Ms. Susan Woodworth

Ms. Susan Woodworth


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Susan Woodworth, who died on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Susan was the wife of Rev. Robert Kersten, who retired from the New York Conference in 2015.

Susan was born in Montreal, Canada. She graduated in 1978 with a BA in English from Middlebury College. Throughout her life she was engaged in ministry through a wide variety of meaningful work: Henderson Settlement, Frakes, KY; United Ministry's Play School in Delhi, NY; director of Delaware Opportunities' Big Buddy Program; campus minister at Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta; activities director at Countryside Care Center, Delhi; children's program facilitator at the Daniel Pierce Library in Grahamsville, and then as a licensed local pastor in the New York Conference, serving the Andes, Hurleyville and Woodridge UMCs. She retired in December 2015 from Silver Bay YMCA, where she served as host of Brookside/Trinity Pastoral Respite Ministry. When Susan was diagnosed with cancer three months after retiring, she vowed to continue living fully and intentionally. She asks that you honor and remember her best by living your life fully and intentionally with kindness and compassion.

Susan is survived by her husband, Bob Kersten; her children and their families, Gideon, Liz and Wyatt Frisbee, and Chelsea Frisbee and Silas Branson; and Bob's son and his family, Kris, Kate and Sadie Kersten. Sue is also survived by her parents Don and Earla Woodworth; her brother and his family, Greg, Carolyn, Sara and Hilary Woodworth; her brother Gordon Woodworth; her former husband and father of her children, Ron Frisbee and his family; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She is described in her obituary in the following way, “Sue was one easily fascinated by life. She loved a good snowstorm, buying and planting her spring flowers, and her fall mums; writing and receiving mail and thank you notes; making and sharing good soups, muffins and homemade gifts, campfires, snowshoeing, swimming and inner-tube floating in her pond, traveling on new roads, long walks and talks with Bob. She spoke to every dog she met. She loved learning from old people and babies, and everyone in between. Living at ‘Goose Landing’ on Burr Pond was her happiest place ever.”

Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 16th from 5 pm to7 pm at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, NY 12788. A memorial service to celebrate Susan’s life will be held at the United Ministry of Delhi, on the Courthouse Square, in Delhi, NY on Saturday, September 17th at 11 am. Rev. Dr. Mark Chatterton and Rev. Duane Buddle will officiate. The family will greet attendees prior to the service in the Harder Room from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. All are invited to a reception following the service in McIntosh Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sue's name may be made to Henderson Settlement, PO Box 205, 16773 Highway 190, Frakes KY 40940 or at; The Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington VT 05401 or at; or The United Ministry of Delhi, PO Box 111, Delhi, NY 13753.

Messages and cards may be sent to Bob and his family at PO Box 233, Pittsford, VT 05763.