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Off Topic => Memorials => Topic started by: Bynw on May 23, 2009, 10:09:48 am

Title: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on May 23, 2009, 10:09:48 am

I am sad to announce that our dear friend and zipper sister, Susan Werner has passed away.
She died in her sleep due to complications of her asthma on Friday.

I have reposted the obituary  below.



Susan H. Werner, 42. Devoted daughter of the late Morton and Helene (Teichert). Loving niece of Cindy (the late Marvin) Werner. Cousin of Sonia Teichert, Krystyna Kapala, Steven (Bonnie) Werner, Elisa, and Laura Werner. Loving friend of Cherie Yost, Carol Cenar, and Karey Myers. Dedicated Special Ed teacher at Unity Jr. High School, Cicero. Memorial Visitation Tuesday 3 to 8, with 8 p.m. Memorial Service at Barr Funeral Home, 6222 N. Broadway, Chicago. Interment private. Donations to Amer. Cancer Society or Amer. Heart Assoc.



Rest in Peace Susie.

Love forever
Chris
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Shiral on May 23, 2009, 02:27:48 pm

I am sad to announce that our dear friend and zipper sister, Susan Werner has passed away.
She died in her sleep due to complications of her asthma on Friday.

I have reposted the obituary  below.



Susan H. Werner, 42. Devoted daughter of the late Morton and Helene (Teichert). Loving niece of Cindy (the late Marvin) Werner. Cousin of Sonia Teichert, Krystyna Kapala, Steven (Bonnie) Werner, Elisa, and Laura Werner. Loving friend of Cherie Yost, Carol Cenar, and Karey Myers. Dedicated Special Ed teacher at Unity Jr. High School, Cicero. Memorial Visitation Tuesday 3 to 8, with 8 p.m. Memorial Service at Barr Funeral Home, 6222 N. Broadway, Chicago. Interment private. Donations to Amer. Cancer Society or Amer. Heart Assoc.



Rest in Peace Susie.

Love forever
Chris

Well....I am  just stunned.   :(  :'( Susan, you will be sorely missed.  You already are.

I'm remembering us sitting in the pool at the Marriott Hotel in San Diego  at Westercon July 4th weekend 1998 where we avidly discussed the news concerning KKB that we'd heard from Katherine the night before, not yet knowing we'd come to be known as the Zipper Sisters in the fullness of time.

I remember the dinner we had at Westercon with Rob and Mary and your mother, and how we talked in the lobby for hours, being unwilling to part.  We talked about the website KK mentioned, never dreaming we'd eventually  be asked to put it together.
I remember you, me and Carolyn and Katherine having dinner together in San Francisco, and bumming  around San Francisco the day before in fall 1999.

I remember the way you shrieked my name when I surprised everyone by turning up at Darkover in 1999, all unexpectedly.

I remember your passion for "secret circles" within the already elite organization of the Camberian Council.  And your passion fo Stefan Coram. 

Love and farewell.  I hope you and Stefan Coram are having a great dinner together in the afterlife right now.

Melissa
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on May 23, 2009, 02:35:28 pm
Katherine will be in the chatroom on 5-24 to honor Susie's passing. Please attend if you can. Katherine is there generally by 6pm US Central time.

Thanks

Chris/Bynw
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on May 23, 2009, 03:11:52 pm
I must share this poem. It has always given me some comfort when a loved one has passed away.
So now I share it with Susie.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle Autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush.
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there;
I did not die.

Forever in my Heart
Love
Chris
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: derynifanatic64 on May 23, 2009, 06:22:30 pm
My regrets on the death of your friend.

Mark
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: natlog on May 23, 2009, 07:54:38 pm
My deepest sympathy to all of you who knew her and loved her.  I can only imagine your shock and loss -- I feel a little punched in the stomach and I only knew her through the web site, chat and forums.

I remember when I first found the usenet group and lurked for weeks on end.  I finally felt brave enough to post a theory of my own on the bride, and Susan's very enthusiastic response was one of the first to join in the supposition.  I felt like I'd made the big time to impress someone so obviously in the inner circle!

I'm sorry we never met -- I always felt there was a kindred soul in Chicago -- I hope she is enjoying her "relocation."

