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Suzanne Jane Burkholder

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On March 14, 2022 @ 12:48 pm In Obituaries | 4 Comments

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Suzanne Jane Burkholder

June 1, 1935 to March 12, 2022

Suzanne Jane Burkholder, 86 passed away peacefully at Lancaster General Hospital Saturday morning after an illness of several months.

She is the widow of Robert Eugene Burkholder who passed away in 2000. At that time, they were married 46 years.  She was the daughter of the late H Elwood and Mary Lucille (Cootes) Smith.

She retired from Sears after decades of service in various roles including Sears Catalog, the Auto Center and Sales.  She is fondly remembered as the Dyson lady.  People may remember her as the Crossing Guard at the entrance of Manheim Township School District in Neffsville. Her work life also included being a hostess at the Family Style Restaurant and a Tour Guide.  She always enjoyed working with people.

A lifelong member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lancaster, she served on church council, usher captain and greeter.  She especially enjoyed fellowship with the Bible Study Group and Book Club.

She attended Lititz High School.

Always with a kind word and a smile, her motto was to live every day as if it were her last.  She had friendships with people of all generations. When her girls were growing up, she was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. We gave up our living room annually during Girl Scout Cookie Season. Being quite the hostess, she loved to entertain.  She enjoyed her Girl’s Club and her beloved Pinochle Card Club.    Having a natural eye for design, she was an excellent painter and decorator. She loved QVC and had her favorite hosts. She loved her morning coffee and her end of day Pinot Grigio. She was an avid reader with her favorite books being those about historical figures. She always enjoyed going to Broadway with family, especially to see musicals.  Phantom of the Opera would always be her favorite. She loved her vacations with her husband and later, she enjoyed being included in her daughters’ vacations. Whether at the beaches in Ocean City or Hilton Head, cruising or being Queen for a meal at an old castle in Ireland.

Her pride and joy were her grandchildren.  While they were growing up, she had regular “gammy days” which were filled with her creativity, love and attention. She was grateful she got to meet two great grandchildren, Scott Patrick (SJ) and Finley Jane Kiernan.

She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn L., wife of H. Karl Soutner Jr. of Elizabethtown;  Mary Kathryn, widow of Gary Mulcahy of Landisville;  a brother Albert H. Smith of Ephrata;  a granddaughter Jessica (Long) Kiernan wife of Scott Kiernan, Mechanicsville, VA; three grandsons Justin Long of Denver, Colorado; Michael Mulcahy of Landisville, PA ; Brian Soutner, New York, New York and 2 great grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held on March 26, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 540 West Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA with the Rev. H. James Tanner officiating.  Friends may call at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in Memory Gardens, Ephrata, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 540 West Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.


Condolences for the family of “Suzanne Jane Burkholder”

Condolence from Audrey Novinger on March 16th, 2022 3:35 pm

Marilyn and Karl I am so sorry for your loss. Marion always spoke fondly of her.

Sincerely Audrey

Condolence from Donna yelley and Peggy Rhinier on March 16th, 2022 9:06 pm

Marilyn , Mary Kathryn and family,
I’m so sorry for your lose. You mom was such a neat lady. There are so few people you can say you’ve known almost your whole life for me that was your Mom!
She was so good to my mom and dad and continued to stay in touch even after they moved.helping others was never a chore for her. It’s just what she did!! She was such a blessing.

Condolence from Ted and Kae Grumbein on March 25th, 2022 8:12 pm

Marilyn, Mary Kathryn and Family,

Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We have very fond memories of our times together

Love and God Bless,

Ted and Kae Grumbein

Condolence from Barb Brown on April 13th, 2022 8:14 pm

Marilyn and Mary Kathryn ,
I just found out about your mothers passing. From Carol Sue. I am so sorry for your loss.
What wonderful memories I have of the Burkholder family and the special friendship our mothers shared.
Your family will be in my prayers,
Barb (Barbie) Emerick Brown

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