It will be a bittersweet Memorial Day weekend for the Sforza family as The Byfield Greenhouse will reopen on Saturday with some "rules" in place to help with the family's grieving of the death of Susan Olivia Sforza Nico.

The 47-year-old Seabrook resident, the youngest of seven children, died when an SUV driven by a 70-year-old woman accelerated and went through the wall and into the checkout area where Susan was working. The farm stand has been closed ever since.

"What would honor Susan and help us most is to sell the beautiful plants that Susan and Charlie cultivated and grew for this very purpose," the family wrote on the greenhouse's Facebook page. "We rely on our spring crop for our livelihood for the entire year. Please help us by buying your plants here so we can sell quickly and have our time to grieve and heal."

Car after going through the wall at the Byfield Greenhouse and Garden Center
Car after going through the wall at the Byfield Greenhouse and Garden Center (CBS Boston via YouTube)

The rules limit the interaction that customers will have with workers and ask specifically for no photos, videos, or questions about Saturday's incident. Customers will pick out their item and pay remotely without using the checkout area.

"Post photos of your flowers after you plant them to the Byfield Greenhouse Facebook page so we can see the results of all Susan’s hard work," the farmstand asked.

According to her obituary, Susan married husband Diego Nico eight months ago, and became mother to his two children. Susan grew up in Byfield and moved to Seabrook after she was married.

Her funeral was held on Friday.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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