Susan Kathrine Schuhmacher

September 20, 1949September 30, 2013

Susan Kathrine Schuhmacher died Monday, September 30, 2013 in her Greensboro home after an 18-month fight with cancer.

Susan was born on September 20, 1949 in Houston, Texas to John and Paula Schuhmacher. She graduated from Duchesne Academy in Houston in 1968 and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In 1978, Susan married Claude Flueckiger. They lived in Switzerland for 21 years where they raised their three children. In 1997, the family moved to Greensboro. Susan sang with the Greensboro Choral Society and volunteered as a lunch buddy at Hunter Elementary School. Susan was an avid reader and loved gardening, the outdoors, and taking long walks with her guide dog, Monroe. She was passionate about animals, especially the many dogs and rabbits she cared for.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents and her sister and brother-in-law Dineen and Bill Godfrey. She is survived by her daughter Ellen Flueckiger and husband Matthew Hornaday of Greensboro, and their children Michael and Kate; her son Matthew Flueckiger and fiancée Ashley Stone of Austin, TX; and her son Patrick Flueckiger of Greensboro. Susan is also survived by her brother John Schuhmacher Jr. and wife Marianne of Aspen, CO, and her brother Daniel Schuhmacher and wife Sally of Austin, TX, as well as many nieces and nephews and dear friends who were a joy to her in life and a source of strength during her illness.

Susan faced each of the many challenges in her life with courage, grace and dignity. She often reminded her children that although she had cancer, cancer did not have her. Susan and her family would like to thank Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro and Home Instead for the care they provided for her in her final months.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Hanes-Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel 6000 High Point Rd at 6PM followed by a reception at Grandover Resort. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Greensboro Urban Ministry, 205 W Lee St Greensboro, NC 27406.

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  • Prayer Service Thursday, October 3, 2013
  • Committal Service Saturday, October 5, 2013

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Debra Danburg

October 14, 2013

Susan and I lived next door to each other on Inverness Pvt. Rd., back in late elementary school/early Jr. High. We rode horses, swam, hiked, and generally were the best of friends, and horse-crazy Tom-boys together. I learned more life lessons from her than I can express, and wish that I'd made a way to thank her personally.

Debra Danburg

October 14, 2013

I lived next door to Susan on Inverness Private Road, and we became close friends and "running buddies" (the horses did most of the running). I cannot tell you how many life lessons I learned from her. I am so sorry that I didn't have a chance to tell her.

Ann Larson Blankinship

October 9, 2013

Susan and I became close friends during the 1969-1970 school year at the University of Texas at Austin. We both lived in the Castilian dormitory, where her sweetness and care for others won her many friends. We discovered that we were in the same required U.S. history class and often walked there arm in arm. She invited me to study with her for tests, and our sessions included fun, laughter, and shared confidences. She insisted on writing me a check after each session, which I always protested because I was already benefiting by making better grades in the class by studying with her!

She invited me to her debutante party at Houston's River Oaks Country Club in the spring of 1970, and I enjoyed meeting her wonderful family there. The next year she moved to her sorority house, and I was busy in graduate school. We eventually lost touch, which I have long regretted.

Susan was one of the finest people I have ever known. I have thought of her many times through the years and send my condolences to her family.

Steve & Cate Pond

October 5, 2013

We had not seen Susan in many years but we loved her back in the day in Houston. She is with the angels. Our thoughts and prayers go to Claude and the kids.

Ben Royce

October 4, 2013

You were a great friend and inspiration to us all. The battle with cancer may be lost but the victory is yours.

October 3, 2013

We at All Saints Episcopal were graced and blessed by her being with us, both in and out of the choir. Hers was a persuasive voice of love and concern, an intellect of passion and assurance. We have missed her and will miss her still. Sue Keith

October 3, 2013

The members of the Choral Society of Greensboro send their deepest sympathy to you, Susan's family, on your loss. We have memories of her courage and warmth, and wonderful times singing together.

Alison Blake MacCord

October 2, 2013

I first met Susan at Sedgefield Stables when Ellen had a horse boarded with Mrs. Thomas. Susan would often visit to walk around the barn, communing with each horse in turn, softly stroking the eagerly offered muzzle. Other times we would see her, accompanied by one (if not two) faithful canine guides, as she braved crossing busy Groometown Road to reach the pharmacy and shopping center. Some years later I was assigned to work at the election polling site at Sedgefield Presbyterian where it was a delight to be able to reintroduce myself to her (and she remembered me!) and an honor to assist her when she faithfully came to vote. Susan was a lovely lady of strength and independence and her spirit will be missed. With my deepest sympathy,

Sally Allan

October 2, 2013

Ellen, Matthew and Patrick, your Mom was one of the kindest, smartest, strongest people I have ever known. I loved her with all my heart and now hope you will give me the honor of being an adopted "Mom" to you all. Please call on me for anything at anytime. She is missed but will live in my heart forever. - With love, Sally

Dan and Rebecca Ingle

October 2, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are all with each of you at this time of loss.