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Susan L. Koury-Kennedy


1947 - 2020
Susan L. Koury-Kennedy Obituary

Susan L. Koury-Kennedy, 73, of Mahanoy City, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born July 18, 1947, in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Bernadette (Elhajj) Koury-Barket.

She graduated from Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Va., with a B.A. degree in fine arts, did graduate work in glassblowing at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C. and trained at New Life for Girls from 1976-79. Sue became a licensed minister in 1979 by the Independence Assembly of God and was ordained in 1983 at Faith Tabernacle, Chicago, Ill. She co-directed North Central New Life for Girls, Chicago, an outreach ministry that took in crisis teens. She co-pastored fellowship of Christian Assembly, Monee, Ill. She and her husband founded and co-directed Resurrection Life Ministries, Aurora, Ill., a home for unwed pregnant women in crisis, as an alternative for abortion where they sheltered hundreds of women and saved hundreds of babies. She was an art teacher at Covenant Christian School, Aurora, Ill., for eight years. She had an art store The Glory Shoppe and taught art at Trinity school, Saint Augustine, Fla. She was the assistant pastor at Community Mission, Minersville, and continued to counsel all over Schuylkill County.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Stephen R. Kennedy, in 2014, and a brother, George Barkett.

Surviving are two daughters, Angel Ramey and her husband, Ryan, of West Deptford, N.J., Laurie Karpathakis and her husband, Anthony, of Hicksville, N.Y.; grandson, Mitchell Ramey; granddaughter, Penelope Karpathakis; brother, Anthony Koury, of Simpsonville, S.C.; two sisters, Antoinette Koury-Hughes, of Pottsville, and Bernadette Koury-Dutton, of Annapolis, Md.; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday Nov. 30, at Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 N. Second St., Saint Clair, PA 17970. The Rev. Robert Alonge will officiate. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville. Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to www.brucethartfuneralhome.com.


Published in Republican & Herald from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2020
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