- February 28, 1957 - February 15, 2013
of Susan's Passing
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“I was a patient of Susan some years back -- I remember her as a fun-loving, caring person. I was saddened to hear of her passing. Her presence in the...Read More »
1 of 42 | Posted by: Alexis Rotella - arnold, MD
“My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Dr. Bernstein and his family. As a patient, I was awestruck by the way he related his wife's coping and truly...Read More »
2 of 42 | Posted by: Tom Galvin - Davidsonville, MD
“Went to high school with Susie and remember her and those years very fondly. She was a great person and great fun to be around. So sorry to hear of...Read More »
3 of 42 | Posted by: Jack Gerber - Springville, NY
“Susan's ability to make everyone feel they are special is a characteristic of her i will never forget. Although she leaves us here on earth she will...Read More »
4 of 42 | Posted by: Darlene Casher Crawford - PA
“I am so sorry to hear about Susan's death. I went to school with her but have not seen her since graduation. Please know that your family are in my...Read More »
5 of 42 | Posted by: DARLENE (MANCUSO) ALLEGRETTO - PA
“Dear Richard & Family,
My deepest condolence to you and your family at the loss of your beautiful Susan. I knew her from the old neighborhood when...Read More »
6 of 42 | Posted by: Michael A. Parana - Shade Gap, PA
“Dear Richard and Julie, Her brother Dave,
What a very Beautiful women inside and out. She was one of best cheerleaders for our class of 75 . I...Read More »
7 of 42 | Posted by: Donna Breindel Holjencin - kersey, PA
“Melissa, Monica and I are so deeply sorry for your loss, Dr. Bernstein, Jeff, Julie, and Bella. Susan was special and loved by all of us even the...Read More »
8 of 42 | Posted by: Maureen Farace - Annapolis, MD
“Rich:I was shocked and saddened to hear of your wife's passing. My thoughts are with you. Though I never met Susie, the eulogy that you wrote...Read More »
9 of 42 | Posted by: Steve Katz - arnold, MD - Friend
“Please accept our sympathy for your loss. Susies love for life and her great smile will always be remembered. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and...Read More »
10 of 42 | Posted by: Ann Caldwell - Annapolis, MD
“Susie was also such fun back in school. I haven't seen her since then, but I always remember when she was around there was always a lot of laughs. I...Read More »
11 of 42 | Posted by: Rose Angeletti Gabor - Kelsey, PA
“Susie will be missed greatly. As her sponsored Naval Academy midshipman, she always made everyday special and welcomed me into her home as part of...Read More »
12 of 42 | Posted by: Tom Burfield - Anacortes, WA
“My deepest sympathy to the Bernstein family and her brother, Dave. Susie was a wonder friend, even though I had not seen her in many years I have...Read More »
13 of 42 | Posted by: Pauline Gausman - St Marys, PA
“Susie was always smiling and laughing and having fun. Though we did not keep in touch, I thought about her often. I am deeply saddened to learn of...Read More »
14 of 42 | Posted by: Andrea DeJarnette - Houston, TX
“Dear Rich,You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time.Daina Pack
15 of 42 | Posted by: Daina Pack - Annapolis, MD
“Even though Susie and I never saw each other after our respective High School graduations, I thought of her every now and again. She just had the...Read More »
16 of 42 | Posted by: Candy Buttery Eckert - St. Marys, PA
“Susie always had a smile on her face and had a tremendous amount of energy. She shared her mothers sweet disposition and her fathers sense of humor....Read More »
17 of 42 | Posted by: CRAIG FELDBAUER - ST. MARYS, PA
“I offer my condolences to the Bernstein family and say hold on to those precious memories of your loved one and be joyful in the times that you had...Read More »
18 of 42 | Posted by: Gail Ryans
“I am deeply saddened to learn of Susie's passing. Her contagious smile and her kindness is what I will remember about her. My sincerest condolences...Read More »
19 of 42 | Posted by: Susan Strandberg - Saint Marys, PA
“May knowing you're in the hearts and thoughts of others help you and yours
through this time of sorrow.
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20 of 42 | Posted by: Irish Smith - Business Associate
“To the Bernstein Family,We send all of our condolences to you from the Class of '75. Susie was a sweet, loving person and she will be missed dearly.
