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Gretchen Waldrop
Gretchen Waldrop
Thank you Kathryn for the difficult task you have undertaken for keeping all of us aware of everthing that has happened with in your family. My prayers for your entire family have not stopped, as I know it has been so hard to have gone through what you have, I have been there, I know. I pray now Dave will have safe travels as he comes out her to California and I pray that God will continie to be with him and all of your entire family as you have all gone through this together.  I pray that God will give him the strength to carry on his jouney, what ever it may be, what ever God may have planned for him, and continue to give you all comfort still, as you are still hurting, may God continue to be with your enitre family and give you peace. 

Love, and much thanks,
Carolyn Cranston
Carolyn Cranston
Thank you, Kathryn, for sharing such a beautifully written journal of your mom's journey over the last two years. She will be missed, but never forgotten, by the many, many people whose lives she touched and changed forever. May God Bless you, Dave, and the rest of your family as you continue the healing process. - former student and colleague at PTS
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Dear Kathryn...there's not a day that passes when we don't think about you, Dave, and all the rest of your family.   Our hearts continue to hurt over your loss, but we are so very thankful that you had Susan in your lives for so many years.  Please know that we continue walking with you these days, and will continue to do so in the days, weeks, and years ahead.  We know that Dave's moving will be difficult for you, Kathryn, even tho you send him off with your blessings and your love...and we will be thinking of you during these days of parting as well.    I hope you feel the love surrounding you over and over.

Bobbie and Cory
Karen Lutz
Karen Lutz
Dear Kathryn,

You have been so brave, strong and faithful in sharing deeply as you have travelled the journey with your mom and Dave.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  My mom died two years ago this week and I think of her every day.  I share my thoughts and joys with her just as I am sure you do with your mom.  The geography of our lives changes with each loss--the loss of a mom seems to be one of the biggest.   

Bless you.
Love,
Karen
Marirose Lescher
Marirose Lescher
I don’t remember why we were gathered around a camp fire at the base of Mount Sinai, but we were.  We were sipping hot tea (spiked for some of us) listening to the local folks play drums on a dark, cold night.  And then, Susan was up dancing around, and definitely shaking her booty to the drum music.  We all soon joined her, dancing around, laughing, having fun.  Someone asked Dave if he had seen this behavior before, and with a bemused smile he answered, “Yes, I have.”  Susan was cool and fun, intelligent and kind.  In this season of giving thanks, I am thankful for Susan’s myriad contributions to theology, and to the well-being of so many people.  I hold you all in my heart and prayers.
Lea Austin
Lea Austin
Dear Kathryn,

I'm sorry I missed the memorial service for your mom.  I was out of town that weekend.  So it was a joy to find her "sermon" on CaringBridge.  As a former student, I appreciate the last bit of wisdom from a person/woman/professor who had such an impact on my life and ministry.

She taught us to reflect on the experiences of life from a theological perspective so I am not surprised that she continued to live out what she taught.  I hope that I do this half as well as she has.

You have all been in my thoughts and prayers since I learned of the illness.  Sue's courage and Spirit continue in all of us.

Peace,
Lea Austin
Jennifer Young-Thompson
Jennifer Young-Thompson
It is Novemeber 14th and i have just found out about your beloved Susan. I was her student at PTS and David was our interim minister at Tarentum's First Presbyterian.  The separation of our loved ones - the gulf created by the passing from this world into the next - is one of the most painful of human experiences.  Susan was a light in the darkness - a source of inspiration in a weary landscape - a call to justice in an unjust world.  I thank God that i had the privilage to call her "teacher" and that she now joins the cloud of witnesses who gather on that other shore.  May our Lord comfort you and fill you with His peace until we join Susan in that place when it is our time to travel through the valley.  A place beyond our imagination but not beyond our hope in Jesus Christ! - Jennifer Young-Thompson PTS class of 2004.
lisa steimer
lisa steimer
To the family of Susan Nelson-
               Althouigh I only knew her a short time, she  taught me so much about Jesus Christ, and myself. About justice and love and a bit of process theology. I love you Susan, I will miss you, but heaven has so much gained. 
                                        Lisa
Teri Sullivan Lutz
Teri Sullivan Lutz
Dear Dave, Kathryn, Christina and James

