Suzanne Finch Hunter passed away on December 24 th at the age of 89. Her last day was a reflection of her life, filled with family, grandkids, smiles, and chocolate ice cream. "Suzie" was born in Cincinnati, OH to Brent and Frances Finch. She grew up in the Cincinnati area and then attended Purdue University. At a time when women scientists were rare, she attained a degree in Pharmacy and went into biomedical research with Pfizer and then Merck. She devoted herself to raising her five girls, then returned to the workforce in the dental field to support the family. Later she returned to biomedical research, initially in nephrology with Jefferson University and later in blood research at the Red Cross. She always sought to learn and do more, which expanded her career to include statistics and driving a bloodmobile. Her faith was her foundation, and she was very active in the Baptist church, particularly enjoying singing in the choir and participating in Bible study. She actively practiced her faith by serving others in myriad ways, from teaching adult literacy to volunteering to help families in need of emotional support or food. Suzie loved music. She supported the music education of her daughters and later took jazz piano lessons for many years. Her favorite venues, however, were the performances of her daughters and grandkids, as she never missed an opportunity to support her family. She also loved animals, though her list of pets went beyond the typical cats and dogs and also included goats and even an alligator at one time. She loved taking her kids and grandkids to learn about animals and nature at the Philadelphia Zoo, Morris Arboretum, Pennypack Creek, and the Wissahickon Park Nature Center. She was a fantastic mother, but the epitome of an amazing grandmother, never missing a sports match or recital, and always encouraging her children and grandchildren to challenge themselves and try new things. Feisty, selfless, independent, intelligent and always classy, she will be missed dearly by her family: Lyn and Richard Wolff (RJ, Stephen, Christopher, and Abigail), Carol and Chuck Brumbaugh (Joan, h. Adam, Chip), Laura and Bruce Nesbitt (Brent, w. Elizabeth, Madison), Robin and Pete Brockman (Rebecca, h. Aaron, Marie), Wendy and Mark Douglass (Christine, h. Tim, Brian, w. Katie, Andrew, Morgan), as well as three great-grandchildren, Elias, Madelynn, and Emalyn. A church service to celebrate the life of Suzanne Hunter will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Ambler 4 S Ridge St, Ambler, on Monday, January 4 th at 11:00am with visitation from 10:30 to 11am. Friends may also call on Sunday January 3 rd at the Shaeff-Myers Funeral home, 145 Tennis Ave, Ambler, from 3-5pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to The Red Cross ( https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation ), PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037.
Arrangements by Shaeff-Myers Funeral Home.