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Susan Koehn

November 29, 2022

Susan Koehn 88 died November 29, 2022 at Comfort Care Home in Newton.  She was born March 14, 1934 in Newton, Kansas to Albert A and Susanna “Jane” (Krehbiel) Goering. On October 21, 1952 she married Charles E Koehn Sr. in Newton and he preceded her in death on October 22, 2004.

Susan was a longtime active member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Newton. She served as the treasurer and on the governing board.


Susan had a lifetime of involvement in the Newton Community. A few of her posts include being a member of the board of directors for the Charles Olsen Memorial Music Scholarship, a member of the Kauffman Museums board, a member of the Bethel College Association board and a past president of the Junior Reading Circle.

In 2014 she was named a Newton/North Newton woman of the year.

A graduate and class valedictorian of Newton High School in 1952 Susan was honored in 2019 to receive the Newton High School Distinguished Alumni Award.

She was an animal lover and shared her beloved dog Shorty with the community as a therapy dog that she trained herself.

When most people would be slowing down in life, Susan put her energy and passion into the Carriage Factory Art Gallery. The gallery was suffering and considering closing their doors. She refused to give up on the organization that now is thriving in downtown Newton. She served as the president for 10 years well into her 80’s.

Susan is survived by her sons Charles E. Koehn Jr.; Matthew (Amy) Koehn; daughter Karen (Scott) Barnhart; brother in law Clay Hedrick and 5 grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Nancy Hedrick

A memorial service will be held on December 15th at 10am at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Newton with The Reverend Richard Osborn, Celebrant. Private family interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery Newton.

Memorials may be made to Comfort Care Home or Carriage Factory Gallery and left with Petersen Funeral Home

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2 thoughts on “Susan Koehn

  1. I have missed seeing Susan at Carriage Factory Art Gallery. I learned a great deal from her and I’m very happy we had the opportunity to get to know each other. May she rest in peace.

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