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Susana Maria Ulloa Obituary

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Susana Maria Ulloa

Tolland, CT

February 2, 1969 - February 9, 2024

Susana Maria Ulloa Obituary

Susana Maria Ulloa, Ph.D

Susana (Susi) Maria Ulloa was born on February 2, 1969, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She was the daughter of Carmen Ramos and the late Bienvenido Ulloa. Susana passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2024, at home surrounded by her loved ones.

She was known for her beautiful smile, caring heart, positive outlook on life, and her mentorship and advocacy for education - Susana will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Susana’s family asks that she be remembered for the joy she brought to others in life, not the sadness of her passing. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Caruso, daughter, Elisha Beal, stepdaughter Amber Caruso, mother, Carmen Ramos, her siblings, Elizabeth Ulloa-Murray, Antonio Ulloa, Moises Johel Ulloa, David Ulloa, and Moises Javier Ulloa and their spouses and several nieces and nephews.

Susana voyaged to the United States when she was only 18 years old with her best friend Sonia Garcia to pursue her bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Massachusetts - Boston. She was a first-generation student and a firm believer in the power of education. She knew that her journey to receiving a higher education would change her circumstances and life. After she graduated, she started to work at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in the Admissions office while she was in graduate school and later started working as the Director of the Upward Bound program. In the midst of fulfilling her career, she also completed her Ph.D program in Educational Leadership. In her own expedition to receiving a higher education, she had a few select people who helped her and greatly impacted her life, and she was forever inspired to do the same for other students. During her 27 years at UConn, Susana touched the lives of thousands of individuals, instilling in them the confidence and determination to pursue their dreams despite the odds stacked against them. Along with directing the Upward Bound program, she oversaw and helped in the creation of a DCF Summer Program for foster students in Connecticut called First Star Academy, as well as the creation of the College Advising Corps to help serve high school students in their college preparation process throughout the state. By the end of her career, she helped oversee 14 Pre-College summer programs across Connecticut. She also received numerous accolades including being an awardee of the 100 Women of Color, PRLACC Outstanding Staff of the Year, and the Women’s Center Women of Color Recognition Award, amongst many others.

From the start of her journey at UConn, she dedicated her life to higher education, and to making sure the next generations of underserved students had the necessary access to resources and opportunities to change their lives. She was so dedicated to this cause that in 2014, she testified at the Connecticut General Assembly to ensure that TRiO programs did not lose their funding. She was an extremely hard and dedicated worker, and succeeded in anything she put her mind to, whether it was pursuing her education or pursuing a fulfilling career.

While studying for her bachelor’s degree, she also had the opportunity to backpack around Europe and study abroad in Siena, Italy, which began her intense passion and desire to travel the world. She continued her passion for traveling the world and journeyed to a total of 44 countries with her daughter, sister, husband, and many more people. She traveled to five of the seven wonders of the world. She had the honor of experiencing adventures of a lifetime, like seeing the Eiffel Tower, the magic of the Northern Lights, and the Great Pyramids of Egypt. This is only a glimpse of the deeply moving and inspirational moments she acquired in her lifetime.

Susana was a radiant beam of light everywhere she went, and will forever be remembered for her grace, tenacity, kindness, and love that she exuded to the world and people around her. We can remember her by the orchids she loved, remembering to plan out adventures, and to just live in the moment.

There are not enough paragraphs or pages that can come close to describing the vivid life that Susana led. To honor Susana and her beautiful life, services will be held for family and friends to share the stories, joy, and laughter that she brought into their lives. Flowers and gifts can be sent to the funeral home or you can donate to the Susana M. Ulloa Memorial Scholarship fund by sending a check to CALAHE, P.O. Box 605, Tolland, CT 06084. Please put on the memo line: Susana M. Ulloa Memorial Scholarship. The wake service will be held on Friday, February 16th from 4 to 8 PM at the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Merrow Rd. (Rte. 195), Tolland. A funeral service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, February 17th at the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home. The burial will follow at Coventry Cemetery, 392 Main St, Coventry, CT.

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