Susan Barra

Obituary of Susan D. Barra

Brighton: Sunday, February 27, 2022 at the age of 71. (peacefully, surrounded by family). Predeceased by her siblings, Rebecca J. Dows and Stephen R. Dows. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Dr. Edward P. Barra; sons, Jonathan (Priya) Barra, Michael Barra, Nikolai Semtchouk and J.R. Kraus; grandchildren, Oscar and Kareena Barra; sister, Judi Dows Guignard; brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph E. (Myra) Barra; nieces and nephews.

She was (a/the):

food stylist

recipe developer

television morning show co-host

renal dietician

best mother in the universe

She will be remembered as (a/an):











great cook


monarch butterfly hatcher


avid music lover

She loved:


her dogs

her family

Cape Cod

eating dessert first

good jokes

The Rochester International Jazz Fest

being an anglophile

the occasional malty british beer

crossword puzzles, playing scrabble and other word games

good barbecue

trying new cuisines



speaking Spanish

being open minded, kind, ahead of her time and political liberal

(in the interests of brevity many of her other wonderful qualities have been omitted from this list)

Sue and her family wish to thank Dr. Hetty Carraway and the staff at the Taussig Cancer Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, and Dr. Jane Leisveld and the staff at the Wilmot Cancer Center for their excellent care. They would also like to thank their family and friends for their love and support, as well as all blood donors for the generous and unselfish gifts of life. Please consider continuing to be, or becoming, a blood donor. It is a priceless gift.

Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for CMML research may be made in her name. Checks should be sent to:

Chelsea Knowles

Director of Development | Philanthropy Institute

Cleveland Clinic

9500 Euclid Ave. | CA6-052

Cleveland, OH 44195


Mobile: (216) 317-8972

Please include: "CMML Fund #T56745" and/or "In memory of Susan D. Barra" in the memo line.