Susan M. (Poulos) Black, Ph.D

HAMMONDSPORT, NY — Susan Black, 73, passed away peacefully Wednesday May 3, 2017 at General Hospital in Geneva, NY.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of her life/coffee hour, Sunday, May 21 from 1-3 PM at her home, 9738 Grove Springs Road, Hammondsport, NY.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Prattsburgh Central School Franklin Academy Scholarship Fund or The Finger Lakes Land Trust, 33 , Thrall Street, Naples, New York 14512.

Susan was born on September 28, 1943 in Stambaugh, MI the daughter of the late, Anthony and Ruth (Goodrich) Poulos. She graduated from Iron River High School in Iron River MI, Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees and Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI where she earned her, Ph.D. in Educational Labor Relations.

She was a public School Teacher and Central Office Administrator for the Marquette Public Schools in Marquette, MI. She was also a Staff Research Writer for the American School Board Journal and Adjunct Instructor in Graduate Educational Research for the University of Vermont, University of Maine and Elmira College.

Susan had a passion for writing and editing. She enjoyed being with people, preferably one or two at a time so conversations could develop meaning. Her greatest pleasures were walking wooded trails and traveling.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (John) Kivela of Marquette, MI; her son Jeffrey (Jeanne) Black of Naples, NY; grandchildren, Anthony and Adrian Black both of Rochester, NY, Shelby Kivela of Boston, MA and Andrew Kivela of Marquette, MI; several dear cousins in Iron River, MI.

Susan is preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Seestedt who passed away in 1996 and her longtime partner and companion, Rodney Hall of Penn Yan, NY, who passed away this year.