ID: Susan Drzewianowski



Last modified: Friday, November 13, 2015

Susan Drzewianowski, a former Northampton resident, is the manager of the Hospice Shop of Northampton, a downtown thrift store that supports the programs of the VNA/Hospice of Cooley­ Dickinson Hospital. She and her husband, Leon Drzewianowski, are the former owners of Harlow Luggage in Northampton.



Full name: Susan Murphy Drzewianowski

People know you as: Murph

Date and place of birth: Nov. 17, Chicopee

Town of residence: Holyoke

Who lives under the same roof as you? My husband, Leon

Children: Two sons — Eric lives in Vermont; Samuel in Tennessee

Education: Springfield Technical Community College, a very long time ago

Pets: Potter the Cat and grand­dogs Benny and Memphis

Hobbies: Outlet shopping and renovating old houses. The most current renovation is ongoing in Vermont.

Book you’d recommend to a friend: “American Sniper” by Chris Kyle. My son, Samuel, did three Afghanistan deployments and this book helped us start a lot of conversations.

Favorite singer: I’m a longtime Jimmy Buffet fan.

Five things you can’t live without: My family, my friends, a great network of volunteers, Chameleons Hair Salon in Northampton, and, I hate to admit it, my iPhone

Last thing you purchased just for fun: Anything from the Hospice Shop. It’s a whole store of fun treasures.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Moving to Nashville

Life­-changing experience: Standing with military families at welcome-home ceremonies, waiting for family members to get off the plane after yearlong deployments. Your eyes are welling, your heart is pounding, and you are filled with admiration for the sacrifice the whole family has made. Agree or disagree with the mission — be grateful for their courage.

Strangest job you ever held: If you had told me 10 years ago I would be going through people’s belongings to resell, I would have told you, “Dream on!” I never ventured into a thrift shop until I was hired. People, you don’t know what you are missing!

Your current Facebook status: A throwback to this time last year, celebrating all that has happened in a year.

A little ­known fact about you: I hitchhiked through Ireland.

Dumbest thing you ever did: I can’t think of anything now, but check with one of my five siblings and they will give you a list.

One trend you’d like to see return: Phone booths. I am amazed by the conversations that people on their cell phones have while standing next to me.

What really sets you off? Shoplifters at the Hospice Shop

If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? Eleanor Roosevelt. Rumor had it that my grandmother Alice and Eleanor did not hit it off and I would like to know why.

Best advice you ever got: “Those are your cards — deal with them.” From my mom. A working mom with six children, she didn’t have patience for whiners. It taught me to problem solve and deal with unexpected life changes instead of having a pity party.

Favorite place to get a bite: Any place that makes a decent cup of tea

Favorite athlete and team: My favorite athlete is Tedy Bruschi. He was a great player and an even nicer good-will guy. And I still continue to cheer for the Patriots.

What does your ideal weekend look like? Having breakfast with Leon on the patio, with nothing on our “to do” list, and finishing the weekend on said patio with a nice glass of cabernet

Whom do you most admire? Right now, my cousin Alice who has the determination to kick her cancer diagnosis to the curb.

Parting shot: “Be good to each other” — words of wisdom from K. Don Bekemeier.



— Compiled by Brenda Nelson

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