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Feb 11, 2020
Susan Githmark Rich, 75, of Pawleys Island, SC passed away peacefully on February 6, 2020 (the day of her late husband’s birthday) after a courageous battle with stomach cancer. She continued smiling through her last days and was surrounded by family and friends.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on March 7, 2020 at 11:30 AM at The Journey Community Church, Bell Hill Campus; 25 Belmont St. Worcester, MA 01605.
Sue, Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma was adored by her entire family. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Harold (Hal) Rich, for 56 years until his passing last March. She is survived by her four children: Doug Rich and Kim Staudt of Pawley’s Island, SC and their children Ryan, Megan and Mike Hu and their son Theo, Michael, Kyle Staudt and Megan Staudt; Jim and Laura Rich of Garden City, NY and their children McLaine, Madison, Marlee and Maya; Nancy and Bruce Ostrowski of Sutton, MA and their children Julie, Anna, Matthew, Andrew, Abby, Noah and Philip; and, Timothy Rich of Seattle, WA.
Sue was born in 1944 to Clifford and Eleanor Githmark, of Floral Park, NY, and is survived by her brothers: Cliff and his wife Jan, Bob and his wife Berni, Bill and his wife Dina, Paul and his wife Patti, and Chris and his wife Amy; and sisters: Karyn and her husband Bruce, and Janet and her husband John; who thankfully were all able to see her before she passed.
Sue grew up in Floral Park, NY and graduated from Sewanhaka High School where she met her husband Hal. They lived in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina during their 56 years of marriage. Sue will be remembered as a kind, Godly woman who spent the majority of her free time mentoring women in various settings. In every community she lived, she was a faithful volunteer at church and was a gifted leader of women’s groups.
She lived life to the fullest and was known for her thoughtful, encouraging words and many acts of kindness. Sue was a remarkable partner to her precious husband and, for the last several years, his patient, loving caregiver. To Hal, and all her family and friends, she modeled true love and selflessness. Her joyful and peaceful presence will be greatly missed here on earth but we know she has been gladly welcomed by Hal and others into eternal life!
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Christian Mission Outreach, 900 62 Ave. N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29572, Attn: Jim McManus. Sue and Hal were involved in this organization’s valuable mission during the last years of their lives.