Susan (Adams) Beiswenger (1953 - 2018)

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Susan Adams Beiswenger passed away unexpectedly on June 14, 2018 at her home in Anchorage, Alaska.

Susan was born to Bruce and Ruth Adams on December 12, 1953 in Anchorage. She grew up in Anchorage, while spending summers at the family homestead on Butterfly Lake. In high school, Susan and her family moved to Liberia, Africa. She graduated from the American Cooperative School in 1972 and still had many close friends and fond memories from her time there when she passed.

After graduation Susan moved back to Anchorage and attended UAA, pursuing a degree in nursing. In 1976 Susan met her future husband Allan, who lived and worked in Bethel. Following her graduation from UAA in 1977, and after marrying Allan on January 6, 1978, Susan moved to Bethel and began working as a nurse at the Bethel hospital while Allan worked at the Public Defender's Office. After their daughter Elizabeth was born in 1979, Susan and Allan moved to Micronesia in the South Pacific, living on the island of Pohnpei After Pohnpei, the family settled in Soldotna, where they soon added sons David (1982) and Daniel (1987). For many years they lived on Tiny Lake, near the end of Mackey Lake Road, while raising their family in Soldotna. Later they moved closer to town, and had many good years at their house on Riverview overlooking the Kenai River. Throughout these years, Susan loved watching her children also spend time at the Butterfly Lake Homestead with her parents, her brothers and sisters, and the growing extended family.

Susan and Allan moved to Girdwood in 2000, and then to Anchorage in 2006 to be closer to their children. In 2008, Susan's first granddaughter Jenna was born and Susan became a dedicated and devoted grandmother. During her last years she was able to travel extensively throughout the world and the United States, and visited many of the places she had always wanted to see. She dedicated much of her time to helping care for Jenna, while also remaining politically active and supporting the causes she was passionate about. She was especially happy watching her granddaughter grow up at Butterfly Lake, just like the generations before her.

Susan was beloved by her children, her spouse, her granddaughter, her many pets, and her extended family. She continuously lived according to her most deeply held values: kindness and generosity. She always stood up for the underdog, and did not tolerate bigotry, racism, bullying, or exclusion of any kind. She was a devoted Democrat, and was a fierce and passionate critic of the current administration.

Susan is survived by her husband Allan, her children Elizabeth Shea, David Beiswenger, & Daniel Beiswenger; granddaughter Jenna Shea; sister Mary Adams, brother Dr. Peter Adams, daughter-in-law Andrea Beiswenger, son-in-law Jason Shea, her many nieces and nephews, cousins, in-laws, and dear friends. Susan will have her ashes scattered among those of her parents, her brother Samuel, other family members, and various pets in the family graveyard on Butterfly Lake.
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on June 24, 2018