21 of 42 | Posted by: Denise Bauer Simbeck - St. Marys, PA
“Dr. Bernstein, Jeff and Julie,
You have my deepest sympathy. Susie and I grew up together and I have many great memories of our friendship.
22 of 42 | Posted by: Pat Gahr - New Cumberland, PA
“Dear Rich, Jeff and Julie,
Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. Susie was a gracious lady with a ready smile and kind words. May the...Read More »
23 of 42 | Posted by: Ellen and Jim Reinig - Annapolis, MD
“Rich: So sorry for your loss, always enjoyed seeing Susie whenever I ran into her what a wonderful positive personality. She will be missed,
Bill...Read More »
24 of 42 | Posted by: Bill Niland - Annapolis, MD
“Susie was a wonderful lady. I share your deep sorrow with her passing. Robin
25 of 42 | Posted by: Robin Bosworth - Annapolis, MD
“So sorry she's gone
26 of 42 | Posted by: Jim Rooney - Riva, MD - friend
“David, Dr. Bernstein and family; I knew Susan and went to school with David when they lived here in St. Marys. Looking at the memories in your...Read More »
27 of 42 | Posted by: Anne Sinibaldi Herzing - PA
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of knowing Susan through Chesapeake Medical Imaging over the years. Always a...Read More »
28 of 42 | Posted by: Debbie Wolf - Stevensville, MD
“So very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. Sincerely, Catherine Dooley
29 of 42 | Posted by: Catherine Dooley - Tracys Landing, MD
“As a very long patient of Dr. Bernstein's practice, I want to offer my deepest sympathy to you and your family. After you told me of her illness, she...Read More »
30 of 42 | Posted by: Judye Jarema - Annapolis, MD
“Rich, we are so sorry to hear about Susie's passing. She had a beautiful and special soul. We will always remember her fondly. Take care of...Read More »
31 of 42 | Posted by: Ira and sandy Weinstein
“Dear Rich, Jeff and Julie,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Susie s smile blessed so many of us in the neighborhood!! We will miss her terribly!!...Read More »
32 of 42 | Posted by: Kelly Johnson - Annapolis, MD
“Dear Rich, Julie and Jeffery,
Susie was one of those people that are always smiling in your memories. While we are saddened by her passing we have...Read More »
33 of 42 | Posted by: Mike and Laura Riebman - Arnold, MD
“We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you.
Tom and Yona
34 of 42 | Posted by: Tom and Yona Kelly - Riva, MD
“Bob and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Sincerely, Bob & Kathy
35 of 42 | Posted by: Bob & Kathy Rohe - Annapolis, MD
“Susie gave me my very first allergy shots and I remember her being very friendly, soft spoken and caring. May she rest in peace.
36 of 42 | Posted by: Lois MacCormack - Annapolis, MD
“Dear Dr. Bernstein...As a long-time patient of yours, I'd like to extend my sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved wife, Susie. Since...Read More »
37 of 42 | Posted by: Sherry Gately - Annapolis, MD
I am so sorry for you and the family for the loss of Susie, a truly accomplished woman and someone who fought so courageously against...Read More »
38 of 42 | Posted by: Edward R McDevitt - ANNAPOLIS, MD
“To live in the hearts of those left behind, is to live forever. The love Susie shared with her family and friends will live on. She will be missed...Read More »
39 of 42 | Posted by: Molly Tami - Cincinnati, OH
“Rich and Family, My sincere deepest sympathy on the passing of Susie. Physically gone from our lives but leaving so many wonderful memories many of...Read More »
40 of 42 | Posted by: Bill Guthrie - St. Marys, PA
“My deepest sympathy for Susie's family. She was a beautiful lady
41 of 42 | Posted by: Chris Perkey - Edgewater, MD
“Rich, Jeff, and Julie: our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful Susie. All day I have been remembering her when she was a little girl,...Read More »
42 of 42 | Posted by: Sara and Sonny Eckert - PA
Susan Walter Bernstein "Susie", 55, a 25-year resident of Annapolis died February 15 at her home after a 22-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born February 28, 1957 in St. Marys, PA to the late Irene and Martin Walter, Susie graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Social Work and received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2004. Susie was a psychotherapist in Annapolis until October of 2012. She enjoyed skiing and spending time with her family.
