Susan B. Heinlein of Sandwich, a child daycare provider for more than three decades, died January 8 after a long battle with cancer. She was 66.

The daughter of George and Patricia (O’Brien) Bolcar, she spent her youth in New Jersey, born in Denville and raised in Morristown.

She was educated at Morristown High School, followed by the University of Georgia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in guidance counseling. Upon graduating, she worked as a school guidance counselor in Philadelphia before moving to Cape Cod.

Ms. Heinlein founded Whiz Kids Learning Center in Marstons Mills in 1985. As “Miss Sue,” her roles included director, preschool teacher, bus driver and lifeguard. She also was the owner of Discovery Preschool in Buzzards Bay.

She served for a time as president of the Cape Cod Bonsai Club and was a longtime member of the Great Books Club at Falmouth Public Library, the Boston Athenaeum, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sandwich, where she led the Bible Study in the Pub program, which meets during Lent.

Among her other interests were tai chi, cooking Asian and French cuisine, and traveling.

She leaves her husband of 26 years, Mark F. Heinlein; her daughters, Molly M. Heinlein and Emma J. Heinlein; and her sister, Lynn Leininger of Denville, New Jersey.

Visiting hours will be Monday, January 17, from 4 to 8 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A in Sandwich.

A funeral service will be Tuesday, January 18, at 10 AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 159 Main Street in Sandwich.

Burial will be private.

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