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Sue Tenner

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MANCHESTER -- Sue Tenner, 77, a longtime resident of Manchester, died at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center on June 10, 2003, after a long illness.

Sue was born in Manhattan, N.Y. on April 17, 1926 to Frederick and Carol Burton. She received her early education at Fieldston Ethical Culture in New York City. She then attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. for architectural studies. In 1951 she received her degree in architecture from The Pratt Institute in New York City.

In 1953, she married Capt. Leonard Prince Tenner of Manhattan. After living in Chappaqua, N.Y. they moved to Manchester in 1959. Sue and Leonard owned and operated Oliver’s Place Inn for many years. She also had a very successful architecture and design business facilities such as the Israel Congregation Synagogue, Manchester Recreation Area pool and facility, the old town offices and many innovative residences.

Sue was an avid musician, artist, photographer, potter and a renowned poker player. Sue spent her winters in Cedar Key, Fla. where she passed the time sketching and photographing the seashore and wildlife. Sue’s favorite pastime was spending time with her adoring grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, Arthur E. Tenner, and his wife Kimberly, of League City, Texas; a daughter, Ellen P. Knudsen and her husband Chris of Manchester; three grandchildren, Emily, Susanne and Sarah Knudsen; a brother, Robert Burton, and his wife Elza of Mill Valley, Calif., their son, Kenneth of Inverness, Calif.; and their daughter Abby Wehr, her husband Charles and their daughters Anabel and Juliet of New Orleans, La.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Israel Synagogue in Manchester Center, on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington.

Donations may be made in Sue’s memory to either the Manchester Rescue Squad or the Manchester Fire Department, C/O Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885 Manchester, VT 05255. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, consult www.nsm.org/covey .
Published in Bennington Banner on June 11, 2003
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