Suzanne Murphy Rule Chaltas, 76, of East Falmouth, passed away on November 2. She was born May 25, 1941 in Attleboro, MA to Fred and Anne (Doyle) Murphy, the eldest of their seven children.
Suzanne was a proud graduate of Simmons College, remaining active in their alumni community and treasuring her reunions and the friends she made there throughout her life. Suzanne translated her BA degree in home economics into an associate food editor position with Good Housekeeping in Manhattan. It was there that she met and married Allen Rule, father of her children Amy and John.
After relocating with her family a few times, Suzanne settled in Attleboro, where she started on the path that would define her life of service. Her first passion was working as a volunteer advocate with the newly created Office for Children, who made it their mission to fill he needs of children and families in the community. It was also during this period that she joined The Robbins Company, where she became a leading force in their corporate awards sales division. She moved with Robbins to Greenwich, CT, where she became an active member in both the educational and spiritual communities. She found a special joy, and second husband Paul G. Chaltas, with the Tres Dias community, a Christian ministry that revitalizes Christian men and women in their walk with Christ.
By the early 90s, Suzanne felt the call to make a full-time change to a life of service. She returned to school and earned her MSW from Fordham University. Beginning with her internships and continuing throughout her life, Suzanne advocated for the clubhouse approach to providing all people with mental illness with the encouragement and assistance they need to lead successful lives and be fully engaged in society, first with Laurel House in Stamford, and later with Fairwinds in Falmouth, MA.
In more recent years, both Suzanne and Paul were active in their John Wesley Methodist Church community, in particular, as leaders in the Alpha program.
Suzanne is survived by her daughter Amy (John Babcock) Rule of Norwalk, CT; son John (Tiffany) Rule of Berlin, MA; stepsons Chris (Tracy) Chaltas of Southington, CT; and Dean (Janell) Chaltas of Temecula, CA; 9 grandchildren, Parker, Davis, Chase and Natalie Rule, Sophia and Alexa Chaltas, and Cole, Alec and Olyvia Chaltas. She also leaves two sisters Connie (Russ) Treen and Ellen (David) Bailey, and 3 brothers Tom (Megan) Murphy, Steve (Terri) Murphy and Jim (Amy) Murphy. In addition to her immediate family, Suzanne is beloved by nieces, nephews, in-laws and special friends too numerous to mention.
She is predeceased by her parents Fred and Anne, husbands Allen and Paul and brother David Murphy.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, November 14th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in FALMOUTH CENTER, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 15th at 10:00 AM at the John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford St. Falmouth followed by burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Suzanne’s name to John Wesley Methodist Church or to Hope Dementia & Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod & Islands, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601.