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Susan (Perkins) MederNovember 25, 2017
Susan Perkins Meder, 64, a resident of Westfield, NJ, passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017, in Ortley Beach, NJ.
A gathering of family and friends and celebration of Susan’s life will begin at 12 p.m., Noon, with remarks from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, December 1, at Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home at 582 Springfield Avenue in Westfield, NJ, 07090 www.higginsandbonner.com.
Susan was born in Philadelphia, PA, to Raymond and Nancy Peck Perkins. She met her husband of 33 years, Eric Meder, while she was working as a buyer for the retail chain Bamberger’s (now Macy’s).
Their sons, Eric (“Rick”) and Alex, were born in Westfield, where Eric grew up and Susan and Eric have lived for 32 years. Susan was devoted to her family, whom she loved more than anything, and never wasted a minute of her active and energetic life as a homemaker, volunteer, working professional, exercise enthusiast and world traveler. She loved summers with her boys at Ortley Beach, as well as the wonderful weekends she and Eric spent there with family and friends.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Raymond Perkins, and her brother-in-law, Bernie Ritchey. Survivors include her husband Eric and their two sons, Rick, and his partner, Ariel Risinger, of Jersey City, NJ, and Alex and his wife, Mary Kate, of Hoboken, NJ; sisters Nancy Ritchey of Manasquan, NJ, and Judy Perkins of Ocean City, NJ; brothers Paul Perkins and his wife, Lorraine, of Mount Holly, NJ, and Donald Perkins of Las Vegas, NV; sister-in-law Valerie and her husband, Richard Williams, of Richmond, TX, as well as a number of beloved nieces and nephews.
The Meder family would like to thank family, friends and all who have provided support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children’s Specialized Hospital, 150 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ, 07092 www.childrens-specialized.org or the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc., 673 Morris Avenue, Suite 100, Springfield, NJ, 07081 www.mhanj.org/donate or the charity of the donor’s choice