Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 1:24 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Susan Creasey Gertler


Susan Creasey Gertler

July 11, 1936 Aug. 29, 2012

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Susan Creasey Gertler was raised in Princeton, N.J. where she attended the Princeton Day School through high school. In 1958, she graduated from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania with a degree in mechanical engineering. After marrying and while raising four children, she worked for RCA and Grumman Aircraft. It was at Grumman in the late 1950s and early 1960s that she started programming computers. At that time, there were very few programmers at all, and practically none of them were women. It was with RCA that she first traveled to Alaska.

She moved permanently to Anchorage in January 1981, where she worked selling real estate and programming computers for the Municipality of Anchorage and as a private contractor. In addition, she taught business and computing classes at UAA, including in their prison programs. Students and faculty will recall her positive attitude, delightful smile, terrific sense of humor and horrible puns.

In 1992, she fulfilled a dream to build and retire to a geodesic dome home 16 miles out East End Road in Homer. She was very proud that it had no mortgage and no leaks. The Homer Senior Center is still benefiting from her savvy forethought and policy recommendations during her tenure on their board of directors. Each morning she woke up her brain with the Cryptoquote, Sudoku and maybe a crossword puzzle. Additionally, she engineered beautifully complex pieced quilts, many of which she hand quilted.

In October 2004, she moved to Kerrville, Texas, where she lived until a short illness, punctuated by heart failure, ended her 76-year life.

Her parents and one sister precede her in death. She is survived by her sister, Carol; former husband, Gene; daughter, Brie; sons, Jerry, David, and Nat and their respective spouses; five grandchildren, and many very close friends.

If you would like to write a reminiscence about your time with Sue, please send it to Nat Gertler, 1569 Edgemont Dr., Camarillo, CA 93010, or email nat@gertler.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.