The Memorial is happening now for Susan.  She and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.  I imagine it will be a wonderful gathering of folks who knew, loved  and valued her so much.  Since we are not able to beam ourselves there and be with you all physically we are with you in spirit.  I  always enjoyed the family times we had together even though distance made having those often challenging. I have so appreciated learning more about her during this time-in reading tributes from so many people who knew her in different ways.  She clearly was such a vibrant, intelligent woman who had the courage to listen to her own drummer and mentor others to do the same.  What a gift!!  I wish you much peace and love as you navigate the road ahead..  Please know that we would love you to visit if a trip to Colorado is ever in your plans!!
Love,   Teri
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Hi, and Love, to all of you.  We are aware that this is the time you are having Susan's Service, and we are sending our love, bits of strength, and encouragement to each of you.  We are acutely feeling part of your experience there as you, together, remember all the lovely reasons you loved and will miss Susan.  We hope the service is all you had hoped for and all that Susan would feel blessed to receive.

We're thinking of you...

Love, Bobbie and Cory
Meg Shoeman
Meg Shoeman
Funny thing- Shortly before your mom left Pittsburgh for Claremont she told us she was thinking of developing and eventually teaching a course on...the theology of LOVE.  I would have loved to hear what she'd have to say but now I can't help but think that---and little did she probably notice it---she was teaching it all along.
Thank you again for sharing this journey with us.  All Christ's peace to you and your family.

Meg Shoeman, PTS 2007 
Gretchen Waldrop
Gretchen Waldrop
My heart will always have a special place for all of you. This is a lovely tribute to your Mom, she was a wonderful, loving, smart, wise accomplished woman who brought up 3 wonderful children. May you find comfort in knowing there are many friends and family who share your grief with you, but also you can turn to when ever you need to.

All my love,
Dana  Gold
Dana Gold
My deepest sympathies for your loss.  All of us have lost a bright and shining light in the world.  Your mother meant so much to so many of us. 

Back in the 80's your mother participated in a women's liturgical group with me and a few others (Bebb Stone, Von Keairns and I think Libby, too).  At the first planned worship service, we asked all the women to come with a flower.  At a certain point in the service, we invited everyone to come forward and add their flower to a vase at the front of the sanctuary.  We used that as a centerpiece for our worship...a reflection and gathering of the beauty and diversity of all the women gathered. 

I still have photos from that worship service.  Your mom, Bebb and I with our arms around each other's waists with that bouquet.

I will be out of town for the celebration of your mother's life.  I wish I could add my flower to the bouquet you are gathering that day. 

Your mother added much to my life.  I will always remember.  I will remember:
Swimming laps together at the Highland Park pool, driving her to the airport and then not being able to figure out how to make anything in the Renault work(!) after I left her at the curb, her child-like handwriting on my papers, her parties at your house on Braddock Ave.  Long conversations.  Lots of hope. 

I will always be grateful.
mary hughes
mary hughes
Hello Susan's Family,  We are with you in our hearts.  We miss Susan terribly but she spread such joy in knowing her!  She was always up for the adventure.  We finished the frozen lemonade she gave us on the day she died.  Ed and I feel conected in a deep way to her and to you all.  It seems fitting that the wrapped woman painting that she had of mine and gave me back is up now in an artshow, as a tribute to her.  I think of her often.  Ed says Susan was the most fun person to discuss theology and life with that he has ever know.  We miss her being and not living nextdoor.  Our sympathy and best to you all.  If you ever want to talk  we are there and would like to keep in touch.   Love,  Mary and Ed Hughes
Carolyn Cranston
Carolyn Cranston
Thank you, Kathryn, for sharing such a beautifully written journal of your mom's journey over the last two years. She will be missed, but never forgotten, by the many, many people whose lives she touched and changed forever. May God Bless you, Dave, and the rest of your family as you continue the healing process. - former student and colleague at PTS
Karen Lutz
Karen Lutz
Dear Kathryn,

