Susek , Cornelia E. 91
Formerly of New Kensington
Cornelia Ellen Lines Susek, a kind, independent and accomplished woman, died at home surrounded by her family Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. She was born April 26, 1921, in Pittsburgh, to Raymond and Mary Tremmel Lines. She became a Christian in 1933 when she was 12 years old, a decision that influenced her life as she was always mindful of her commitment to God and the desire to help others to come to know Him. Cornelia "Connie" married Clarence Susek in 1940 and lived in New Kensington, where they reared three children and ran a thriving landscape/nursery business. They were members of Union Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir and was often featured as a soloist. She taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and was an active member of the Women's Missionary Society. Cornelia supported her children's activities by helping with Youth for Christ, Good News Club and hosting a teen Bible study. Because she valued music and education, Cornelia made sure that all three children studied music and graduated from college. A child of the Great Depression, Cornelia practiced frugality. She was an ardent "couponer", canner of homegrown vegetables and fruit and a seamstress who created clothes for her children and herself. One of her thrifty beliefs was the adage, "Waste not, want not." In accordance with that, she enjoyed recycling parts of the many beautiful cards she received into postcards that she sent to others. She worked at her husband's side in their business, Susek Landscape Nursery, to ensure the family's financial security. Although she bore the scars of the Great Depression, she was eternally optimistic about the future. That is because she knew that her future was secure in God's hands. Cornelia loved people and always put them before anything else. She took their concerns seriously and was known as the "go-to" person if one needed prayer. In her later years, she enjoyed ministering to others through phone calls and notes of encouragement. Up until her last days, she kept in contact with friends and relatives, even calling them to say, "so long" when she realized that she did not have much time left. With her flair for acting and storytelling, her children and grandchildren remember her entertaining them with stories of her childhood. After moving to Maine in 2001 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, she became involved in a writing group, where she learned how to put her stories into written form. Her purpose in writing these stories was to share with others how God had directed her life. Her hope was that this would help others to put their faith and trust in Him. A gifted writer and teacher, Cornelia titled her book, My Spiritual Journey. Cornelia was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Clarence Susek, June 22, 1998. All of her siblings, Ray Lines, Edna Kline, Jim Lines, Ruth Cooksey and John Arble predeceased her. Cornelia is survived by her three children, Lois Kane and husband, Francis, of Pittsburgh, the Rev. Dr. Ronald Susek and wife, Diane, of Thomasville; and Gloria Peters and husband, Stephen, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Surviving are grandchildren, Beth Ellen Chiesa, David Johnson, Russel Johnson, Jane Briski, Joshua Peters, Aaron Peters and Sarah Peters; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Chiesa, William Johnson and 1-day-old Charles Peters; and great-great-granddaughter, Makenzie Johnson. Cornelia also leaves her dear brother-in-law, Truby Kline; and sister-in-law, LaWave Susek. Cornelia will be remembered as having a dynamic personality, which left its imprint on all of our lives. A memorial/interment service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Susek Evangelistic Association, P.O. Box 3007, Gettysburg, PA 17325.