Susan Korsten of Hastings passed away on Wednesday, April 15, as result of Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, and a recent hip fracture.
Susan grew up on the Upper East Side, attended the Fieldston School and the University of Pennsylvania, and moved to Hastings in 1977. She worked as a teacher in Manhattan, first at Dalton and later at Calhoun.
Susan’s heart bled for the underdog, and she had a knack for befriending the lonely or sick and bringing them happiness. She couldn’t drive up the hill from the Hastings train station without picking up a stranger trudging home from work and driving them to their door. Every workman had to be fed a home-cooked meal. Even the local shoemaker received a wreath and treats from her on Christmas. Until the Alzheimer’s progressed, she never missed an opportunity to organize meals for the elderly at her synagogue.
Susan loved to throw back her head with her loud choo-choo-train staccato laugh and thought her serious doctor husband was the consummate comedian. She danced, played piano, sang, cooked, and loved her way through life. She lived as rich, honest, and pure a life as possible from her earliest days until her death.
She is survived by her loving husband, Mark, and her two adult children, Eric and Caroline.