Sunday, February 5, 2012

On To The Next Adventure - Susan Oberlander McNeil

Godspeed, Susan!

Susan Oberlander McNeil
Susan Oberlander McNeil, cancer warrier, left this life for a new adventure February 1st, 2012.  She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, April 30, 1951, and went on to live a wonderfully fully and rewarding life.  She packed at least 85 years of living into her 60 years.  Susan was raised in the Leawood home her parents built in 1950, graduated from Shawnee Mission South and the University of Kansas.  She worked more than 40 years, mainly in the medical field.  It was easy for her to see the talents and gifts in her many diverse friendships.
Music filled her ears nearly every moment.  In November, 2001 she performed with a choir at Carnegie Hall.  Other thrills included swimming with dolphins, watching the sunset from Mt. Haleakalah, walking on a glacier, and traversing Venice's Grand Canal.  Susan's interests included theater, music, art, photography, handwork, travel, and gardening.  She volunteered for Hospice, the American Cancer Society and Bloch Cancer Hot Line.  Her sense of humor and perseverance helped her survive three unrelated cancers in her lifetime.  She was a proud member of the DAR and got a kick out of being related to the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, George Washington, Meriweather Lewis, William Holden, Stephen Crane, and FDR.
Her greatest accomplishment was her marriage to John, the love of her life and her knight in shining armor. Susan was predeceased by her parents Robert G. and Virginia J. Oberlander and her grandparents Howard and Lola Krimminger.  She unwillingly leaves her husband John A. McNeil, MD, their beloved dog Teddy, an array of family members, many friends, some of them lifelong, and her devoted in-laws.
 Visitation will be held from 10:30-11:00 a.m. followed by funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 6, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO.  Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery South. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64145.  Condolences may be offered at www. mtmoriah-freeman.com.


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