You have been so brave, strong and faithful in sharing deeply as you have travelled the journey with your mom and Dave.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  My mom died two years ago this week and I think of her every day.  I share my thoughts and joys with her just as I am sure you do with your mom.  The geography of our lives changes with each loss--the loss of a mom seems to be one of the biggest.   

Bless you.
Love,
Karen
Lea Austin
Lea Austin
Dear Kathryn,

I'm sorry I missed the memorial service for your mom.  I was out of town that weekend.  So it was a joy to find her "sermon" on CaringBridge.  As a former student, I appreciate the last bit of wisdom from a person/woman/professor who had such an impact on my life and ministry.

She taught us to reflect on the experiences of life from a theological perspective so I am not surprised that she continued to live out what she taught.  I hope that I do this half as well as she has.

You have all been in my thoughts and prayers since I learned of the illness.  Sue's courage and Spirit continue in all of us.

Peace,
Lea Austin
lisa steimer
lisa steimer
To the family of Susan Nelson-
               Althouigh I only knew her a short time, she  taught me so much about Jesus Christ, and myself. About justice and love and a bit of process theology. I love you Susan, I will miss you, but heaven has so much gained. 
                                        Lisa
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Hi, and Love, to all of you.  We are aware that this is the time you are having Susan's Service, and we are sending our love, bits of strength, and encouragement to each of you.  We are acutely feeling part of your experience there as you, together, remember all the lovely reasons you loved and will miss Susan.  We hope the service is all you had hoped for and all that Susan would feel blessed to receive.

We're thinking of you...

Love, Bobbie and Cory
Gretchen Waldrop
Gretchen Waldrop
My heart will always have a special place for all of you. This is a lovely tribute to your Mom, she was a wonderful, loving, smart, wise accomplished woman who brought up 3 wonderful children. May you find comfort in knowing there are many friends and family who share your grief with you, but also you can turn to when ever you need to.

All my love,
Dana  Gold
Dana Gold
My deepest sympathies for your loss.  All of us have lost a bright and shining light in the world.  Your mother meant so much to so many of us. 

Back in the 80's your mother participated in a women's liturgical group with me and a few others (Bebb Stone, Von Keairns and I think Libby, too).  At the first planned worship service, we asked all the women to come with a flower.  At a certain point in the service, we invited everyone to come forward and add their flower to a vase at the front of the sanctuary.  We used that as a centerpiece for our worship...a reflection and gathering of the beauty and diversity of all the women gathered. 

I still have photos from that worship service.  Your mom, Bebb and I with our arms around each other's waists with that bouquet.

I will be out of town for the celebration of your mother's life.  I wish I could add my flower to the bouquet you are gathering that day. 

Your mother added much to my life.  I will always remember.  I will remember:
Swimming laps together at the Highland Park pool, driving her to the airport and then not being able to figure out how to make anything in the Renault work(!) after I left her at the curb, her child-like handwriting on my papers, her parties at your house on Braddock Ave.  Long conversations.  Lots of hope. 

I will always be grateful.
Gretchen Waldrop
Gretchen Waldrop
Thank you Kathryn for the difficult task you have undertaken for keeping all of us aware of everthing that has happened with in your family. My prayers for your entire family have not stopped, as I know it has been so hard to have gone through what you have, I have been there, I know. I pray now Dave will have safe travels as he comes out her to California and I pray that God will continie to be with him and all of your entire family as you have all gone through this together.  I pray that God will give him the strength to carry on his jouney, what ever it may be, what ever God may have planned for him, and continue to give you all comfort still, as you are still hurting, may God continue to be with your enitre family and give you peace. 

