God saw she was getting tired and a cure was not to be.So He put his arms around her and He whispered come with me.
With tearful eyes we watched her suffer and watched he fade away.
Although we loved her dearly, we could not make her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating. Talented working hands rest.
Susan was born in Cherry Point, North Carolina Marine Corp Air Station to the proud parents of Bertie and Gerry Forsythe. She grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Liberty Borough, Near McKeesport. She attended Manor elementary school and said the teachers always said “if you are going to attend Manor school, you will have to have manners”. She had an idyllic childhood where she and her little brother Gary were best of friends and remain so today. After ninth grade, her family moved further south of the Pittsburgh area to the small town of Perryopolis. It was in high school that she begun to think seriously about art. One of her first paintings, a portrait was entered into the Fayette County fair and won First Place. Susan rose thru the Girl Scout ranks to earn one of their highest titles. After high school she graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Visual Communications. At the beginning of her second year she met Rich. He had recently returned from severing four years in the Air Force and was beginning his studies at the Art Institute. Rich is also from Perryopolis. Susan and Rich commuted 40 miles each way to school on a Greyhound bus, so they got to know a lot about each other quickly. Although older he now found himself dating an upper classman. Susan got a job right out of school near where she grew up in McKeesport. She was creating art that was made into transfers and applied to glassware. Then moved to a job designing ads for a local grocery company. After a short stint it was down to the state line to Point Marion and back to the glassware business designing images for all kinds of glass products. …For the artists, this obscure little company once employed Peter Max. It was about this time that Susan and Rich were married. Two years later (1978) they moved to Columbus. Susan found work creating forms for a small printing company. A year later she started work for Kroger, at their headquarters in Westerville, where she designed printed materials for all their marketing and advertising needs. Susan rendered the first images of PePe the penguin. During her 32 years at Kroger her work has won numerous advertising awards. Including the prestigious FMI award. Susan continued her fine art journey in her spare time. She traveled to exhibits, trips to France included as many art museums as they could find. And yes, Monet’s home and studio. Also Matisse and Picaso’s places on the cote d’azur (French Rivera). But, her favorite to visit was Northern New Mexico, where a lot of the great American painters have painted. She loved its land, colors and light.
Rich and Susan were married for 36 years.
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