Ellen
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: john on May 23, 2009, 08:13:53 pm
This is such a shock.  I, too, only knew Susan online, but her spirit was contagious.  Rest in peace Susan may all who mourn remember your goodness and so find healing.

Pax,

John McLaughlin
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: VirtualBabe on May 23, 2009, 09:00:29 pm
 :'( Goodbye Susan.  I only met you the one time, but I knew you well via chats and the newsgroup.  The world was a much better place with you in it.   
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Mak on May 23, 2009, 10:04:16 pm
I, too, knew Susan mostly thru the newsgroup and chat, but I did have the opportunity to meet her in person in 2002.  She was a most warm and friendly person.

I will always remember her love of the "intrigue" within the inner circles of the Deryni.  She left me with a lot of input on some theories of my own.  Mistress of Complications, indeed!

Stefan Coram- as Melissa mentioned, Susan's passion for him was contagious.

I remember when we met- Arisia Con in Boston, 2002.  I had just attended a panel (I was commuting into Boston each morning for the Con) and there was a discussion about seeing people at cons and such, and recognizing them from their internet pictures.  As the panel broke up, I saw Susan and that was exactly how I recognized her!  I went up and introduced myself and she knew immediately who I was. 

Ah, yes, and dinner at- whatever that place was in Boston on Saturday night. That whole long table of Deryni folk, Susan included.

A sad day for those who knew her, in person or online.  She will be missed.  Rest in peace, Susan.
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: DesertRose on May 23, 2009, 11:36:07 pm
I must share this poem. It has always given me some comfort when a loved one has passed away.
So now I share it with Susie.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle Autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush.
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there;
I did not die.

Forever in my Heart
Love
Chris

I was trying to find a poem for Susan as well, although I only knew her online.  At the funeral of my 12th grade English teacher, a friend of the family declaimed a poem that celebrated the liveliness, kindness, intellect, and zest for life that characterized both my teacher and Susan.  Sadly, that was 14 years ago and I don't remember much of the poem, and try though I might (I've searched every internet quote and/or poetry site I can find), I cannot find the poem to post here.

Mistress of Complications, we will miss you.
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Samuel on May 24, 2009, 02:33:01 pm
This shocks and saddens me beyond words.
I wish I could have known her better.
I wish I could have told her more.
 Samuel.
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: KK on May 24, 2009, 05:14:44 pm
This is one of those times for which one cannot ever be prepared.  I was looking forward to more of Susan's own superb storytelling, as well as her reaction to my own--and the verbal sparring as she pressed me for details about the Camberian Council that haven't even yet percolated to the surface in <my> mind.  But she was good at making me think about the further ramifications of what I'd written, and her passion for the world of the Deryni was an ongoing inspiration.  I can't even tease her anymore about details of the Deryni universe that I know, but she doesn't.  Except that now she <does> know....  But it never should have been this way.

Sleep gently, dear friend.  Chori angelorum te suscipiat.  In paradisum deducant te angeli.... You will live on in our memories, as well as in the Eternal.

One last huggle,
Katherine
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: temprus on May 24, 2009, 05:41:30 pm
My words fail at such moments, so it is best to steal the words from others instead:

...Grieve not,
nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you...
'twas Heaven here with you.
                      -Isla Paschal Richardson

They that love beyond the world
Cannot be separated by it.
Death is but crossing the world,
As friends do the seas;
They live in one another still.
                       -William Penn
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: KK on May 24, 2009, 05:44:45 pm
This is another writing of someone else that, perhaps, speaks to this sad time.  I think Susan would approve.

Death is nothing at all:
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you;
Whatever we were to each other,
That we are still.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way you always used;
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed,
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was;
Let it be spoken without effort,
Without the ghost of a shadow in it.

Life means all that it ever meant;
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval,
Somewhere very near;
Just around the corner.
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting
When we meet again!

Canon Henry Scott-Holland,
1847-1918,
Canon of St Paul's Cathedral


Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: fygar on May 24, 2009, 05:49:24 pm
I only knew Susan online as well. It was fascinating to read her posts and follow her ideas about the deryni world. I am sorry I never met her in real.
Mistress of complications with a big heart and a sparkling mind, we will miss you very much.

