PENNSYLVANIA'S #1 WEEKLY NEWSPAPER • locally owned since 1854

Philip R. Susemihl


Philip Rhodes Susemihl, 71, of Hummelstown, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, at his home with family by his side.

Born in Elkins Park on July 5, 1948, he was the son of the late Harry and Rosalie Rhodes Susemihl.

Phil retired from Ford Motor Credit after over 20 years as an adjuster, and also retired from Nationwide Insurance as an insurance adjuster. He was a 1966 graduate of the Cheltenham High School, and a 1971 graduate of the former Lambuth University, Jackson, Tennessee. Phil served with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard during the Vietnam War era. He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hummelstown. Very intellectual about religion, Phil taught the Adult Sunday School Forum for the Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown. An observer of all things, he loved to read; was a talented writer; and enjoyed political commentary. Phil was also an avid Phillies and Penn State fan. Generous to a fault, Phil would give to any cause or need.

Phil was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Johnston Susemihl; and is survived by his second wife, Ann Wert Susemihl, and his long-time partner and the love of his life, Sally Montgomery Cummins. He is also survived by two daughters, Claire Lute, wife of Chris of Colorado; and Kelly Susemihl of Pennsylvania; one sister, Anne Kellegher of Delaware; and 11 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and first wife, Phil was preceded in death by two daughters, Alaina Molenda and Jill Susemihl; and one brother, Richard Susemihl.

A celebration of Phil’s life will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 West Main Street, Hummelstown. Relatives and friends will be received at a reception in Leatherman Hall of the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 100 West Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036; or to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg Warehouse, 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109.

Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc, 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the service.

Online condolences may be shared at