OAKLAND -- Susan F. Toman of Brea, Calif., and Oakland, Maine, passed away on April 28, 2013, in Augusta at the MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Facility at Gray Birch with her husband at her side. She was born Oct. 1, 1936, in Bloomington, Ill., the daughter of Raymond E. French and Irene (Flenniken) French. She was predeceased by her parents.
She graduated from Northwestern University and earned a master's degree in history from Arizona State University. She was a college administrator, serving as director of employee relations. She retired from teaching history at Rio Honda College in Whittier, Calif., in 1998.
Susan was a member of the American Association of University Women, American Philatelic Society, Maine Old Cemetery Association, Rio Honda Emeriti Association, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Fullerton, Calif., and numerous historical societies. She also enjoyed summer membership in St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Waterville, and especially participating in the Martha Guild and Prayer Shawl Ministry.
She was very interested in genealogy and a member of several genealogy societies. Following her interest in this, she researched and wrote family histories for each of her four grandparents.
Survivors include her husband, James L. Toman; her brother, Joe French, and his wife, Peg; a son, Kevin, and his wife, Diane; a daughter, Peggy (Toman) Grant, and her husband, Dan Grant, and grandchildren Ian and Julie; and three daughters of Susan's cousins Helen and Dean French Newbury, Anita Wilson, Lynnea Brodeur and Nancy Newbury.
Susan's life will be celebrated in a memorial service to be 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Eustis Avenue, Waterville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to either churches named above or to the
Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner.