Susanna Cannon MacInnis November 16, 1930 - November 15, 2021
Susanna Cannon MacInnis entered into eternal glory on November 15, 2021. She suffered a stroke in May and declined thereafter. A longtime resident of South Whitehall and Allentown, she was born in Dunnellon, FL on Nov. 16, 1930. She was the daughter of Richard F. and Cleophine (nee Decker) Cannon. Susanna was the wife of the late Clinton “Mac” MacInnis. Susanna was a graduate of South Whitehall High School class of ‘47 and studied art under the guidance of W.W. Swallow. In her youth she studied music, voice, dance, piano and drama with hopes of a career in opera. She was a regional contestant in the Miss America Pageant and performed with the Walter Marsh Dance Company. Susanna sang and performed with the New York City Opera Company and Munopco in the early years, she specialized in character roles. Her starring role was as the Witch in “Hansel and Gretel” a role she reprised several times. She was part of a trio which performed at local social clubs. She was also a member of the choir at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Allentown of which she was a lifelong member and served as a Deacon. Between singing engagements, she worked as a draftsman for Boleyn, Gross and Moyer, NY. Married in 1954, Susanna began a family while still pursuing her interest in music with composer Ludwig Lenel and the Muhlenberg College Opera Workshop. She also continued her interest in art and painting as a member and past president of the Parkland Art League. Susanna and her husband “Mac” were avid sailors and were members of the Tom’s River Yacht Club, NJ. After Mac’s retirement they spent several years cruising the Atlantic coast on their sailing sloop “Therapy.” After Mac’s death in 1986 Susanna followed an interest in mineralogy, taking classes at Penn State. She was a member and past president of the PA Earth Sciences Assoc, historian and rules chair of the EFMLS/AFMS and an avid collector. She traveled internationally in her collecting, showed sections her collection often and received several awards for her showcases. Susanna, proud of her Scottish ancestry was a Scottish Country Dancer for over two decades and danced at many a Ceilidh, here and in Scotland. Susanna at one time had a Real estate license and was also an English language tutor for LCCC. Susanna is survived by her daughter Susanjoy Checksfield, her cat Baxter and several young cousins whom she adored. She is predeceased by her brother Richard Cannon, her son Michel “Mike” MacInnis and her daughter Debra Demko. Arrangements by Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown, private interment, a Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at a later date. Donations in Susanna’s memory can be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Animals in Distress, Coopersburg or Peaceable Kingdom, Allentown.
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