Susan Trill O’Shea

| May 18, 2018

Susan Trill O’Shea passed away on May 2, 2018, at the age of 70 in Jupiter, Florida, after a long battle with kidney disease.

Susan was born October 29, 1947, in Butler, Pennsylvania, the daughter and first child of Eugene and Genevieve Thompson of Foxburg, Pennsylvania.

Susan’s kind and compassionate nature, and desire for helping others drove her to seek a career in nursing after graduating from Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School in Pennsylvania.

In 1967, Susan married Thomas Trill. Together they had a son, Timothy “Tim” Trill of Jupiter, Florida.

In 1973, Susan moved to New Haven, Connecticut with her son, Tim. There she worked in the labs of Yale New Haven Hospital and later went on to become the Founder and Director of Women’s Health Services.

In 1976 while vacationing in Saint Martin, Susan met Gabor Fodor, world-renowned Organic Chemist, and Director of the West Virginia University Chemistry Department. Susan and Gabor had an immediate connection and in 1978 they married. In 1979, Susan and her son, Tim, moved to Palm Beach, Florida where she spent her days working in retail, at restaurants and modeling for Ungaro and Pucci.

In 1980, Susan met lifelong companion Walter Polifka, Jr. and together they raised Susan’s son, Tim.

In 1983, Susan’s passion for helping others compelled her to return to the medical industry as the National Marketing Director for Clinipad and later Pilling Weck surgical. Her newfound career took her to live in San Francisco, California; Guilford, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cary, North Carolina.

In 1995, Susan retired due to illness and eventually returned to her hometown of Foxburg, Pennsylvania. Soon after she joined her son, Tim, in Palm Beach, Florida.

Susan is survived by her son Timothy Trill and his wife Laura; her sister Vieve Jack and her husband Jay; her brother Leonard Thompson and his wife Mary; five nephews, Jeremy, Judd, Neal Jack, and Brayton and Timothy Thompson, and her estranged husband James P. O’Shea, whom she married in 1988.

Susan’s sister Toni Mann precedes her with her husband Jay Mann surviving her.

Susan’s appreciation, love and passion for life was contagious. She was a wonderful daughter, mother, wife, and friend. With an empathetic and generous spirit, Susan truly made a positive impact in the lives of those around her and will never be forgotten.

A Memorial Service for Susan Trill O’Shea will be held in Pennsylvania over the summer. Details will be published at

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