Conny
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Lbarms on May 24, 2009, 06:27:50 pm
I met Susan once on my way through Chicago.  It was for a very brief time as we went to dinner with her friend but she was exactly as she was on line; Smiling and happy.  I will miss teasing her about my love for Morgan.  I just hope she is not taking advantage of the fact that she is there before me.  Good luck with Richenda, Susan.  You will be missed.  Laura
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: hygilac on May 24, 2009, 07:42:36 pm
We will miss you, Susan.  The world is a less cheerful and bright place without you.  You have touched and enriched so many lives that it is hard to estimate just how much you will be missed. 
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: the Bee on May 24, 2009, 07:48:18 pm
Susan, I'm sorry I'll never get to know you better.  Rest in peace.
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: TheDeryni on May 24, 2009, 08:22:15 pm
Remembered Joy

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free!
I follow the plan God laid for me.
I saw His face, I heard His call,
I took His hand and left it all...
I could not stay another day,
To love, to laugh, to work or play;
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
And if my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss...
Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.
My life's been full, I've savoured much:
Good times, good friends, a loved-one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—
Don't shorten yours with undue grief.
Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: JulianneTK on May 24, 2009, 09:06:37 pm
For those of you who knew Susan, I would respectfully suggest leaving a note in the online GuestBook. Here's the URL:
http://www.legacy.com/chicagotribune/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=127581232

   As soon as I can get my brain out of shock and into gear, I intend to do so. I can't even manage the sharing of good memories right now.  :( 

You can also send a card to the funeral home and they will make sure her family gets it.

The address is:
Barr Funeral Home
6222 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
Attn: Tim Harrington

*************
blessed be, Julianne
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: tenworld on May 25, 2009, 11:18:21 am
Good bye Susan

I only knew you by email never in person, but the that was apropos for a member of the secret inner circle.  But perhaps you are still working in that circle.

Rest in peace
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: RainbowDragon on May 25, 2009, 01:03:47 pm
My condolences may she rest in peace.

RainbowDragon
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on May 25, 2009, 01:14:14 pm
I think it was very nice of Father Michael Tesmacher and Rev. Maura Bernard of the Prince of Peace Independent Catholic Community in Long Island said a prayer for Susan at their evening Mass around 8:16 PM ET and had coordinated with us in the chat to have a moment of prayer and silence at the same moment (the timestamps in the chat are US central so minus an hour).

Many thanks of that joyous moment when we, her friends and various loved ones within the chat, bowed our heads and gave our own prayers to God for Susan touching our lives. And of course to the various chatters who offered up their own group prayers in chat.

Words cannot express the loss that I personally feel with Susie's untimely passing. She is greatly missed already.

I know for you, our time apart now will only last a twinkling of a eye. Then we will be together again and I will get to give you that hug in person. Something I will look forward to with great joy. Until then my dear Susie. God speed and I will carry on your memory with smile. You are forever in my heart.


Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Olympia on May 25, 2009, 02:04:15 pm
I was utterly stunned when I heard the news. Bynw and I had just been talking about Susan's efforts on behalf of a cancer charity run and then, two days later, she was gone.

She had so much thrown at her in life, especially the past two years, and she handled it with loving kindness, patience, and great bravery.

I will hold the memory of her in her deep blue gown with her tiara sparkling on her head. That part of her, like an eternal heroine in the face of sorrow, shines as brightly as any angel with wings. I sincerely hope that Susan is finally enjoying the rewards she has earned by never losing hope.

With great sorrow,

Nancy
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: jojo on May 25, 2009, 05:23:36 pm
So bright a talent; so short a life.
I did not know her outside of her role as a zipper sister, but her creativity and dedication came through clearly.
Now she is a star and inspiration for always, and missed by all of the fans of the Deryni universe.

I was praying for her and her family during the online last night; I was caring for my Mom who has the flu (not swine)
After reading the transcript, I feel closer to everyone in the group.
 :'(
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Elkhound on May 25, 2009, 07:40:53 pm
Wis. 3:1-5:

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster, and their going from us to be their destruction;but they are at peace.

