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Obituary for Susan H. Stevenson

November 28, 2015
Buckingham, Pennsylvania


Susan Hunsberger Stevenson passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Her family was by her side as she succumbed bravely and with grace to a chronic medical condition. She was 84.

Susan, known as "Sue" or "Suey" to her friends and family ("Mimi" to her grandchildren), was born in Norristown, PA in 1931. She grew up on her family's beloved farm Tooth Acres on 9th Avenue in Collegeville, PA. Her father Dr. Russell Baily Hunsberger (a well known dentist in the area) and mother Jeannette Buckland Hunsberger donated the property after their deaths and it is now a borough park called Hunsberger Woods. Sue graduated from Collegeville-Trappe High School in 1948. She was actively involved in planning reunions and enjoyed staying in touch with classmates throughout her life.
In 1952, Sue graduated from Gettysburg College and later became the first woman to be inducted into the college's Hall of Athletic Honor. She served on Gettysburg's Orange & Blue Athletic Advisory Council, was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and served as a key alumna for the college. Sue's love for her alma mater continued throughout her life and she returned to campus often for reunions and important events. Upon the death of her field hockey coach and mentor Grace C. Kenney, she helped establish the Grace C. Kenney Endowed Scholarship fund in her memory. In addition, she recently established the Susan Hunsberger Stevenson '52 Scholarship Fund which is awarded to worthy and promising Gettysburg students with preference given to students participating in extra-curricular activities.

Upon graduation from Gettysburg College, Sue taught Health & Physical Education and coached field hockey and basketball at Mt. Pleasant High School (Wilmington, DE), Swedesboro High School (now Kingsway Regional in Swedesboro, NJ) and at Solebury School (New Hope, PA). She and her first husband David Hersh Keller, Jr, moved to Buckingham, PA in 1958. Once she became a devoted mother, Sue moved from teaching to officiating field hockey. She loved officiating and was well respected by area coaches. Her fifteen-year-career as an official was highlighted by becoming the first woman to serve on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District One Board of Directors. Throughout her life, Sue was engaged in volunteer activities including being a former member of the Buckingham Township Park and Recreation board, a hotline volunteer for A Woman's Place (a shelter for domestic violence victims in Doylestown, PA), and an overseer at Wrightstown Friends Meeting where she was a member.

Sue's family ancestry was very meaningful to her. She was a member of the Valley Forge chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and carried on her parents' legacy membership in the Mingo Express Horse Company. Her grandparents William S. Buckland and Evelyn Lampshire Buckland built and resided in the Norristown residence that eventually became the former restaurant known as The Jefferson House. In the 1920s, her grandparents, the Bucklands, purchased a large tract of land in Garden City Beach, S.C, which became part of a family real estate partnership in 1980 called Myrtlewood Associates. Sue was one of the General Partners and the partnership has been involved in several commercial real estate ventures that are thriving today. Her philanthropic interests extended to S.C. and she and her brothers helped create the Jeannette Buckland Hunsberger Scholarship Fund and Best Volunteer Award for exemplary residents of Oceanside Village, a 1,100 unit housing development on property owned by Myrtlewood Associates. Sue considered the Garden City Beach area to be a second home and she and her family developed many close relationships with local families over the years.
Sue remarried in 2000 to Bruce D. Stevenson who predeceased her. She is survived by her three children who meant the world to her, Jennifer Morgan Keller (Mary) of Winchester, MA, David, aka "Dee", Hersh Keller III (Carie) of Upper Black Eddy, PA, and Melissa Baily Keller of New Hope, PA; four beloved grandchildren, Zachary Coles Keller (18), Jacob Hersh Keller (16), Ty Buckland Keller (12), and Susanna Gayle Keller (13); and two brothers, Russell Baily Hunsberger, Jr. (Sande), of Wernersville, PA, and William Buckland Hunsberger (Sylvia) of Hagerstown, MD.

Sue rejected the term "senior citizen" and lived life to its fullest. A close group of her loyal friends formed their infamous Bridge Club in 1954 and over the years their regular gatherings for bridge gave way to attending cultural events and travelling the world together. Making friends with people from all walks of life and intertwining those relationships across her life span was a specialty of hers. She was an extraordinary "people person" with a great sense of humor and contagious joie de vivre. The epitaph on her grandfather Dr. J. Newton Hunsberger's gravestone reads "Living life is like jumping a horse. Throw your heart over first and you will take the fence. That is the best any of us can do." Sue lived her life this way and she will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to A Woman's Place, P.O. Box 299, Doylestown, PA, 18901, A memorial service will be held at 10:00am on Monday, January 18, 2016, at Wrightstown Friends Meeting, 535 Durham Road, Newtown, PA.

Life Celebration services provided by Leaver/Cable of Buckingham, PA.

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