In Memory of Susan Herrman(1952 - 2016)

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Name
Susan Herrman
Spouse
Barry Felig
Birth Date
November 26, 1952
Blessing Date
July 1, 1982
Ascension Date
November 21, 2016  
Local Church
Mid Hudson Valley Family Church
Our most beloved sister, Susan Herrman Felig, of the Mid Hudson Valley Family Church in New York, ascended peacefully to the Spirit World on Monday, November 21, with her husband and close friends by her side. Susan was a devoted daughter to God and True Parents, always happy to serve and support the many initiatives and activities furthering the Providence. Susan was an accomplished dancer who has had the privilege to perform especially for True Parents, whom she loved dearly ever since she met them in 1975. She will be always remembered by her joyful and positive, optimistic spirit, and will be missed by all. She is survived by her husband Barry Felig and brother Benedict Herrman.

Let us support Susan's family during this important and special time, and offer our prayers for her victorious transition to a glorious new life in the spiritual world, where True Father and many saints are waiting for her with open arms.

Following is a biography for Susan and information about her Seonghwa ceremony.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ki Hoon Kim
Continental Director

Dr. Michael Balcomb
President

Susan Carol Herrman began life on November 26, 1952 in Brooklyn on 21st Street near Brooklyn College, New York. She was the younger of her parents’ two children; her older brother was born two years previous. Susan was born to show business people, her brother Benedict reported. Her father, Robert Henry, and mother Terry had their own summer theater company in Southern Ontario, Canada and every summer until Susan was 10 years old, the family would trek across New York by car, returning in late August. Susan and her brother would often have walk-on parts and later some speaking parts here and there in the summer stock presentations. Susan developed an early love for theater, especially dance.

Susan’s mother came from Methodist missionaries to India. Her grandparents met and became familiar with Mahatma Ghandi. Susan’s mother would tell her about sitting in Ghandi’s lap when her parents visited the spiritual leader’s home. When their missionary days concluded and her grandparents returned to the United States, Susan’s mother studied classical piano at the Chicago Conservatory of Music and became a classical pianist. Developing a sense for adventure that she passed on to Susan, her mother learned to fly and became a flight instructor in Texas. From there she went to New York City to study acting and met Susan’s father, Robert Herrman. Her father was a professional actor with later studio credits including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Lloyd Bridges Show, and Night Gallery. In 1962, seeking a life outside the theater and summer stock for their son and daughter, her parents moved to Santa Monica and settled in Ventura, CA.

From an early age Susan excelled at dance. Her brother remembers her as being a very talented dancer who practiced and performed with devotion. One of her fondest early memories was receiving ballet shoes for her birthday. Susan studied dance through high school and after graduation, travelled east to study at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She was studying ballet at Dance Academy East in New York City when in 1975 she met Gary Anceney, her spiritual father, and was introduced to the teachings of True Parents. Following her workshop course, Susan went out with the Mobile Fundraising Team. She excelled at MFT, reportedly always a top fundraiser, full of heart and love for her team members. After three years or so, Susan started working with the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles. She found herself in the International Folk Ballet. Her fondest memory, reported by those who were with her in her final days on Earth, was a dancing performance she gave with a Korean brother before True Parents. Joyfully she remembered the beaming happiness she saw in True Father’s and True Mother’s eyes during her duet.  In her closing days she asked those who were with her to “tell me again, tell me again,” about that experience.

After CARP, Susan served in a variety of church missions always giving love and joy and never asking anything in return. She served at Cheong Pyeong Training Center and with the Women’s Federation for World Peace. She was always the first to volunteer and to help and offer attendance at WFWP events. For several years she served as Administrative Assistant to the Unification Theological Seminary President, always answering the phone, “Hello, this is the heart of UTS.”

Susan holds the distinction of being one of three graduates from Barrytown College. When she learned of the college’s closing, she worked very had to complete her studies in time and graduated with honors.

Her later days were sometimes challenging but everyone who knew her well will tell you she would not say a negative word about her situation or about anyone, ever. Susan had a keen interest in holistic healing and resolving her life issues before she entered the Spirit World. She truly loved True Parents and Heavenly Parent and avidly researched the feminine divine.

Surrounded by her husband and a few close friends, Susan truly forgave everyone from her life who caused her pain or difficulty. Once she had offered all the anxiety in her heart, Susan’s passing began peacefully and even beautifully. The day before she passed away she acknowledged her husband Barry Felig’s love for her and hers for him.

Throughout her last two days Susan had a real, true joy in her eyes.

Susan ascended victoriously. Her life on Earth concluded successfully.

Her last words were “I need to breathe fresh air,” and then Susan stopped breathing in the arms of a loving sister.

Seonghwa Ceremony

The Seonghwa for Susan will take place on Sunday, December 4, at 12:30 PM at UTS Campus in Barrytown, lecture hall one. Address: 30 Seminary Drive, Barrytown, NY 12507

The Won Jeon Ceremony will take place at the Red Church Cemetery in Tivoli, followed by a reception in the main dining room at UTS (attendees are asked to bring a dish to share).

Flowers can be ordered from Dijk Flowers by calling 845-339-0980.

As always there will also be a donation basket at the Seonghwa to help the family.

