Susan Wax Hauser, 72, of Chadds Ford, died on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at Neighborhood Hospice Inpatient Unit, West Chester, following a four-year battle with gastrointestinal cancer.

She was the loving and devoted wife of William C. Hauser.

Born in Berea, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Ervin and Margaret Fraizer Wax.

Mrs. Hauser obtained a bachelor's degree in English from Wellesley College in 1959. Her business career started in New York City at McCall's Patterns and then Mademoiselle Magazine writing promotional copy. She moved to San Diego, Calif., and was the advertising manager for J. Jessop and Sons, a multi-store jewelry firm.

Marriage and her husband's job brought her to Richmond, Va., where she continued to work in advertising for a variety of clients. She then spent almost six years with her young family in Geneva, Switzerland, as a result of her husband's transfer. Upon her return to the United States, she went to work for the Delaware County Planning Department, where she last held the position of manager, GIS/Information Services, until she retired in 2007.

In addition to her professional career, Mrs. Hauser was very involved in her community. She did the publicity for the Chadds Ford Historical Society for 17 years and also served as a board member. She had a large part in their major events such as Chadds Ford Days, the Great Pumpkin Carve, and the Candlelight Christmas Tour. For all of her work with the society, Mrs. Hauser was honored in April 2009, with a lifetime honorary membership. She had also served as a professional advisor and staff for the Delaware County Heritage Commission, edited and designed the book "Brandywine Battlefield: The National Historic Landmark Revisited" (1992), and served on the Brandywine Battlefield Task Force. Her last volunteer position was as the chair of the Pennsbury Township Historical Commission, where she provided the leadership for the soon-to-be-published "Pennsbury Township Historic Survey."

Mrs. Hauser was a true gourmand and loved to cook for her family and friends. Her creative talents also included becoming a student of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Survivors include her husband, William; daughter, Tracy Hauser Scarrow and her husband, James, of Washington, D.C.; and two grandchildren, Emily and Jackson Scarrow. Mrs. Hauser's son, Jeffrey died in 1986.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 W. Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester.

The Rev. Don Lincoln will officiate.

Internment will be private and held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 795 E. Marshall St., Suite 204, West Chester, PA, 19380; Lombardi Cancer Center, Otto Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers, Attn: Office of Development, 3300 Whitehaven St. N.W., Suite 4000, Washington, D.C. 20007; or Chadds Ford Historical Society, P.O. Box 27, Chadds Ford, PA 19317.

Arrangements are being handled by the Founds Funeral Home Inc., West Chester, 610-696-0134.

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