Love, and much thanks,
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Dear Kathryn...there's not a day that passes when we don't think about you, Dave, and all the rest of your family.   Our hearts continue to hurt over your loss, but we are so very thankful that you had Susan in your lives for so many years.  Please know that we continue walking with you these days, and will continue to do so in the days, weeks, and years ahead.  We know that Dave's moving will be difficult for you, Kathryn, even tho you send him off with your blessings and your love...and we will be thinking of you during these days of parting as well.    I hope you feel the love surrounding you over and over.

Bobbie and Cory
Marirose Lescher
Marirose Lescher
I don’t remember why we were gathered around a camp fire at the base of Mount Sinai, but we were.  We were sipping hot tea (spiked for some of us) listening to the local folks play drums on a dark, cold night.  And then, Susan was up dancing around, and definitely shaking her booty to the drum music.  We all soon joined her, dancing around, laughing, having fun.  Someone asked Dave if he had seen this behavior before, and with a bemused smile he answered, “Yes, I have.”  Susan was cool and fun, intelligent and kind.  In this season of giving thanks, I am thankful for Susan’s myriad contributions to theology, and to the well-being of so many people.  I hold you all in my heart and prayers.
Jennifer Young-Thompson
Jennifer Young-Thompson
It is Novemeber 14th and i have just found out about your beloved Susan. I was her student at PTS and David was our interim minister at Tarentum's First Presbyterian.  The separation of our loved ones - the gulf created by the passing from this world into the next - is one of the most painful of human experiences.  Susan was a light in the darkness - a source of inspiration in a weary landscape - a call to justice in an unjust world.  I thank God that i had the privilage to call her "teacher" and that she now joins the cloud of witnesses who gather on that other shore.  May our Lord comfort you and fill you with His peace until we join Susan in that place when it is our time to travel through the valley.  A place beyond our imagination but not beyond our hope in Jesus Christ! - Jennifer Young-Thompson PTS class of 2004.
Teri Sullivan Lutz
Teri Sullivan Lutz
Dear Dave, Kathryn, Christina and James

The Memorial is happening now for Susan.  She and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.  I imagine it will be a wonderful gathering of folks who knew, loved  and valued her so much.  Since we are not able to beam ourselves there and be with you all physically we are with you in spirit.  I  always enjoyed the family times we had together even though distance made having those often challenging. I have so appreciated learning more about her during this time-in reading tributes from so many people who knew her in different ways.  She clearly was such a vibrant, intelligent woman who had the courage to listen to her own drummer and mentor others to do the same.  What a gift!!  I wish you much peace and love as you navigate the road ahead..  Please know that we would love you to visit if a trip to Colorado is ever in your plans!!
Love,   Teri
Meg Shoeman
Meg Shoeman
Funny thing- Shortly before your mom left Pittsburgh for Claremont she told us she was thinking of developing and eventually teaching a course on...the theology of LOVE.  I would have loved to hear what she'd have to say but now I can't help but think that---and little did she probably notice it---she was teaching it all along.
Thank you again for sharing this journey with us.  All Christ's peace to you and your family.

Meg Shoeman, PTS 2007 
mary hughes
mary hughes
Hello Susan's Family,  We are with you in our hearts.  We miss Susan terribly but she spread such joy in knowing her!  She was always up for the adventure.  We finished the frozen lemonade she gave us on the day she died.  Ed and I feel conected in a deep way to her and to you all.  It seems fitting that the wrapped woman painting that she had of mine and gave me back is up now in an artshow, as a tribute to her.  I think of her often.  Ed says Susan was the most fun person to discuss theology and life with that he has ever know.  We miss her being and not living nextdoor.  Our sympathy and best to you all.  If you ever want to talk  we are there and would like to keep in touch.   Love,  Mary and Ed Hughes
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Dear Kathryn...there's not a day that passes when we don't think about you, Dave, and all the rest of your family.   Our hearts continue to hurt over your loss, but we are so very thankful that you had Susan in your lives for so many years.  Please know that we continue walking with you these days, and will continue to do so in the days, weeks, and years ahead.  We know that Dave's moving will be difficult for you, Kathryn, even tho you send him off with your blessings and your love...and we will be thinking of you during these days of parting as well.    I hope you feel the love surrounding you over and over.

