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Susan (Atherton) Rendleman

April 2, 1937September 14, 2020

Susan Joan Atherton Rendleman, 83, passed away peacefully at her residence on Monday, September 14, 2020, surrounded by her family.

She was born on April 2, 1937 to the late George H. Atherton and Esther Fuller Atherton in Linn County, Iowa. Susan was a member of Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church. After graduating from Lenoir Rhyne College Susan served alongside her husband as a pastor‘s wife, church organist, and choir director at Messiah Lutheran Church in Hickory for 30 years. She also dedicated 25 years as a first grade and reading teacher at Icard Elementary School.

Always a people lover, Susan was a faithful choir member at Saint Andrews Lutheran Church after retirement. Some of her favorite activities included trips to the beach with her family, Silver Sneakers, and daily walks through the neighborhood. Susan was loved by many in the community and will be greatly missed.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Atherton.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Rendleman of the home; son, Chris Rendleman of Hickory; daughter, Lynn R. Faggion and husband Mark of Clayton, NC; grandchildren Spencer R. Osterhoudt and husband Nick, Emily Irish and husband Jack, Ellie Faggion, Andrew Faggion, Joseph Faggion, David Faggion, Joshua Faggion, and Susanna Faggion.

A private service will be held at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC, 28658; Trinity Village, 1265 21st St. NE, Hickory, NC; or St. Andrews Music Ministry, 629 8th St. NE, Hickory, NC.


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Barbara Setzer

September 20, 2020

Susan was so welcoming to everyone at St. Andrews. Her smile was contagious, her character an epitome of Christianity. We will miss her and my prayers to her family.

Christy Baker

September 16, 2020

Susan was an absolute treasure! She started putting together my first classroom before I was hired at Icard. I was hired the weekend before school started. She got me started on the right foot and continued to sub for me for years to follow. She was a Godly woman who loved those around her. She was a blessing to me and my family.

Libby Hipps

September 16, 2020

I met your mom at Icard Elementary School when our daughter was a student there. When I would occasionally see her, she was friendly, pleasant, had a smile, and a positive attitude. I encourage you to "hang on" to the good memories you have of your mom. May God bless you.

Carrie Irish

September 16, 2020

What a sweet lady, many memories of her faithful attendance at family and theater events where children and grandchildren accomplished milestones in their journeys! Much love and prayers for the family as they grieve death's sting and temporary separation.

Beth Sollid

September 16, 2020

My condolences to the family! You are in my thoughts and prayers! Susan was a wonderful person and she will be missed...


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