 2nd AHS Majorette of the family ! and as the 2nd RN of the family. Thank you for always setting the example of compassion and kindness in a world where we should - but - don't, see enough of it. All of my love, Leanne xoxoxo


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    Lisa & Michael Collins planted 5 trees in memory of Suzanne M. Fernandes . - January 27, 2023

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