Susan Kay Vantine Blackburn died June 6, 2019
in Transitions Life Care
Hospice in Raleigh, N.C. She was born
in Natrona Heights, PA on May
12, 1945 to John E. and Margie Kier Vantine. At the time of her birth,
Susan’s father was serving in the U. S. Army in Europe and he did not
get to meet his new daughter until he arrived home from the service
when she was several months old.
Susan graduated in 1963 from Har-Brack High School and in 1967 from
Clarion State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education.
She taught in New Jersey, in Virginia and in Texas before moving back
to Natrona Heights and being hired by Highlands School District where
she taught Middle School English for fifteen years and served for many
summers as the Librarian at the High School.
Susan never got to travel as much as she would have liked in her life,
but she traveled through books, as she was an avid reader. One of her
favorite books was Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”. She gifted
that book to her many nieces, nephews, and children of friends.
Susan’s joys in life were her family and friends and the time she got to
spend with all of them. She is survived by her daughters Kristine
Pareira and her grandson, Sidney Pareira of Cary, N.C., Carol
Blackburn-Wagner (Rich) and grandchildren Alyssa Blackburn, Aaron
Wagner, Anthony Wagner, and Arianna Wagner, all of Pittsburgh, her
sister Beverly Bogan (Rob), of Natrona Heights, and her brother John
Vantine (Raphael), of Drexel Hill, PA, niece Catherine Gonzalez
(Eddie), and great niece Camila, nephew John Nicholas Vantine
(Lauren) and great niece Makena, all of California, and niece Mary
Vantine of Philadelphia, nephew Matthew Vantine of Drexel Hill, PA,
brother in law Milt Fraser of Natrona Heights, and niece Lindsay Fraser
of Brackenridge, nephews, Andrew Fraser, of Pittsburgh and Alex Fraser, of Natrona Heights.
Before moving to Raleigh, Susan was an active member of the local Chapter of
PASR's, was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Tarentum,
and she enjoyed her monthly breakfasts with fellow retired teachers.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margie Vantine,
and her younger sister, Carol Vantine Fraser
A Memorial Service for Susan will be on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:00 am in the First United Presbyterian Church of Tarentum, 913 Lock Street, Tarentum, with a luncheon immediately following in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Susan's memory to her church and their Building Fund. First United Presbyterian Church. P.O. Box 2, 913 Lock Street, Tarentum, Pa. 15084.
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