We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Harris Mountain Funeral Home
The Reverend Susan P. Lynch of Coatesville, PA, passed away peacefully on May 27th. Born in Durango Colorado, she resided in Coatesville since 2013. Susan was raised in Fort Lupton, Colorado; and was the daughter of the late Thomas C. and Evelyn S. Lynch (nee Jansen) of Colorado. She enjoyed family vacations in Door County Wisconsin.
She attended the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was a 1989 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley with a degree in Vocal Performance , and a 1996 graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkely CA with a Master’s of Divinity. Susan was ordained a Pastor by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1997. During her 25 years as a Pastor; she served at God’s Love Lutheran Church in Newtown PA, New Hanover Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, PA, Messiah Lutheran Church, Williamsport, PA, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sumneytown and Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Coatesville, PA.
Prior to attending seminary, Susan was an Opera singer. Singing was her joy. Music was important throughout her life. Susan had a love of all things beautiful, but was just as comfortable in cowgirl boots and jeans riding horseback as she was in a ballgown singing on stage.
She loved animals, nature, flowers and gardening. Her happy place to walk, and enjoy the world was Longwood Gardens. Susan was an avid knitter, making beautiful items of clothing for friends, afghans and shawls. Growing up in Colorado gave her a lifelong passion for the outdoors. She could be found running the hills of Coatesville, kayaking, and hiking. If there was a challenge to be faced, she would nail it with grace and panache.
Perspicacious and persnickety, Susan was tenaciously curious leading her to in depth research in all areas of her life facilitating her successes in music, her health, and her vocation. One of her best qualities was the depth of her ability to love, as was most evident in the care for her godchildren, her family, her friends and the congregations she served.
Susan is survived by her cats, Cliona(Cleo) and Minerva(Minnie), her godchildren, Erik and Eva Ollikainen, her sister, Nancy Lynch of Colorado, her best friends Rev. Dr. Jennifer Phelps (Greg Pershyn) of Stroudsburg PA, Alison Richardson Nelson, Centennial Colorado and Rev. David Oppold (Dennis Cheega) of Swedesboro, NJ.
A Memorial Service will take place 3 PM on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 107 S. 17th Avenue, Coatesville, 19320. In lieu of flowers donations to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd or ELCA World Hunger would be greatly appreciated.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
107 S. 17th Avenue, Coatesville PA 19320
ELCA World Hunger,Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago IL 60631