Susan L. (Burkey) Duncan, 57, of Scranton, died Monday in a tragic auto accident in Clarks Summit. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was the daughter of Donald R. and Denise J. (McMurtrie) Burkey, of Elyria, Ohio, where she spent her formative years.
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A longtime editor and journalist until becoming disabled by illness in 1995, she had previously served as a proofreader/editor at the former International Correspondence Schools, Scranton; managing editor of the Carbondale News; and managing editor of the Mountaintop Eagle and Western Poconos Press Tribune. Before moving to Northeast Pa. in 1978, she had also served as assistant sports editor of the Natchez Democrat, Natchez, Miss. Her journalism experience included stints at The Congressional Quarterly, Washington, D.C., The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, and the Rural-Urban Record, in Columbia Station, Ohio.
She was a graduate of Midview High School, Grafton, Ohio, and a cum laude graduate of Kent State University, where she was proud to have been named the first female sports editor of The Daily Kent Stater. She was also a graduate of Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, where she served as the managing editor of The Collegian, and there received the George M. Day Award as student-athlete with the highest grade point average.
An avid enthusiast and participant in sports, she served for 11 years as the head junior high field hockey coach in the Crestwood School District, Mountaintop, and coached in softball and field hockey programs at the Sherwood Youth Association in Dunmore.
She was a member of the Countryside Community United Methodist Church, Clarks Summit, where her husband, the Rev. Dr. Jean-Pierre Duncan, is pastor, and where she occasionally sang in the choir, and played the piano and organ. She was a co-founder of the church's "book club."
In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a brother, Steven Burkey, Elyria, Ohio; daughters, Mrs. Katie Sinclair and husband, Tim, of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; Mrs. Aimee Gernatt and husband, Chad, of Collins, N.Y.; and Sarah Duncan and her companion, Tameka Thompson, Scranton; and one granddaughter, Eleanor Jane Sinclair. She was preceded in death by her aunts, Mildred (McMurtrie) Tedrick, Coshocton, Ohio; and Elizabeth (Burkey) Pollock, Wakeman, Ohio; sister-in-law, Jane (Worcester) Burkey; and by very dear family friend, Mrs. Edna Davis, Scranton.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Calling hours will be on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home & Cremation Svc., 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, and on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at the Dunmore Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Countryside Community Church, or to Shalom Scranton, 840 Harrison Ave., Scranton, PA 18510.
Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home
418 S. State St.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Published in Scranton Times on June 20, 2013