Bobbie and Cory
Jennifer Young-Thompson
Jennifer Young-Thompson
It is Novemeber 14th and i have just found out about your beloved Susan. I was her student at PTS and David was our interim minister at Tarentum's First Presbyterian.  The separation of our loved ones - the gulf created by the passing from this world into the next - is one of the most painful of human experiences.  Susan was a light in the darkness - a source of inspiration in a weary landscape - a call to justice in an unjust world.  I thank God that i had the privilage to call her "teacher" and that she now joins the cloud of witnesses who gather on that other shore.  May our Lord comfort you and fill you with His peace until we join Susan in that place when it is our time to travel through the valley.  A place beyond our imagination but not beyond our hope in Jesus Christ! - Jennifer Young-Thompson PTS class of 2004.
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Bobbie Rickabaugh
Hi, and Love, to all of you.  We are aware that this is the time you are having Susan's Service, and we are sending our love, bits of strength, and encouragement to each of you.  We are acutely feeling part of your experience there as you, together, remember all the lovely reasons you loved and will miss Susan.  We hope the service is all you had hoped for and all that Susan would feel blessed to receive.

We're thinking of you...

Love, Bobbie and Cory
Gretchen Waldrop
Gretchen Waldrop
Thank you Kathryn for the difficult task you have undertaken for keeping all of us aware of everthing that has happened with in your family. My prayers for your entire family have not stopped, as I know it has been so hard to have gone through what you have, I have been there, I know. I pray now Dave will have safe travels as he comes out her to California and I pray that God will continie to be with him and all of your entire family as you have all gone through this together.  I pray that God will give him the strength to carry on his jouney, what ever it may be, what ever God may have planned for him, and continue to give you all comfort still, as you are still hurting, may God continue to be with your enitre family and give you peace. 

Love, and much thanks,
Karen Lutz
Karen Lutz
Dear Kathryn,

You have been so brave, strong and faithful in sharing deeply as you have travelled the journey with your mom and Dave.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  My mom died two years ago this week and I think of her every day.  I share my thoughts and joys with her just as I am sure you do with your mom.  The geography of our lives changes with each loss--the loss of a mom seems to be one of the biggest.   

Bless you.
Love,
Karen
Marirose Lescher
Marirose Lescher
I don’t remember why we were gathered around a camp fire at the base of Mount Sinai, but we were.  We were sipping hot tea (spiked for some of us) listening to the local folks play drums on a dark, cold night.  And then, Susan was up dancing around, and definitely shaking her booty to the drum music.  We all soon joined her, dancing around, laughing, having fun.  Someone asked Dave if he had seen this behavior before, and with a bemused smile he answered, “Yes, I have.”  Susan was cool and fun, intelligent and kind.  In this season of giving thanks, I am thankful for Susan’s myriad contributions to theology, and to the well-being of so many people.  I hold you all in my heart and prayers.
lisa steimer
lisa steimer
To the family of Susan Nelson-
               Althouigh I only knew her a short time, she  taught me so much about Jesus Christ, and myself. About justice and love and a bit of process theology. I love you Susan, I will miss you, but heaven has so much gained. 
                                        Lisa
Meg Shoeman
Meg Shoeman
Funny thing- Shortly before your mom left Pittsburgh for Claremont she told us she was thinking of developing and eventually teaching a course on...the theology of LOVE.  I would have loved to hear what she'd have to say but now I can't help but think that---and little did she probably notice it---she was teaching it all along.
Thank you again for sharing this journey with us.  All Christ's peace to you and your family.