For though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself.

Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Elkhound on May 25, 2009, 08:07:13 pm
The Very Rev. John Donne, 1572-1631; Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London:


DEATH be not proud, though some have called thee   
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so,   
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,   
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me.   
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,            
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,   
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,   
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.   
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,   
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,    
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,   
And better then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then;   
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,   
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.   
 
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Kelos_al-Hazar on May 25, 2009, 08:27:19 pm
Susan will always be missed, 'tis true. But let us, please, celebrate her life, and not mourn (overmuch) her death, for most who knew her know she would not want that.

This whole thing has me rocked. From November 2006 to the present, I've lost numerous friends (and on 7 May 2007, my Dad) and it's hard to find words adequate to the task.

My sincerest condolences to her family, and with permission and assistance, I may create a character that resembles Susan for one of my novels. It's hard to say at this moment, though. I don't typically use people (living or dead) as inspiration for my novels' characters. The not-yet-born? Perhaps that's an exception. Or is it? :P
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Elkhound on May 25, 2009, 08:31:30 pm
. I don't typically use people (living or dead) as inspiration for my novels' characters.

Of course you do.  You may mix-and-match traits from this or that person, but if your characters are real people, rather than marionettes that jiggle and sing on a cramped little stage, they have to be to a greater or lesser extent based on real people.
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on May 28, 2009, 07:40:48 pm

It was a great service for Susan on Tuesday. It was conducted by lay minister from a nearby Roman Catholic church. It was the same person that helped Susan out when her parents were very ill. I took an instant liking to her. She was named Susan as well.
 
During the service she asked if anyone wanted to come up and say anything at all. Share a memory or story and things like that. Both of Susan's "adoptive aunts" read off some revised Bible verses. They also read a statement from Susan's surviving aunt. Then her floor principle read off a bit of a tribute to her as well. One of Susan's cousins came up and said that most things have already been said so she just said a few words as well. Echoing statements that had alread been made. I had with me all the poems everyone submitted here on Rhemuthcastle.com and was flipping through them to find the one that was most appropriate. I got up and read off that poem Katherine left by Canon Henry Scott-Holland.
 
Her cousin met me half way walking back to my seat to give me a hug. She sensed how much Susan meant to me and we had a bit of a chat during the tail end of the service.
 
All in all the service was great. I cried a lot of course. Heck I'm getting kinda misty eyed even now as I write this up to tell everyone about it. Just wanted to let you all know how it went.

And since Susie was a Michaeline, when I got there I quietly called the Quarter Archangels to watch over the visitation and service.

I miss her very much, words cannot really describe how much I miss her. She will forever be a part of me.

Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: JulianneTK on May 29, 2009, 07:59:34 pm
Ah, Susan.  The memories of your presence in Boston a couple of years ago with both your parents as you and we explored the historic North End and ate in that tiny hole-in-the-wall Italian place with the great food lighten the grief of missing you. 

And seeing you at Arisia Con and the Deryni fan dinner in Boston the one year that Katherine was guest at that con is a memory that sparkles all on its own. I see you with your head tilted toward the person who was speaking, a smile on your face and your eyes sparkling with interest and intelligence.

Every year, DarkoverCon was brightened by your presence. Your lovely costumes made you look like a fairy tale princess and you were always comfortable wearing them. You even managed to talk me into wearing some of my costumes there, which I had previously saved for other conventions that were more intimate, where I knew more people. Your wit and will made things happen more easily. You took charge amongst the grasshoppers, herding them into  getting a move on when it was needed.  And it was needed. :)  You spoke your mind forthrightly, which was needed, too, sometimes. I admired that.

All those Deryni dinners over the years at Darkover and all the times at the Rampant Lion Pub cannot be overshadowed by missing you.

As many times as we stayed up really late at cons and talked school department---only to discover that education professionals, special ed teachers or library media teachers, are the same whether we're in MA or IL --- or gossiped Deryni and came up with amazingly involved plots and plotlines  or speculated about who was doing what to whom in the Deryni world and *why*, we still managed to talk about the serious topics, as well: family, relationship, religion.  It wasn't an easy couple of years for you these past few, but you were coming shining through them, stronger than you knew and a great inspiration.

