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E. Suzanne McKenna

Broomall, Pennsylvania

September 27, 1932 - June 6, 2024

E. Suzanne McKenna Obituary

MCKENNA Ellen Suzanne (nee Riordan) “Sue,” of Newtown Square, PA, and Henderson Harbor, NY passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 6, 2024, at Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Pennsylvania. She was 91.


Sue was born September 27, 1932, in Philadelphia, PA the youngest of three children to Ellen and John Riordan. Sue graduated from Immaculata College with a BA in English in 1954 where she excelled academically, but, more importantly, formed many lifelong friendships. After graduating, Sue taught for a year at the Waldron Academy for boys where her warmth, good humor and red hair charmed her 6th grade students. During that same year, Sue met the love of her life, Joe McKenna, while accompanying her parents at the Annual Meeting of the Federation of Sewage and Industrial Wastes Associations in Cincinnati – a fortuitous meeting at a decidedly unromantic venue. Joe and Sue were married in November 1956 and enjoyed 27 wonderful years together before Joe passed away in 1983.


Losing Joe was incredibly hard for Sue, but she responded in the following years with characteristic grace, grit and determination - taking care of her father and sister, continuing to care for her children, and managing and selling Riordan Materials Corporation, the family business started by Sue’s father that Joe ran for 18 years after Sue’s brother died. Later, she and her sister-in-law, Theresa Riordan, renovated and maintained the family summer house in Henderson Harbor NY, where the Riordan and McKenna families continue to gather after more than 75 years.


Throughout her life, Sue did everything she could to make the world a more beautiful and loving place for her family and friends. She tirelessly supported her children, grandchildren and extended family through thick and thin, traveling the country to be with them to celebrate holidays, birthdays and graduations; help them organize and beautify their homes; take care of them when they were sick, and support them through difficult times. She was extremely thoughtful and caring – always considering what would be nice for other people – sending cards and flowers, preparing their favorite foods (spaghetti and meatballs!) and drinks (Tom Collins, anyone?), and buying thoughtful gifts. She set very high standards which she tried – and mostly succeeded - in passing down to her family.


Sue remained curious about the world and open to new people and ideas until the end. While she had strong opinions about a lot of things, such as, flowers, food, fashion, and politics, she never gave up her willingness to at least consider other points of view or adapt to changing circumstances. She taught us by example that love should be the guiding star.


After selling her home in Broomall in 2015, Sue had the good fortune to move to the Brynchester Apartments in Newtown Square where, at the age of 83, she found a new and welcoming community. Sue was energized by the move and spent many happy hours with her Brynchester friends celebrating birthdays and holidays, planting and arranging flowers, organizing social events and outings and generally being there for each other.


Sue is survived by her three children: Michelle McKenna Reichert of Los Altos, California, Michael Nathanial McKenna of Denver, Colorado, Matthew Joseph McKenna of Cornelius,


North Carolina; eight grandchildren: Alex, Melanie and Dayna Reichert, Joe, Sean and Callie McKenna, and Jack and Kylie McKenna; and her son-and-daughters-in-law: William M. Reichert, Julie Cella McKenna and Tracey McGowan McKenna; her brother-in-law, Matthew J. McKenna, and many nieces and nephews. Sue is predeceased by her husband of 27 years, Joseph N. McKenna, her sister, Mary Elizabeth Riordan and brother, John M. “Bud” Riordan; and her sisters and brothers-in-law: Theresa Riordan, Patricia McKenna, Jane Ranieri, Arthur Ranieri, Alice Fahringer, Richard Fahringer and Warren Coppinger. We invite you to join Sue’s family in the celebration of her long & happy life. Relatives and friends are invited to Sue’s Visitation Tuesday morning, June 18th, 2024,9:30 - 10:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be held St. John Neumann Parish, 380 Highland Ln, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Private Inurnment.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of E. Suzanne McKenna hosted by Danjolell Memorial Homes and Crematory.

MCKENNA Ellen Suzanne (nee Riordan) “Sue,” of Newtown Square, PA, and Henderson Harbor, NY passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 6, 2024, at Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Pennsylvania. She was 91.


Sue was born September 27, 1932, in Philadelphia, PA the youngest of three children to Ellen and John Riordan. Sue graduated from Immaculata College with a BA in English in 1954 where she excelled academically, but, more importantly, formed many lifelong friendships. After graduating, Sue taught for a year at the Waldron Academy for boys where her warmth, good humor and red hair charmed her 6th grade students. During that same year, Sue met the love of her life, Joe McKenna, while accompanying her parents at the Annual Meeting of the Federation of Sewage and Industrial Wastes Associations in Cincinnati – a fortuitous meeting at a decidedly unromantic venue. Joe and Sue were married in November 1956 and enjoyed 27 wonderful years together before Joe passed away in 1983.


Losing Joe was incredibly hard for Sue, but she responded in the following years with characteristic grace, grit and determination - taking care of her father and sister, continuing to care for her children, and managing and selling Riordan Materials Corporation, the family business started by Sue’s father that Joe ran for 18 years after Sue’s brother died. Later, she and her sister-in-law, Theresa Riordan, renovated and maintained the family summer house in Henderson Harbor NY, where the Riordan and McKenna families continue to gather after more than 75 years.


Throughout her life, Sue did everything she could to make the world a more beautiful and loving place for her family and friends. She tirelessly supported her children, grandchildren and extended family through thick and thin, traveling the country to be with them to celebrate holidays, birthdays and graduations; help them organize and beautify their homes; take care of them when they were sick, and support them through difficult times. She was extremely thoughtful and caring – always considering what would be nice for other people – sending cards and flowers, preparing their favorite foods (spaghetti and meatballs!) and drinks (Tom Collins, anyone?), and buying thoughtful gifts. She set very high standards which she tried – and mostly succeeded - in passing down to her family.


Sue remained curious about the world and open to new people and ideas until the end. While she had strong opinions about a lot of things, such as, flowers, food, fashion, and politics, she never gave up her willingness to at least consider other points of view or adapt to changing circumstances. She taught us by example that love should be the guiding star.


After selling her home in Broomall in 2015, Sue had the good fortune to move to the Brynchester Apartments in Newtown Square where, at the age of 83, she found a new and welcoming community. Sue was energized by the move and spent many happy hours with her Brynchester friends celebrating birthdays and holidays, planting and arranging flowers, organizing social events and outings and generally being there for each other.


Sue is survived by her three children: Michelle McKenna Reichert of Los Altos, California, Michael Nathanial McKenna of Denver, Colorado, Matthew Joseph McKenna of Cornelius,


North Carolina; eight grandchildren: Alex, Melanie and Dayna Reichert, Joe, Sean and Callie McKenna, and Jack and Kylie McKenna; and her son-and-daughters-in-law: William M. Reichert, Julie Cella McKenna and Tracey McGowan McKenna; her brother-in-law, Matthew J. McKenna, and many nieces and nephews. Sue is predeceased by her husband of 27 years, Joseph N. McKenna, her sister, Mary Elizabeth Riordan and brother, John M. “Bud” Riordan; and her sisters and brothers-in-law: Theresa Riordan, Patricia McKenna, Jane Ranieri, Arthur Ranieri, Alice Fahringer, Richard Fahringer and Warren Coppinger. We invite you to join Sue’s family in the celebration of her long & happy life. Relatives and friends are invited to Sue’s Visitation Tuesday morning, June 18th, 2024,9:30 - 10:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be held St. John Neumann Parish, 380 Highland Ln, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Private Inurnment.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of E. Suzanne McKenna hosted by Danjolell Memorial Homes and Crematory.

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