Susanne Neher, 90, of Rice Township passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, at her home in Mountain Top.
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Born in Berlin, Germany, on Valentine's Day, 1924, she was the only child of the late Rudolf and Else Mollnau.
She attended business school and worked as a stenographer for a trial judge advocate of the U.S. Army during World War II. It was during that time she met her late husband, Frank Neher Jr., a U.S. Army veteran and native of Plymouth.
On March 4 of this year, Susanne celebrated the 66th anniversary of her arrival in the United States as the first international passenger to land at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport. The couple was married shortly thereafter on March 20, 1948, and soon established residence in South Wilkes-Barre. She was integral to her husband's business, Neher's Auto Repair Service, where she was the bookkeeper.
Susi, as she was affectionately known, liked to remark that she had lived through "hell and high water," having survived the bombings of Berlin as a teenager and Agnes, the Flood of 1972. After the flood, she and her family relocated their home and business to Mountain Top, where they also owned and operated the Granite Motel on state Route 309 for 20 years.
She was a member of several organizations at Christ United Methodist Church, Mountain Top, including the Sunshine Circle. Additionally, she was an avid reader and history lover who spent summers tending to the flowers in her garden.
She is known for welcoming others into her home and sharing the German heritage with her many friends who are located all over the country and world.
She is survived by two children, son, Frank Rudolph Neher, Hellertown, and his wife, Mary; and daughter, Linda Mainwaring, Mountain Top, and her husband, John; three grandchildren, Jennifer Mainwaring DiMaria and husband, Nick, Whitehall; Frank Victor Neher and Susanne Neher, Hellertown; brother-in law, Otto and wife, Joan, Hunlock Creek; two nephews and a niece.
The family would like to express deep gratitude for the loving care and compassion provided by Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
In lieu of flowers, Susi requested that contributions be made to the music fund at her beloved Christ United Methodist Church in Mountain Top, 175 S. Main Road, Mountain Top, PA 18707; or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top.
Visitation with the family will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday in Christ United Methodist Church, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Private interment at Memorial Shrine Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.
McCune Funeral Service - Mountain Top
80 Mountain Blvd South
Mountain Top, PA 18707
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 12, 2014