I am so glad that you joined the Order of Saint Michael, even if you were only with us for a little while.  I hope that you've found the answers to the questions you asked, the ones that we tried to explore together.  I hope... No, I *know* that things are much better for you now, but your bright smile will be much missed here on this plane, my friend.

Farewell, for a while.

**************
blessed be, Julianne

Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: kirienne on May 30, 2009, 09:25:59 pm
Greetings to All,
A few days ago, I returned from MediaWest Con, to see the post of Susan's passing. I never met her other than in Chat, but my heart aches at the loss of another of our Deryni family. My brain tells me she is now free from Asthma, and grief over the loss of her own dear parents, but my heart is having a hard time grasping it. I know she is partying with Sedina and Wrengal and Marnin, and smiling down upon us all. I just read the chat log, which was very hard to read thru tears, and I love the idea of KK including her in a book.
I have not been to chat in a long time, due  to being busy and gone on many Sundays, but I will attempt to come more regularly so I can keep in touch with all of you, whom I have never met but nonetheless, consider friends.
Rest well in your gentle slumber Susan!
Hugggles to all
Kirienne
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Dennis on May 31, 2009, 10:02:50 am
I just found out about Susan's passing by reading the chat log from last week.  I'm very sorry to hear of her loss.  I met her once at Arisia in 2001, I think.  My normal shyness was exacerbated by just having moved, but she made a point of being friendly toward me at Katherine's reading.

May her soul and all the souls of the departed rest in peace eternal.
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: BalanceTheEnergies on June 03, 2009, 03:27:56 am
Just learned of Susan's passing tonight; haven't logged in for a while. For a change, I'm at a loss for words. My condolences to you all at this forum and to Susan's family. In Pace Requiescat
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Imladris on June 06, 2009, 03:09:52 am
I, too, have just read of Susan's passing - I don't get here as often as I would like, and have yet to make it to a Con at which KK has been present. Wearing the healer's green does that to you at times - but, I have followed the chats and the old news group for the book series that has been a part of my life since before the US Bicentennial!
I will miss her enthusiasm for the books that long ago became a part of me, and her welcome that I have seen her give to new posters.
My condolences also to her family, she was taken too early.

JAA
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on June 07, 2009, 12:05:00 pm

Thank you everyone for your kind words about Susie. Her loss on us all will be felt for sometime.

I am posting a copy (apologies for the blurry scan) of Susan's memorial card from the visitation and memorial service as well as a very large "card" that some of her students made for her as well.

(http://bynw.otherworlders.org/images/susie.JPG)

The text of the card (which is kinda blurry) reads:

In Loving Memory of
Susan H. Werner
Born December 3, 1966
Passed Away May 22, 2009

You are not forgotten, loved one.
Nor will you ever be.
As long as life and memory last
We will remember thee.
We miss you now.
Our hearts are sore.
As time goes by
We'll miss you more.
Your loving smile, you gentle face,
No one can fill your vacant place.


This is a picture of a "card" some of her students made for Susan's memorial. It is quit touching and even now still makes me cry when I read it.

(http://bynw.otherworlders.org/images/P1000963.JPG)
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on June 22, 2009, 12:02:37 pm

Dear Susie,

It's been a month since your passing when the Lord called you to be with Him and we are all still in shock. A day doesn't go by that I'm not secretly hoping that this was just all a bad dream and I'll have an email from you or we will be chatting again for hours on the phone with one another.

But I will thank you again here on this public forum for the years of friendship we shared and the few short months we shared at being even closer to one another. And thank you for those 2 lessons you taught me when I needed them.

I miss you, my dear unicorn. See you in that twinkling of your eye when we meet again at last.

Hugs,
Chris
<3
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: adagiomin on June 23, 2009, 04:27:18 pm
Have only just learned of Susan's passing--too young to have gone so soon.  My heart goes out to all who knew her.  May she rest in peace.

Diane
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Rhyselle on July 02, 2009, 09:11:16 am
I have had connection issues and haven't been able to log in here for several months and I come back to find out this sad news.

