IN MEMORIAM: Susan Thayer Wilmerding

by Jane Ahrens

Susan Thayer Wilmerding of Bryn Mawr, PA died on April 11, 2018 at the age of 78 from complications arising from a stroke. She is survived by David R. Wilmerding, Jr., her loving husband of nearly 60 years and their four children, Amy Manny, David, Charlie and Chris, as well as 12 adoring grandchildren.

Susie was born in Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 11, 1939 to Mary Steel and George Chapman Thayer and is survived by four siblings, Eustis Zane, Elizabeth Dilworth, Carol Jaques and James Thayer. She was predeceased by her brother, George Thayer.

Susie graduated from The Agnes Irwin School and went on to earn a BA from Villanova and an MA from Hahnemann University. She spent her entire career as a pediatric physical therapist. At the time of her death, she was on the board of HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy and The Dunbar Center. She had previously served on the board of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia and had been a member of the vestry at St. Christopher’s Church in Gladwyne.

A celebration of her life will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 763 South Valley Forge Rd., Wayne, PA 19087 on Saturday, April 21st at 11 o’clock. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the HMS (4400 Baltimore Ave., Phila., PA 19104) and The Dunbar Center (12100 SE Lantana Ave., Hobe Sound, FL 33455).

Published on on April 13, 2018

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