In Memory

Sue Karg (Champion) - Class Of 1961

Obituary from Funeral Home


Susan Lynne Champion of Montgomery, NY, a retired Physical Education teacher for the Newburgh School District, and a resident of the area died Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Middletown. She was 67.

The daughter of the late Arthur Karg and June Karg Kertis, she was born April 19, 1943 in Rocky River, Ohio.

She and her husband shared an overwhelming love of life and the outdoors, and together spent their days camping, hiking, biking, fishing, geocaching and birding throughout the Northeast and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Survivors include her husband Dick; daughter Jenn Goebel and husband Matt of Franklin, MA; grandchildren Emmett and Olivia; mother June Kertis and sister Kaye Kathe of Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial gathering will be on Monday March 21, 2011 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Overhiser Funeral Home, 78 Union St. Montgomery, NY. Family and friends will be sharing memories of Sue at 7:00 PM.

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03/21/11 06:12 PM #1    

Merilynn Nunn (Hyland) (1961)

Oh, Sue!  I miss you!  We were sorority sisters too.  We were making plans to visit in June when Steve and I go to Corning, NY for his high school reunion.  It was going to be so nice.  I miss you.

03/27/11 03:08 PM #2    

Don Kuehn (1961)

We went all the way through River schools together, starting at Beach.  Kargo; she was one of the fastest runners on the playground.  What a sense of humor.  One of a kind. 

03/28/11 08:14 AM #3    

Sharon O'Grady (Pfaff) (1961)

Sue visited River this past January. She came into town to visit her mother and sister and when the gals on the committee heard she would be here it was reason to go to dinner.  We met at the Pub in River and laughed and shared stories of our school days.  We passed around photos of grandchildren.  She seemed happy with her life and retirement and enjoyed her travels. She also talked about the great times she had at River.  As we stepped outside after dinner she took one more look around and said it felt good to be back. We all hugged and she left with a big smile on her face.  We miss you, Sue!

03/29/11 09:53 AM #4    

Lee Carrier (1961)

Sue will be missed by us all. I was able to see her once since high school back in the early 90's when she was attending a trade show in Chicago.  I met here husband Dick also.  We had a wonderful time reminising about Beach School,and our racing each other on the play ground. Oh what a wonderful person.....RIP

03/29/11 07:07 PM #5    

Fredric R. (Rick) Boswell (1961)


Sue was my girlfriend in fifth grade. Like most “romantic” relationships involving 10 year olds, this one didn’t last beyond the school year; even so, I have some indelible memories from that time. I remember playing Spin the Bottle at a party at Sue’s house; I don’t recall the details so I suspect that we didn’t know what we were doing, but a wonderful memory nevertheless. Another memory is of taking flowers to Sue on her birthday. In an email exchange with my sister a few weeks ago Sue recounted this in great detail, saying that she was so excited at the time she could hardly speak. Me too. I was touched that she remembered this after almost 60 years. I will think of Sue often.
"Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace. You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death's house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is."
— Oscar Wilde


01/10/14 06:38 AM #6    

Sharon O'Grady (Pfaff) (1961)

It will be three years on January 17th I believe that some of us saw Sue. She stopped River to see her mother and several of us had dinner. We laughed, shared photos and enjoyed a wonderful evening. The last memory we have is of her standing in front of where the old Beachcliff Theater was and she turned, waved and said "It is so good to be home again!".... She passed away about three months later.

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