Susan Kelly Untereker, age 72, passed away on October 15, 2018 in Philadelphia after battling breast cancer for nearly nine years. The second of four girls, Susan went to Smith College from which she graduated magna cum laude. There she discovered a true love for the Spanish and Latin cultures, spending her junior year abroad in Madrid. After college, she spent a year in Mexico City as a Fulbright Scholar. She returned to marry her high school sweetheart, Bill, in 1969. Together they would have three children and travel the world from Nantucket to Tokyo.
After a MAT at Columbia she taught ESL in New York City Public Schools, served as Director of Admissions at Swarthmore College, volunteered with A Better Chance and the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church and acted as a docent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Susan brought her bright smile, charm, passion and intelligence to all of these endeavors.
Known to some as la doctora, Susan was an amateur psychologist, art historian, detective, editor, interior designer, matchmaker, Mayan anthropologist, travel agent and expert on any subject about which she read one article in The New York Times. She led a life of honesty and empathy by her own example and never forgot to bring her sense of humor and a touch of mischief. There was no occasion observed not deserving of a theme party, and no person encountered who did not receive her kindness and love.
She is survived by her beloved husband Bill, her three children Jed, Will and Karen, their spouses Melissa, Wakana and Jeff and her grandchildren Maddy, Jack, Lily, Leila, Ari, Billy and Noa, and her sisters Elizabeth and Meg. To honor her, the family requests that contributions be made to the Swarthmore ABC program in lieu of flowers (www.abcstrathhaven.org).
Had she written this, the punctuation and syntax would have been perfect.
Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday December 22, at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Ave., Swarthmore PA 19081.
Arr. Cavanagh-Patterson Family Funeral Home, Media, Pa. www.cavanaghfuneralhome.com.