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Susan Pfendler McCormick
August 23, 1949 ~ October 7, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Susan Pfendler McCormick, 74, died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. On August 23, 1949.
She was preceded in death by her love and best friend, Thadddeus Charles McCormick III (Thad ) in 2014, her parents Francis and Marion Pfendler, great niece Julie Ann Gregory, and brother-in-law, John Grohol.
She is survived by her brother George Pfendler (Laura) of Spring, Texas; sister, Audrey Grohol of Altoona, Pa; and Patricia Graham, cousin/sister of heart. Niece, Angela Grohol; nephew Mark Grohol (Valerie); Lisa Pfendler and Leanne Pfendler; and great nephew Joel Gregory (Lauren); and great niece Meghan Montemayor.
She is also survived by her stepdaughter Melanie McCormick Kaufman and her husband Garry Kaufman of Tiki Island, Texas; stepson Thadddeus Charles McCormick IV and his wife Allison Rasmussen McCormick of Austin, Texas.
She is Nana to the most cherished grandchildren, Taylor Miller (Max), Carson, Rylan, and Kennedy Kaufman; Max, Curtis, Jane and Trey McCormick and great granddaughter Marlowe Miller.
She is also survived by her mother in law, Geraldine Fogel McCormick of Buda, Texas; brother in law and sister in law, John and Cindy McCormick of Buda, Texas; and sister in law and brother in law, Debbie and Garry Vacek of Austin, Texas.
Her constant companion and joyous fur baby SHADOW, who will now enjoy his wonderful new life in Key West with Mark and Valerie.
Susan moved to Galveston after graduating from Oil City High in Oil City, Pa. In 1967. She worked at UTMB, Western Geophysical, and Jahn-Galveston Insurance Agency, now known as GIA for 28 yrs.
In her early 20s-30s, she was all about water sports and marine life. NAUI certified scuba diver and water skiing. ( She loved to ice skate at an early age, and snow ski, skiing mainly in New Mexico and Colorado).
She married Thad in 1989, and they soon bought a ranch in Kendalia, Tx. After retirement in 2006, they permanently moved there. They were both hands-on, working goats and cattle while making life long friends in the hill country.
Susan moved back to Galveston in 2015, in search of the perfect forever home and to be closer to family and Galveston friends.
She lived a very full, hard working and happy life. She loved to travel! Traveling Europe, China, Africa, Alaska, Norway, Sweden, Africa, and lastly, with her sister to Hawaii.
Her quote: “Keep on dancing” even in a chair!
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Galveston Island Humane Society (6814 Broadway St., Galveston, Tx 77554) or a charity of your choice can be made in Susan’s name.
A Memorial Service will be held at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 11:00 A.M., with Reverend Alicia Besser officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10:00 A.M.