RICE TWP. — Susanne Neher, 90, of Rice Township, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at her home in Mountain Top.
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 in 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, 2014, 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 20th, 1948, and 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 bombing of Berlin as a teenager and Agnes, the flood of '72. 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 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; daughter, Linda Mainwaring, Mountain Top, and her husband, John; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Mainwaring) DiMaria and her husband, Nick, Whitehall, Frank Victor Neher and Susanne Neher, Hellertown; brother-in-law, Otto and his wife, Joan, Hunlock Creek; two nephews and a niece.
The family expresses deep gratitude for the loving car and compassion provided by Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Visitation with the family will be from noon until 2 p.m. on Monday in Christ United Methodist Church, followed by funeral service at 2 p.m. Private internment at Memorial Shrine Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, Susi requested contributions be made to the music fund at her beloved Christ United Methodist Church, 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.