Meg Shoeman, PTS 2007 
Dana  Gold
Dana Gold
My deepest sympathies for your loss.  All of us have lost a bright and shining light in the world.  Your mother meant so much to so many of us. 

Back in the 80's your mother participated in a women's liturgical group with me and a few others (Bebb Stone, Von Keairns and I think Libby, too).  At the first planned worship service, we asked all the women to come with a flower.  At a certain point in the service, we invited everyone to come forward and add their flower to a vase at the front of the sanctuary.  We used that as a centerpiece for our worship...a reflection and gathering of the beauty and diversity of all the women gathered. 

I still have photos from that worship service.  Your mom, Bebb and I with our arms around each other's waists with that bouquet.

I will be out of town for the celebration of your mother's life.  I wish I could add my flower to the bouquet you are gathering that day. 

Your mother added much to my life.  I will always remember.  I will remember:
Swimming laps together at the Highland Park pool, driving her to the airport and then not being able to figure out how to make anything in the Renault work(!) after I left her at the curb, her child-like handwriting on my papers, her parties at your house on Braddock Ave.  Long conversations.  Lots of hope. 

I will always be grateful.
Carolyn Cranston
Carolyn Cranston
Thank you, Kathryn, for sharing such a beautifully written journal of your mom's journey over the last two years. She will be missed, but never forgotten, by the many, many people whose lives she touched and changed forever. May God Bless you, Dave, and the rest of your family as you continue the healing process. - former student and colleague at PTS
Lea Austin
Lea Austin
Dear Kathryn,

I'm sorry I missed the memorial service for your mom.  I was out of town that weekend.  So it was a joy to find her "sermon" on CaringBridge.  As a former student, I appreciate the last bit of wisdom from a person/woman/professor who had such an impact on my life and ministry.

She taught us to reflect on the experiences of life from a theological perspective so I am not surprised that she continued to live out what she taught.  I hope that I do this half as well as she has.

You have all been in my thoughts and prayers since I learned of the illness.  Sue's courage and Spirit continue in all of us.

Peace,
Lea Austin
Teri Sullivan Lutz
Teri Sullivan Lutz
Dear Dave, Kathryn, Christina and James

The Memorial is happening now for Susan.  She and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.  I imagine it will be a wonderful gathering of folks who knew, loved  and valued her so much.  Since we are not able to beam ourselves there and be with you all physically we are with you in spirit.  I  always enjoyed the family times we had together even though distance made having those often challenging. I have so appreciated learning more about her during this time-in reading tributes from so many people who knew her in different ways.  She clearly was such a vibrant, intelligent woman who had the courage to listen to her own drummer and mentor others to do the same.  What a gift!!  I wish you much peace and love as you navigate the road ahead..  Please know that we would love you to visit if a trip to Colorado is ever in your plans!!
Love,   Teri
Gretchen Waldrop
Gretchen Waldrop
My heart will always have a special place for all of you. This is a lovely tribute to your Mom, she was a wonderful, loving, smart, wise accomplished woman who brought up 3 wonderful children. May you find comfort in knowing there are many friends and family who share your grief with you, but also you can turn to when ever you need to.

All my love,
mary hughes
mary hughes
Hello Susan's Family,  We are with you in our hearts.  We miss Susan terribly but she spread such joy in knowing her!  She was always up for the adventure.  We finished the frozen lemonade she gave us on the day she died.  Ed and I feel conected in a deep way to her and to you all.  It seems fitting that the wrapped woman painting that she had of mine and gave me back is up now in an artshow, as a tribute to her.  I think of her often.  Ed says Susan was the most fun person to discuss theology and life with that he has ever know.  We miss her being and not living nextdoor.  Our sympathy and best to you all.  If you ever want to talk  we are there and would like to keep in touch.   Love,  Mary and Ed Hughes