Susan Kathleen Solida
Born April 15, 1947, in Oil City, Susan was the daughter of the late William Preston and M. Arlene Neely McCray.
Susan graduated from Oil City High School in 1965 and Clarion University in 1968.
Susan married the Rev. Ralph H. Solida on November 30, 1968, at Galloway United Methodist Church with her father officiating.
Susan herself worked in education in various capacities. She worked in many areas of learning from preschool education, to substitute teaching, to homebound teaching for those who were unable to attend school for short periods of time, until finally finding her true passion with GED teaching. However, another very important part of her “work” was that as a minister’s wife. Her husband served six churches during his more than forty years in the ministry and none of them was left untouched by a new program she helped start or one which she supported fully with new ideas.
She had many interests that she loved including being an avid reader, like her daughter Amy, flower gardener (every parsonage she lived in was left better than when she came) and canning and baking (especially the dozens of Christmas cookies at Christmas time she made and shared). She was a lifelong Steeler fan and enjoyed watching the games every week with her husband and Sara. She was also passionate about traveling with camping. She also had a great love of cats and had many special cats in her life.
She is survived by her husband of fifty years Ralph, daughter and son-in-law Amy and Loren McCarthy of Oil City and daughter Sara Solida, also of Oil City, sister-in-law Elizabeth Arlene Christoff, brother-in-law Phil Solida, sister-in-law Susan Solida, brother-in-law Lyle Heath, brother William (Bill) McCray and sister-in-law Carole McCray. Also surviving are several dear cousins and beloved nieces and nephews. There were a few people that throughout the course of Susan’s life and illness held a very special place in her heart, including her oldest and dearest friend, Cheryl Wolozyn, Abi and Idiah Ibraheem and children, who are from Nigeria and were adopted by the Solida family as their American family. Their children brought Susan great joy as “grandchildren” to spoil and love.
The family would like to extend many thanks to the wonderful and caring staff at Oil City Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center where Susan received the best care possible and was a favorite of many.
Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13 at the Morrison Funeral Home. Additional visitation will be on Saturday, September 14 at Grace United Methodist Church from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Funeral services will follow at the church at noon with the Rev. Byron K. Myers officiating.
Interment will be at the Franklin Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Susan’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Venango County Humane Society.
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