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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Susan A. Bear-Fourness, 67, of Coudersport, PA

Susan A. Bear-Fourness
“former Coudersport business owner”

Coudersport, PA---Susan A. Bear-Fourness, 67, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, after a short illness.

Born July 13, 1943 in Quakertown, she was a daughter of Douglas E. and Adele P. Sutryn Mode.
Susan was a graduate of Quakertown High School and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia with her bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Susan, along with her former husband, Ted Bear, owned and operated the former Old Hickory Hotel, Bar & Restaurant in Coudersport for many years.

She was also a journalist and photographer for the Leader Enterprise for a number of years during the late 1980’s. After leaving the Leader Enterprise, she embarked on a new venture, as co-owner of a print shop. During this time she created a monthly magazine circulated in Potter County called “The Howling Moon”, which was produced at her business, Just Printing, in Sweden Valley. Susan moved to the New England area where she lived for several years until returning to Potter County in September of 2010.

An accomplished artist, Susan sold her paintings, many of which were portraits of pets. She had a great love of animals and enjoyed horseback riding. She also enjoyed fly fishing. She played the piano and the guitar. She took part in local plays and musicals, including performances with the Potter Players of Coudersport. She and her beloved brother, Michael, had an on going Scrabble match for over 30 years. Suzi won the last game.

Surviving are two sons, Peter D. Miller of Holly Springs, NC and Andrew K. (Laurie) Miller of Hollis, NH; a granddaughter, Nora E. Miller; a grandson, Elliott B. Miller; a brother, Michael D. (Lynn) Mode of New Haven, VT; and two nieces.

Susan was predeceased by her parents.

There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held in the spring at a date and location to be announced.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the U.S., 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037 or to the Coudersport Library, Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.


brooke said...

What a lovely woman ~ You will be missed greatly

Anonymous said...

Sue is going to be greatly missed not only by me, but by many. She wa a good friend to many. RIP dear friend.

Deb said...

So happy she could be back in Potter County to see her many friends. I worked with Suzie at the Enterprise and later often did business with her and her then-husband Bill Fourness at Just Printing. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She bore no grudge toward anyone. A wonderful example for us all. I will miss her...

Dann Shalkowski said...

So glad I saw you before I went to Florida Suzi, I miss you forever and will always miss you. Love, your old buddy Dann.

Walter Baker said...

Sue was a wonderful freind and will be missed greatly by me. She and I shared many memories together. Will miss her hartful laugh.

Anonymous said...

SORRY VERY SORRY hear about dear SUSAN BEAR,I'm Roddy Palmer never forget about you & Ted was my best friends for long time & worked with you both,too in Kitchen!-I'm pray for you Ted & family for dear Susan... Love you all&prayers O:)

Anonymous said...

Many fond memories reading this. That Suzi smile will always be remembered. Can you ever remember a time when she wasn't absolutely delighted to see you? And the long lost Hot Roddy Palmer resurfaces to remind us of all the lives she touched. Details on a memorial service in May will be forthcoming.