Susie is survived by her husband, Richard Bernstein, M.D., whom she married September 29, 1984, son, Jeff Bernstein and daughter Julie Bernstein, all of Annapolis; and brother David Walter of Potomac.
A funeral will be held late Monday morning or early Monday afternoon, Monday, February 18 at Temple Beth Shalom, 1461 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold. Please check John M. Taylor Funeral Home's website at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com for exact time. Interment Lakemont Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name, Susan Bernstein, may be made to the UMBC Foundation, Social Work Department Fund – 05-20012. Mail checks to: Susan Emfinger, Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations and Development, Office of Institutional Advancement 1, UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland, 1000 Hilltop Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21250 USA
Susie's Eulogy February 2013
How do you describe a relationship you have had with someone for 29 years? Our first date was Oct. 18 1983. It wasn't easy getting her to go out with me. She turned me down twice… and it was only at the urging of a mutual friend that she finally agreed. "What's the worst that could happen" he told her. "It's not like you are going to get married." So after having me wait for an hour while she interviewed potential new housemate we went out. I knew that this was the women I was going to marry. To quote Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle "It was magic"
So what was it about Susie that made her so special? What always stood out to me was that she always made those around her better but she never needed to be the center of attention. She had many interests. She loved hiking, camping, her dogs, art, the theatre, Skiing¸ evening fires and fireworks, family, friends, St. Mary's PA, and her profession. In essence she loved life and she loved living it.
I remember one of our camping trips at Ricketts Glenn State Park with our friends Charlie and Laura. For those of you that don't know Rickets' Glenn is a beautiful State Park in Northeast PA known for its limestone waterfalls and wonderful trails. Usually the bears stayed near the garbage dump but they were occasionally known to wander. It had been raining for 4 straight days so on our last night we placed all clothes in the car to hopefully dry out before the next day's drive. After finishing dinner and putting everything away we got in our tent with the kids now fast asleep. Suddenly we heard a rumbling and clattering of trashcans. Wow! We thought Charlie is being a bit loud throwing out the garbage. Then there was the crushing sound of foliage being trampled and through the moonlight the torso of this immense beast pressing against out tent. As the animal ambled toward the coolers, Susie fearlessly peered out though the tent window as though it was somehow magically protected by an invisible fence and impervious to the danger at hand. Susie turned and with and with those bright hazel eyes and energetic smile whispered "She really seems to like the Couscous"". I of course lay petrified and with my teeth chattering whispered back "That's great now lie down and be quiet.
Not to use a cliché but she really did believe in small town values. She was adamant her children would have that type of grounding; she loved her home town of St. Mary's Pa. . So every summer she and the kids would make their two week pilgrimage to see Papa Marty and Nana Irene. Somehow it wasn't just a visit but more of transplantation into this modern day Mayberry. The kids were able to participate in all summer activities and developed friendships they maintain until this day. As the kids got older and Irene moved down to Annapolis their annual pilgrimage shifted to a winter fest. This included snowmobiling with Marylyn and Vrginia and of course the 3 day ski Trip to Holiday Valley. There is no activity Susie loved more than Skiing and while, as we got older we were able to ski out west I believe there was no place she enjoyed more than Holiday Valley and those 3 special days a year she spent with Jeff and Julie the momma bear with her two cubs.
So you ask what was Susie's favorite holiday. Well you might say the 4th of July because she loved fireworks and picnics. Or you could say Thanksgiving because she loved preparing all the food from scratch. Christmas would be in the running because she loved giving gifts, and of course there was Halloween with pumpkin carving and figuring out what costume the kids would wear. Birthdays were special. First the interrogation about what you really wanted, then a weeklong celebration capped off with a homemade birthday cake. Of course I don't think it was the holidays at all. I think what she really loved was having an opportunity to make each one of us feel special.
Susie loved to travel. She enjoyed meeting people from different places and experiencing different cultures. She believed that we should always bring back something to remember where we had been. Usually this was a piece of artwork. Susie believed that by adding an artwork we wouldn't just be bringing back remembrance but a piece of local culture that would enhance our home.
I still remember being in the marketplace on our honeymoon in Cancun. I