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Gould, Susan E. December 29, 1952 - March 9, 2023

Date of Funeral

March 18, 2023

Susan E. (Watters) Gould, age 70, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2023 at home with her husband by her side.  She was the daughter of Ervin E. Watters and Joan (Hoppock) Watters.


Suz, known by her friends and family was a musician her entire life, singing in the church choir, high school marching band, travelling abroad with her college choir, and played with a band.  She attained her bachelor’s degree in music education from Warren Wilson College and went on to get her master’s degree.  After 2 years of teaching in North Carolina she came back home and spent the next 31 years teaching music at Tinc Road Elementary until her retirement in 2008.  Her career spanned enough years that she ended up teaching alongside past students!  She enjoyed gardening, decorating, playing the piano and being a fur mama to her kitties.  She was extremely proud of her roots as a farmer’s daughter and enjoyed spending time with her entire family.


She is survived by her loving husband Raymond Gould, mother Joan Watters, mother-in-law Audrey Gould, stepson Derek Gould and companion Kimberly, stepdaughter Tiffany Micek and husband Patrick, three brothers, Joseph Watters and wife Linda, William Watters and companion Laura Bussard, James Watters and wife Melissa, one sister Krista Simonet and fiancé Christopher Gibson, brother-in-law Richard Gould, sister-in-law Nancy Gould and partner Sandy Rader, two step grandsons Flint and Gavin Gould, four nephews Jacob Watters and wife Marie, Joseph Watters and wife Ashlyn, Benjamin Watters and girlfriend Brittany Kidwell, Ryan Watters, one niece Jamie Surowiec and husband Jack and one great niece Mia Surowiec.


She was predeceased by her father Ervin Watters, father-in-law Richard Gould, brothers-in-law William Gould and Marcel Simonet.


A celebration of her life will be held at Rockport Presbyterian Church, 395 Rockport Road, Port Murray, NJ 07865 on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 11:00am with visitation at 10:00am.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rockport Presbyterian Church.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at


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    Danielle Simonet Boukedes says

    I am so sad to learn that Suz has passed. She was a beautiful soul inside and out with a heartwarming smile. I know she was immensely talented and loved her family and kitties with all her heart. When my father passed, she was so kind and compassionate, and she mourned the loss of my father along with me. I hate that she was taken at 70 years young, but I’ve truly come to believe that sometimes God calls home those early who He believes their love and spirit is needed in Heaven. I have no doubt she was welcomed with open arms by her father and my father Marcel. I bet my dad is giving her a hard time as I write this , and Suz loved the banter with my Dad.

    My deepest condolences and love to Ray and the Gould Family and also to the Watters family. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. I will forever smile whenever I think of Suz.

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    Barbi skeens oakley says

    My heart is sad by this news but excited for heavens new angel 😇… Suzie and I had some silly times together many years back, she was my organist at my wedding … (if ya now suz, you’ll see her ever-telling “reaction” face) when, in 93 degree heat, in a tiny Broadway,nj church, was told to “keep playing” , the new mother in law is going to be late”, ….. suz just turned and said” I’ve already played all my music twice…. Can we start without her ?….. never mind, I’ll just play it again… and again….” I remember when I tryed to help her after having work done on her hand and part of her therapy was to use a rubber band attached to a hook on her nail……. Well…. Superglue, a hook, a rubber band, laughter, and wine didn’t work well with her therapy (let’s say)
    GODS glorious love has wrapped HIS arms around this servant……. Blessings to the family, may the memories you hold give you strength each day !! With rememberance, barbi (skeens) oakley

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    Debbie Stauffer Burd says

    So sad to hear of Sue’s passing. She was my best lunch buddy in high school and the class reunions. I will miss her humor and smile. Rest in peace dear friend.

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    Sherrilee Stoudt says

    So sorry to hear of her passing. She worked at the DQ for my family in high school. When she went to college she said she would miss having an ice cream cake… so my daddy sent her one by mail. I understand she got quite the kick out of it. A fun memory I thought I’d share.
    My heart goes out to the family.

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    Barb Bowen Finney says

    I am so sorry for your loss. She looked fun. My parents might have taught her. I can’t imagine losing my sister. Hugs.

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