Susan Litzinger

Dec. 29, 1952 - Nov. 5, 2018


Susan Litzinger, 65, Altoona, passed away Mon­day at her residence.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of Morgan and Joan (Fogel) Litzinger.

Surviving are her mother of Altoona; a daughter, Sara Litzinger and fiance, Ryan Harr, of Columbus, Ohio; two grandchildren: Ember Harr and Piper Harr; a soon to be born grandson; a brother, Thomas (Mary Ellen) Litzinger of State College; three sisters: Cheryl Cherry of Altoona, Jane (Peter) Carey of Ashville and Donna (Jon) Cole of West Jefferson, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Carole Litzinger; her special aunt, Nancy Fogel; numerous nieces and nephews; and her special friends: Bob and Ramona Young.

She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, David Litzinger; and an infant sister, Mary Litzinger.

Susan was a 1971 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area High School, where she was the salutatorian, and she was a 1975 graduate of Lycoming College, graduating first in her class with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. For 10 years, she worked for Penn State University, at both the Altoona and University Park campuses. She had previously worked at the Altoona Hospital Crisis Center.

She loved poetry, reading, writing and playing the guitar. She had a lifelong love of learning.

Susan was a survivor of mental illness. Though it was a part of her life for many years, she refused to let it define her. From her struggles, she developed courage, strength, resilience, faith and purpose. She was not only a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and niece, but a driven, hard-working and accomplished individual, as well.

Her life was full of meaning from beginning to end, providing hope and inspiration to all, especially those facing similar obstacles.

Susan’s story has always been the epitome of these three tenets: Never give up, always look for the light at the end of the tunnel and take things one day at a time.

Friends will be received from 4 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona. A funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Stevens Memorial Chapel, Monsignor Michael Becker officiating.

The family requests that memorial contributions in Susan’s memory be made to Out of the Darkness, Suicide Prevention, 700 Park Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, or to UPMC Art Therapy Program, 20 Sheraton Drive, Altoona, PA 16601.