Donations can also be made out to Barry Felig and sent to The Mid Hudson Valley Church, 30 Seminary Dr., Barrytown, NY 12507.

If you would like to offer a testimony at the Seonghwa, in person or by e-mail, please write to Gavin Hamnett, pastor of the Mid Hudson Family Church, at GHamnett@gmail.com.

Seonghwa Ceremony

Time
12:30PM
Date
Sunday, December 4
Location
Unification Theological Seminary: 30 Seminary Drive, Barrytown, NY 12507

Comments (18)

  • Faith Jones

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    God Bless you Susan , I did not know you but I am moved by your life .

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  • Marius Jean Henry

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    God is sending Susan as is as “Prodigal Parent in the 4 Hands , 4Arms of a Glorious God ”
    My God is a IV Israel , a win win situation , I meet Barry Felig during the wilderness course , my prayer is now for a Friend of the New Divine Providence , since her True biological Father carry the same name , he is now in a New Heaven for his daughter can be a John the Baptist to the Coronation of God ,a Perfect serving serving Holy Spirit for God , A day that will live as “Glorious Day is 1/13/2001 precusor of God D Day the hour is late on New Earth , That is Original Direct Blessing of God

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  • Joe

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    I worked with Susan on several MFT teams and then again in Performing Arts. Everything she did was a thousand percent. Every word, every movement seemed to be her desire to be an extention of God’s love. She is a work of Divine Art a true daughter of our Heavenly Parents. Well done Susan! Rock on Sister!!!

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  • JOHN P. HEALY

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    Like Faith, I am sorry I didn’t know Susan personally. Grateful though, to know her as a True Sister.

    Looking forward to getting to know her in the spiritual world.

    With my deepest heartfelt condolences to all her family & friends.

    J.P. HEALY, PRESIDENT, UPF, USA, ILLINOIS

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  • John Hitchler

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    Susan Carol Herrman Felig – God Bless You and God Bless your husband Barry and your brother Benedict. Reading your life’s story Susan has brought tears to my eyes and admiration to my heart. You were and are a very special sister. In loving memory ……..

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  • Valerie Bradshaw-Tembo

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    I remember Susan From the Performing Arts Day with our Leader Rev/Dr Joong Hyunj Pak. .She was a member of the International Folk Ballet. She has always been a heavenly
    daughter and lady for God and True Parents.We know that she is dancing and working together with True Father/Parents and all the other heavenly soldiers.

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  • Roger Alan Wise

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    Dear Susan,

    I’ve never had the good fortune to meet you in person.

    From reading your exciting and compelling biography, I regret that I did not have the opportunity.

    I’m looking forward very much to meeting you for the first time…in the spirit world.

    With love and great respect,

    Roger

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  • Cory Boitano

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    I had the privilege of working (playing mostly!) with Susan as we trapsed around the country campus to campus with CARP. She was truly a pure vessel of her art, transforming effortlessly from Indian to Mexican folk dancer, improvising with jazz, ballet, you name it – she was perfection. We spent many hours on our happy bus, sharing deeply and exchanging the most amazing massages! I am quite sure she is in a most beautiful place now, home at last. Thank you for so generously sharing your gifts. May you live on in exquisite beauty, peace and joy, dear sister. Love, Cory Greene-Boitano

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  • Vicki Phelps

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    Barry, your friends in Maryland send our love to you as you deal with your dear wife’s ascension. I’m happy to hear you two enjoyed love together after all you’ve been through.

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  • daniela wooton

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    Beautiful,thank you for sharing,good thoughts and love to you all.

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  • Md. Humayun Kabir

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    Happy ascension of Ms. Susan in the Spiritual world. God will take care her, I believe.

    Kabir from Bangladesh

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  • Douglas Burton

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    Susan,
    Your beautiful smile still lights up our hearts. I remember you as a fearless CARP pioneer in the early 80s. And you were the Poet Laureate of the all-too brief Barrytown College. Well done, Sister! I can see dancing across rainbows now!

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  • L. Grace Kohan

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    I love you Susan. I’ll always remember our years in Texas with Sara & her family. There were many deep challenges, but you eventually not only prevailed but succeeded spectacularly. You are a blessing to all.

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  • James B Edgerly

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    Best wishes Susan,
    I remember you an never being anything other than positive, hopeful, interested and encouraging. Very best wishes for your next journey in life, for which you have prepared well.

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  • Rosemary Yokoi

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    I will never forget Susan’s elfin smile and her adventurous spirit. May she continue her adventure as she greets True Father in the spirit world.

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  • Fran Mackay

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    Susan, my heart is broken. I miss you already, but I know you are here still. I hope our friendship can grow through spirit. Please help me in my work for God, as I will try to help you. Tears are in my eyes. I love you! Barry, please call me. 504-427-6586 Frannie Krefft in New Orleans. Susan, may your life now be ever drawing you closer to the heart of God. She loves you so! fkm

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  • Beverley Tidwell

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    I wish I knew Susan! May the feminine nature of God be more evident around us. Bless You! Much Love from Tucson, AZ

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  • Edna Munakata

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    Susan, I am so moved by the life that you lived . You have used your passion and love as an offering to our True Parents . Thank you dearest Sister for your life story. I pray that you are always near True Father and dancing your heart out. God Bless your family always.

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