November 22, 2011
Susan Gurrentz passed peacefully on Sunday evening, Nov. 20, 2011 with her family by her side.
Beloved wife of 57 years of Morton Gurrentz, who was the love of her life and her greatest champion. Beloved mother of Rodger (Joan) Gurrentz of Murrysville, Penn., Thomas (Pamela) Gurrentz of Orlando, Fla. and Patrick (Lynn) Gurrentz of Murrysville, Penn. Grandmother of Amy, Tess, Samantha, Benjamin, Ryan, Jackson and Jessica Gurrentz.
Susan was a sportswomen, an artist, a benefactor, a mother, a grandmother, a wife. As a sportswoman, she was a champion golfer on the golf team of Westmoreland Country Club, where her team won the championship in the Women’s Western Golf Association. She played golf locally and on many of the great courses in the U.S., Australia, Europe, Scotland and Asia.
She trekked 23 days to the base camp of Mount Everest, as well as to base camp of Minya Konka in China, and trekked Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya and summited the highest mountain in the Rockies, Mount Elbert. She heli-skied 30 years in Alberta and British Columbia, amassing more than 5 million vertical feet.
She was also a portrait artist for 50 years, painting personages of many individuals and families and dignitaries from around the world. She worked with paper, she painted fine art in oil, water colors, charcoal and pastels. Her work was displayed and sold in galleries in Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Houston, London and Aspen. She was an enthusiastic photographer and occasional filmmaker. She graduated Taylor Alderdice and attended Sara Lawrence College and graduated from Chatham College where she remained a benefactor ever since.
Her proudest accomplishment was her family of three sons and daughters-in-law and seven grandchildren, all of whom are close to each other as a result of her unabated enthusiasm for her family. She will be greatly missed by all who benefited from her presence.
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Services at Temple David, 4415 Northern Pike, Monroeville, Penn. on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Interment West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation, Ross Township, Penn.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society; 320 Bilmar Drive; Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. (1-888-621-8282 / http://www.schugar.com).