Suzanne (Sue) Powell

Born: Tue., May 6, 1941
Died: Tue., Sep. 10, 2019

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Sep. 28, 2019
Location: St. John's United Church of Christ

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Suzanne (Sue) Powell passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Chambers Point in Chambersburg, PA.. Sue was born May 6, 1941 to MK and Sarah (Louise) Zimmerman in Norristown, PA. She grew up on her parents Silver Lake Dairy Farm in Center Square, PA. She graduated from Ambler High School in 1959 where she lettered in 3 sports and played in the band. She attended Penn State University and graduated in 1963 with a degree in elementary education. Her earliest years of teaching were in the York Suburban School District. She married Lee W. Powell April 3, 1966 and moved to Caledonia shortly thereafter. She was a stay at home mom until 1982 when she returned to teaching. Sue was a devoted and caring teacher at Duffield Elementary in the Chambersburg Area School District, until she retired in 2001.

In addition to her husband Lee, she is survived by her three beloved children: Steven L. Powell (wife, Jen) of Corvallis, MT; Gary W. Powell (significant other, Bonnie Nolan) of Pittsburgh, PA,; and Kristen S. Powell (husband, Christian Moore) of Portland, OR. She has two cherished grandchildren Easton and Charlotte Powell of Corvallis, MT.

Sue was the eldest of three daughters: Joan Pelligrino (husband, Frank) of Blue Bell, PA and Rebecca Schoenberg (husband, Ken) of Hoyleton, IL. She also is survived by her brother-in-law Robert J. Powell (wife, Bonnie) of Lewisberry, PA and many loving nieces and nephews.

Sue had many circles of friends with whom she enjoyed spending time. She was particularly happy to serve in the life of St. John's UCC for over fifty years. More formal efforts saw her active for several terms as deacon, elder, and secretary of consistory. St. John's Camp was a special place for Sue assisting as camp counselor and camp cook. She liked working within various ministries and challenged herself in the hand bell choir.

Sue's zest for travels with her husband and friends led her to see much of the Americas, Europe and bits of Asia. She relished cooking, and it was a significant form of her hospitality. She delighted in skiing, reading, gardening, walking many trails and being at the beach.

Sue is lovingly thought of by her family and friends as she enjoyed supporting them throughout their lives. We hold dear her spirited nature and joy of living.

Sue's body was to be donated to the Humanity Gifts Registry for medical science and research. A St. John's Church service honoring Sue will be held at 2 PM Staturday, September 28th, 2019 at St. John's UCC 1811 Lincoln Way East Chambersburg, PA 17202. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. John's UCC or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

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Bonnie Harmon
   Posted Thu September 12, 2019
Lee and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sue was a wonderful person, a good friend to many and I know you all loved her dearly. Prayers for your peace and comfort.

Dirk Gilbert
   Posted Fri September 13, 2019
Our warmest condolences to the entire family.

Gene and Martine Shelly
   Posted Sun September 15, 2019
Lee and family,

We express our condolences to you. We knew Sue for four years as her neighbor and found her spirit to be vibrant and alive with the joy of life. Her energy was infectious and accepting. She surely will be missed. We pray that God’s love and grace will be a comfort during this time of grief.

Gene and Martine Shelly

Giles Light
   Posted Mon September 16, 2019
So sorry to learn of Sue's passing. The Light families and the Powell families have been long-time friends. Sincere sympathies to Lee and the family.

Rodney and Theresa Reichard
   Posted Mon September 16, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and sympathy are with your family.
Rodney and Theresa Reichard

Tony and Beth Cerri
   Posted Wed September 18, 2019
Lee and family, We were so very sorry to hear of Sues passing. She was a beautiful lady, inside and out, and loved by so many that knew her. Our love, prayers and thoughts extend out to her and to you all during this difficult time.

Mary Jo Frey
   Posted Fri September 27, 2019
Lee and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Sue’s positive attitude, her bright smile, and all-around good nature. And she always let me know if I was pushing her too hard in a yoga class, which she did so graciously and always with a grin. She will truly be missed as she has touched so many lives.