Susan Flesner

GETTYSBURG Susan (Zinck) Flesner, 69, died peacefully on Saturday, January 26, 2013, surrounded by her family in her home. Born on April 5, 1943, in Evergreen Park, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Micheal C. and Dorothy (Drnochod) Zinck. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, David E. Flesner. She is also survived by two daughters, Carolyn S. Flesner of Somerville, Mass., and Diana J. Flesner of Silver Spring, Md.; and by her brother, Michael C. Zinck and his wife, Susan of Anderson, S.C. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg and served many years on the advisory board of Adams County Children and Youth Services. Sue's life revolved around family, helping others, and a pursuit of meaningful experiences. Spending time with her husband and two daughters was of primary importance. She constantly sought out new ways to cultivate a sense of curiosity and thirst for adventure in the whole family. A favorite recollection is driving with the girls when they were very young and letting them choose which way to turn at every intersection. Each summer featured a different family adventure, such as camping in the Tetons, boating through the Everglades, swimming in wave pools in Germany, and searching out distant relatives in Czechoslovakia. When the girls were in late elementary school, Sue revived her life-long interest in counseling. She was hired by Bermudian Springs School District for part-time work in the elementary schools, which soon evolved into a full-time career. She strived to create meaningful support for all students. She developed a mentoring program for students and staff, hosted regular Family Fun nights, organized an Angel Tree every year at Christmas, and created innovative counseling programs such as Banana Splits for kids affected by divorce or separation. Sue's family activities extended to include a few children that she personally took under her wing. The sign in front of her office read "The Hug Place". Sue had an insatiable enthusiasm for adventure and connecting with other people. She was an avid bicyclist and just this past July completed one of her personal goals of having biked in all 50 states. She has travelled on six continents, including extensive biking in Europe, riding a camel in Mongolia, and most recently watching the sunrise from Machu Picchu. Some of her travel was with family, some with Dave, some with friends, and some solo to indulge her independent spirit. A decade ago, she developed an interest in Tai Chi. After mastering the basics herself, she was quick to incorporate it into her counseling work and the rest of her life. She loved to do Tai Chi in all the places she traveled. Soon she was gathering people together locally to participate in World Tai Chi Day and even started teaching classes for beginners. Sue's latest path for developing her spirituality and fostering connections with others has been playing the Native American flute. One thing she loved about the flute was that she was able to "play from the heart". Her favorite place for solitude and reflection was the reservoir near Caledonia State Park, where she would walk, meditate, and play the flute. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2, at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 109 York St., Gettysburg. Viewings will be held at the church on Friday 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 to 11 a.m. Burial will be private at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Pedals for Progress, P.O. Box 312, High Bridge, New Jersey 08829; or to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Feiser Funeral Home Inc of New Oxford. Memories may be shared at

Published in Evening Sun on Jan. 29, 2013