Susan, I only got to meet you once or twice at Darkover Grand Council, but I always enjoyed our chats back in the Usenet group.  I know you are reunited with your beloved family now, and that you will be waiting beyond the veil to welcome each of us as our time on this earth ends and we step into the eternities.

You will be sorely missed, but I am so glad that I got to know you even a little bit during your time on this earth.  Until the day we all rejoice together in the hereafter, I will think of you and how you blessed the lives of all who knew you, online and off.

Rest in peace.

Rhyselle
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on July 25, 2009, 11:31:25 am


Now that it's been 2 months I find the hurt still there. I recorded part of the memorial service in Chicago before my batteries in my camera died. I attempted to watch it today and was unable to do so. It just brought everything back. But for any of you who wish to see the beginning of the service. And I'm sorry I couldn't record all of it. I wanted to do so but didn't have the battery juice available.

I am posting a link here to the video. It is in .MOV format which means it will require QuickTime to play. Feel free to download the file.

http://files.getdropbox.com/u/10511/In%20Memory%20of%20SHW/P1000964.MOV

Rest in Peace my dear unicorn.

<3 Chris
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on May 22, 2011, 02:33:48 pm

I still deeply miss you Susie. I wrote on your Facebook wall today.
You will always be forever in my heart.

Love you
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: snuffybear on December 03, 2012, 08:45:37 pm
Thinking of Susan today-it is her birthday...she would have been 46.

Marion
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Shiral on December 07, 2012, 02:12:45 am
 I miss you, Susan.  Things have been far too uncomplicated lately. And nary a secret circle to be found.  But you must have an inside line with Camber, Evaine, Rhys, Joram and Queron, and of course, Stefan Coram, himself.

Marion AKA Snuffybear,as I recall, it was YOUR birthday on Monday, also--a bond you shared with Susan. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope your daughters haven't given you another singing trout wall placque!

Melissa
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: snuffybear on December 17, 2012, 08:03:46 pm
I miss you, Susan.  Things have been far too uncomplicated lately. And nary a secret circle to be found.  But you must have an inside line with Camber, Evaine, Rhys, Joram and Queron, and of course, Stefan Coram, himself.

Marion AKA Snuffybear,as I recall, it was YOUR birthday on Monday, also--a bond you shared with Susan. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope your daughters haven't given you another singing trout wall placque!

Melissa

Melissa-you've got a good memory! Yup, Susan and I shared a birthday, just 4 years apart. So I think of her every Dec 3. (as for the singing fish, fortunately I have just two.)

Marion
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on December 20, 2012, 02:47:13 pm

Thank you both (Shiral and Snuffybear) for posting on Susie's memorial.

It's been 3 years. I still think of her often. Her smile. I listen to the 1 recording I have of her, a voicemail she left me just a few days prior to her death. I miss her. Words really cannot express how much I miss her. How much she means to me then and now. And just how different my life has been because she was in it.

I love you Susie. I miss you Susie. See you in that twinkling of an eye when I reach the otherside someday.

Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on December 03, 2013, 06:34:18 pm
Today would be Susie's 47th birthday. My sweet Mistress of Complications you are still on my mind and in my thoughts and heart. Footprints there and I will never be the same. Sleep well.

Love always
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: tenworld on December 05, 2013, 10:13:25 am
thanks for the reminder.  she is missed
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Laurna on December 03, 2017, 12:05:31 pm
On this your birthday, Susan, I hope you are smiling down on us from above. You and I never meet, but I love all the writings you left behind. Through them, you are remembered by me.  Sleep well lady Unicorn636.
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: DesertRose on December 03, 2017, 12:13:14 pm
*raises a glass of Fianna's finest in memory of the Mistress of Complications*

Happy birthday in the Land Beyond, dear bright lady!
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: revanne on December 03, 2017, 02:26:31 pm
Sorry I never met you, my lady. Rest in peace.
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Bynw on December 03, 2017, 05:20:59 pm
I miss her greatly. Happy Birthday Susie.
Title: Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
Post by: Evie on December 03, 2017, 05:51:28 pm
Raising a glass in memory of a fellow fan never met, yet greatly missed.  Rest in peace.