Suzanne Hurst of Barnesville was called home on Sunday, June 19, 2022.
She was born at home in Mahanoy City on 10/29/40 to Helen (Krieg) and John Keiser. She attended Immaculate Heart Academy and St Agnes Nursing School, achieving her Registered Nurse certification in 1961. She worked in Philadelphia area hospitals until moving her family back “upstate” in 1973, when she joined the staff at Ashland State Hospital and discovered her true nursing vocation, the emergency room.
She enjoyed travel, especially to see faraway family, and day trips that included a stop at Trader Joe’s. But overall, she felt that “East, west – home’s best.”
She was a Christmas enthusiast, and loved everything about the season: the decorations, music and baking – at which she excelled. She looked forward to the first day of summer - because the days begin to shorten, so she could start the countdown to winter. Other favorite pastimes included music, especially Il Volo and the Bee Gees; dancing to 50’s jitterbug tunes; Villanova basketball; Michigan football; and movies, where her eclectic tastes ranged from Ben Hur to Rocky 2 to Lord of the Rings. Children were a joy in her life, especially her beloved grandchildren, but her big heart had room for others as well. She taught CCD at her parish, St Richard’s RCC, and for years afterwards enjoyed following “her kids”. For many years she supported a Navajo mission, and was thrilled by a trip to Arizona to meet the children in person.
Survivors include daughter Lizanne Hurst and companion Pete Lamana of Bethlehem; son and daughter in law Jack and Debbi Hurst of Barnesville; three grandchildren, Kelsey, Jack Jr and Joshua; a brother, Jack Keiser of Santa Fe, NM; niece, nephew and beloved cousins. Her youngest child, Timothy, preceded her in death in 1981. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated by the Rev. Robert Finlan on Thursday morning at 11 AM from St. Richard's Church in Barnesville. Interment will follow in St. Fidelis Cemetery in Mahanoy Township. Friends may call at the church on Thursday morning from 9:30 AM until time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, where Timmy received such excellent care. www.chop.edu/giving. D.avid D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.jarrettfuneralhome.com for more information.
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