OBITUARY

Susan Pfeifer Bookless

April 6, 1938November 5, 2018

God called one of his angels home to join His heavenly choir in the early morning hours of 5 November 2018 following an 18-month long battle with lung cancer and related complications.

She was born in Salina, Kansas on April 6, 1938 to Frederick Pfeifer and Nina LaVerne Farmer. She inherited a talent for singing from her mother and grandmother and developed it further during secondary school and 2 plus years of college and independent vocal instruction. Throughout her adult years she employed her musical talent in academic and community settings and performed as a soloist in such diverse locations as Bangkok, Thailand, metropolitan churches in Washington, D.C. and, lastly, Williamsburg.

Susan and John C. Bookless were married in September 1966 and she and two daughters from a previous marriage joined him in Thailand in early 1967 where he was employed by the Agency for International Development. They returned home in 1968 and lived in the Washington, D.C. area where she remained while John was assigned a tour of duty in South Vietnam. Their next overseas assignment was to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. Susan worked as an administrative assistant in a variety of government agencies during most of those years. They retired to Williamsburg at the end of 1989 and enjoyed their years here. Following her retirement she traveled to seven different foreign countries on short term assignments as a government contractor. Susan was active in community organizations. She was a charter member of King of Glory Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir and served on the Music Committee, was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, served as a Stephen Minister and participated in the KOG Prison Ministry. She was a member of the Williamsburg Music Club, sang with the Williamsburg Choral Guild and volunteered at the community homeless shelter. She loved dogs, especially small ones.

Susan was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Steven and Donald, and a daughter, Elizabeth Ann, who was stillborn. She is survived by husband, John, daughters Jody Hampton and Kathy Clarke (Bixler) and son, John (Chris) Christopher Bookless and wife, Kristi; grandchildren Micah Binns, Stephen, Susan and Sarah Coy and 5 great-grandchildren.

Visitation by friends will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home on Friday, November 9th from 7-9 p.m. The Funeral service will be held at the King of Glory Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 10th at 11 a.m. with a light lunch reception following.

Memorial contributions may be made to the King of Glory Lutheran Church building fund, 4897 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, 23188; the 4 Paws Animal Rescue, P. O. Box 1624, Hayes, VA 23072; or the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Rd., Williamsburg, 23185. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Susan was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Steven and Donald, and a daughter, Elizabeth Ann, who was stillborn. She is survived by husband, John, daughters Jody Hampton and Kathy Clarke (Bixler) and son, John (Chris) Christopher Bookless and wife, Kristi; grandchildren Micah Binns, Stephen, Susan and Sarah Coy and 5 great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Susan Pfeifer Bookless

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Patti Walker

November 11, 2018

So sorry to hear about Susan. I will always remember her kind heart and loving Christian ways. My son Isaiah loved spending time with her and her family at Fort Eustis, VA when he was younger. She will be greatly missed by all. I will be praying for you John and the family during this most difficult time. Jesus loves you all and so do I

ELIE OUEDRAOGO

November 10, 2018

We are deeply sorry for the lost of our dear one lovely called '' Maman Susan''
In fact, since we meet her, she became more than a friend. There is no words to describe how much we'll miss her. Knowing her devotion and her love for the Lord (we sang together in June at New Kent), we are sure she is singing now with the angels. Please, let's learn from her life and keep the good work up despite our differences and problems in life. From Burkina Faso, we are sending our heartfelt condolences to the family and the whole community of KoG. Sending love to John.
Elie and Mariam.

Marcia Kelly

November 10, 2018

Sorry to hear this, Aunt Susan was a wonderful woman and will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to all.

Doug & Sherry Richards

November 9, 2018

We were so very sorry to hear of Aunt Susan's passing. She was a wonderful woman who will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Jim Brueggeman

November 9, 2018

Susan will truly be missed, she was a wonderful servant and ambassador of the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and the whole family.
May the Lord be with you all during this difficult time.
With our sympathies,
Jim and Pam Brueggeman

Janet Casanave

November 8, 2018

So sorry to learn of this! Susan was always such an optimistic and encouraging woman. She had a beautiful voice and sweet personality. It is comforting to know she is no longer suffering and is in a better place.
John, may the memories of Susan comfort you and the sympathy of friends sustain you at this time of sorrow.

Rick Gay

November 8, 2018

So sad to hear of this! I remember Susan when she was a Stephen Minister at King of Glory Lutheran and when she and John encouraged us to go to meetings about conservative topics. She was so encouraging no matter the venue we shared. She sang beautifully at church and had some funny stories to share about genealogy research too. My heart aches for John and yet I am comforted in knowing she is no longer in pain and is now singing with the angels in heaven. We live in South Carolina and won't be able to get back to Williamsburg for the funeral.

Denis Pelley

November 8, 2018

Recently, I had the honor and pleasure to get to know Susan from our meetings with the Williamsburg Community Chapel Cancer Support Group. She was always upbeat, caring, encouraging, and a delight to be around in spite of the challenges she faced. She showed us how to face adversity with courage and to lean on Christ for strength. We will not forget the lessons she taught us and we thank God and her family for sharing her with us.

FROM THE FAMILY