Susan Ann Smolen

November 12, 1944 - May 20, 2024

Visitation: Saturday June 1, 2024, 10-10:50 am; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry Township

Service: Saturday, June 1, 2024, 11 am; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry Township.

Susan Ann Smolen passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 20, 2024 with her beloved husband Richard by her side after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer and a blood cancer.
Susan was born November 12, 1944 in New Orleans, LA to Robert and Sally Hohnhorst (nee Hellwig). Susan grew up in Dorset Ohio and after graduating from Jefferson Area High School in 1962, she enrolled in Otterbein University. Graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, Susan went on to teach elementary school while Richard finished Veterinary school at The Ohio State University.
Susan and Richard relocated to Louisville, Kentucky in 1969 for Richard to begin his career as a Veterinarian. On February 8, 1970, Susan and Richard welcomed their first son Jeffrey and Steven followed on November 12, 1971. Susan was a loving and devoted mother who spent countless hours playing with the boys when they were little, volunteering at the school, driving them to sporting events and watching Jeff march in the band.
1972 saw a move to Pittsburgh, PA for Richard to continue practicing Veterinary medicine and after a year to open Duncan Manor Animal Hospital. Susan returned to work in 1986 as the office manager for the Hospital until retirement in December 2009. Her hard work, dedication, and leadership, helped Duncan Manor Animal Hospital became one of the premier veterinary hospitals in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Throughout her life, Susan volunteered and was involved with multiple organizations. She was an active member of the Veterinary Office Managers Association, Gourmet Club, the NA Band Boosters Group, and Theta Nu Sorority.
Susan was a member of the Perry Highland Women’s Association for many years. She served on numerous committees, chaired countless projects, and was the President from 1976-1977. She loved promoting civic, educational, philanthropic, and social activities.
Upon retirement, Susan and Richard spent the winters in Green Valley Arizona where she enjoyed designing and crafting jewelry at the lapidary and playing tennis and pickleball. They also were avid travelers and ventured through 5 continents.
Susan will be dearly missed by her husband of 56 years, Richard and her children Jeffrey (Kristen) and Dr. Steven Smolen. She was proud to be called grandma, and will also be missed by her three grandchildren, Cameron, Evan and Mikayla, as well as her two siblings Karen Strand and William (Skip) Hohnhorst.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 – 10:50am at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry Township, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 am at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Cyndi Bloise.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the American Cancer Society ( or Otterbein University ( on Susan’s behalf.

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  • Michael Loch

    I am very sorry to hear of her passing. She was such a sweet person. Duncan Manor was never the same after they left.

  • Michelle & Walter Goedeke

    We are sorry to learn of Mrs. Smolen’s passing.
    As former North Hills’ residents, we appreciated her kindness to us when our cats had their appointments at Duncan Manor Animal Hospital.
    Our condolences to
    Dr. Smolen, Jeffrey, and Steven.
    Most sincerely,
    Michelle & Walter Goedeke
    Lexington, KY

  • Randy and Ruth Fertelmes

    Our prayers and sympathy are with you Rich and with your family.

  • John Rudin

    Heart felt condolences to Richard, Karen, Skip, and the rest of the family!


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