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Obituary of Susan E. (Van Pelt) Tompkins


Susan E. Tompkins, 78, of Cortland, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 30, 2024.

Born November 27, 1945, in Ithaca, NY, Susan was the daughter of the late Myron and Geraldine Redmore Van Pelt.

After graduating from High School, Susan went on to Cosmetology School in Syracuse and then opened the Town House Coiffures on Main Street, Dryden in 1968 where she did hair for over 30 years. Susan enjoyed many things such as the local car club she was a member of, playing cards, watching her grandkids play sports, collecting coins, and volunteering at the Homer Senior Center. In her earlier days, Susan loved to raise and show long haired dachshunds.

Susan is survived by her son David (Leanne) Allen of Freeville, NY; stepson Chris Tompkins of Athens, GA; stepdaughter Jackie Tompkins of Binghampton, NY; her sister Joyce (Walt) Kirk of Dryden, NY; brother Dana (Karen) Van Pelt; grandchildren Braden Allen, Lindsey Allen, Trace Tompkins, Kyle Tompkins; along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Susan is predeceased by her husband, David Tompkins.

Calling hours for Susan will be held Monday, July 15, 2024, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Perkins Funeral Home located at 55 W. Main Street, Dryden, NY. A graveside service will be provided on Saturday, August 17, 2024 at Willow Glen Cemetery.

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