Susan was a lifelong endurance athlete, cyclist, distance runner and lover of wilderness pursuits. She enjoyed gardening in small places and eclectically maintained a beehive at her home.
She had a keen eye for design and where others saw objects, Susan saw art.
She was a dedicated and devoted friend to many and leaves hundreds behind who treasure their times together and are grateful for her example of a life well lived.
Her spontaneity, zest for life, deep sense of personal integrity, sense of humor, thoughtfulness, creativity, positive outlook, thirst for knowledge and her ability to find humor that was never at the expense of others, endeared her to all of those around her. Her personal philosophy was that ‘the school is life, the lesson is love.’
Susan is survived by her parents, Cynthia and Earle Peterson of Cooperstown and Metuchen, N.J.; a brother, James Peterson; sister-in-law, Myrna Peterson; and nephew, Joseph Peterson, all of Fly Creek; an uncle and aunt, Robert and Edith Tschorn of New Town, Conn.; and cousins, David, John, Daniel and Donald Peterson, Melanie Ruff, Julie Seabury and Jennifer Stevens.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Fly Creek Methodist Church. Following the service, her ashes will be interred at a celebration of her life to be held at Greenwoods, the family ancestral home, where she will rejoin her much loved golden Retriever, Waverly.