Susan P. Birtch of Honesdale died unexpectedly on May 1, 2019 in Oceanside, NY. She was married to the late George Birtch who died in 2005.
Susan was born in Astoria the daughter of Patricia Harrisack Crowley of Honesdale and the late Joseph Crowley. She was the Continuing Education Co-ordinator at Lackawanna College Lake Region.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Samuel Thompson, Oceanside, NY; a son, Dennis Birtch , Malvern , Pa.; a sister and Brother-in-law, Carolyn and Benny Palisi; a brother, John Crowley, Honesdale; four grandchildren: Sammy Thompson, Ryleigh Thompson, Amelia Birtch and Sabrene Birtch; a nephew and his wife, Frank and Meredith Crowley; great nephew and great niece: Benny and Skylar, Crowley.
We choose not to mourn the loss of a loved one but to celebrate the life of a daughter, sister, mother, grandparent, friend, and mentor. Although Susan's passing was unexpected, we do not wish to remember it as a somber affair. It is time to focus on the joys that she brought to others. We do this through the stories we share, remembering when she made us smile and laugh as we walked this path of life together. It is also a time to thank her for being here when we needed someone to lean on and cry with. Susan was one of those people who could find the humor in any situation and had the sensibility to get us through the toughest of times. She understood that language is a vibrant, malleable, living material and knew words have the ability to help, to heal, and to humble. Whenever needed, everyone knew she was always a phone call away. Her household was built on a foundation of integrity and character. It became a place that always believes in giving, even if you only have a little because Susan knew that no act of kindness is ever wasted. Please join us in the celebration of Susan's life and to thank her for teaching us the lessons that truly make life beautiful.
A funeral mass will be held on Monday May 6, 2019 at 10:00 am in St. Mary Magdalen Church, 416 Church St. Honesdale.
Interment will be in the Indian Orchard Cemetery. Indian Orchard, Pa
Friends may visit at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home,1228 Main Street, Honesdale on Sunday May 5, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9.