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Susan (Hornberger) Buckman  

Susan “Sue” Buckman

October 13, 1952 – April 29, 2017

Susan “Sue” (Hornberger) Buckman, age 64, of Bear, DE, passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Sue was born in Upper Darby, PA on October 13, 1952.  Daughter of the late Donald Joseph and Noel (Bailey) Hornberger, she attended William Penn High School in Delaware where she met her husband Craig.  Sue retired from the University of Delaware in 2008 after 24 years in Accounting and Worker’s Compensation.

She enjoyed the beach, skiing, sewing, her Red Mustang of 12 years, and traveling with her husband.  Sue’s favorite time of year was Christmas and her home always showed her love of Santas and the Christmas Spirit.  Most of all, she cherished spending time with her four beloved grandchildren.  In her leisure time, she loved walking Longwood Gardens where she was a member and took pride in maintaining her own gardens.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Craig Buckman; daughter, Sheila Elliott and husband, Jeff; son, Brian Buckman and his wife, Sheryl; and grandchildren, Jenna, Alec, Rebecca, and Paige.

She is predeceased by her twin sister, Linda Hornberger, and brothers, Gerry and Don Hornberger, father-in-law, Robert Calvin, and brother-in-law, Robert Scott.  Sue is survived by her siblings, Stephen (Mary Rita), Sandy Fusto (Joe), Karl, Mike (Dar), and Chris.  Sue is also deeply missed by her mother-in-law, Jean Marie Buckman and siblings-in-law; Grant (Sandy), Shelley Rhoades (Jim), Kim Ritchie (Bruce), Todd, and Deb Brodie (Kevin).   Also, a host of wonderful and beloved nieces and nephews will miss their “Aunt Sue.”

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12:00 until 12:30 pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 12:30 pm. Interment will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

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  1. Brian Buckman, May 4, 2017

    I will miss you Mom. Rest in piece.

  2. Kim Ritchie, May 5, 2017

    Sue has been part of our family for so long she is more of a sister than sister-in-law. She and Craig watched my son many times for me and treated him as one of their own. We’ll never forget all of our girls nights out or our girls week-ends! You will truly be missed by all. Rest in peace till we meet again.

  3. Andrea Bonner, May 5, 2017

    Sheila I am so very sorry for your loss . Please know my thoughts are with you and your family at this time

  4. Sandy Fusto, May 5, 2017

    My Dear Sister Sue,

    I miss you more than words can ever describe.

    Love you and rest in peace.

  5. Todd Buckman, May 5, 2017

    For as far back as my memory goes you have been a part of my family and life. I still haven’t figured a way to process this. You will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

  6. Ashleigh and Eric Wilkes, May 5, 2017

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. I know Sue will be missed by so many. May you find comfort in all of the wonderful memories.

  7. Angela Mizenko Beecham, May 5, 2017

    I haven’t seen Sue in quite some time, but we were close friends during my time in Delaware. Sue, Craig, Sheila and Brian spent many visits and summer vacations together with me, Chris, Joe and Kristi. It’s funny that I was just thinking of her a few days ago. All my sympathy and love goes to all of the Buckman family. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you are all devastated. This is a very sad time and a tremendous loss for all who loved Sue.

  8. Cindy Groux, May 5, 2017

    What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mom. Our love and deepest sympathy are with you all. Your loving memories will be forever in your heart. Love Bobby and Cindy

  9. Ellie, May 5, 2017

    So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing…Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire family….

  10. Sharon, May 6, 2017

    We were very sorry to read of someone so young passing away. It’s never an easy situation regardless but when you read of someone who had a loving family and grandchildren it seems very unfair.
    We hope you will be comforted by your family friends and from the scriptures which says that one day soon God will wipe all tears from our eyes and death will be no more. Rev 21:3,4. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

  11. Judy scott, May 6, 2017

    Praying for the family

  12. Chris Fisher, May 6, 2017

    While I never met your beautiful soul, I know your brother. My heart aches for all the family. May the family and friends find peace in the following poem:


    Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Nothing has happened.

    Everything remains exactly as it was.
    I am I, and you are you,
    and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same as it ever was.
    There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
    What is this death but a negligible accident?

    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near,
    just round the corner.

    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

  13. Daintry Buckman, May 6, 2017

    Sue I have known you since I was 19yrs old. I always admired what a great mother you were. How you made such a loving and beautiful home for your family. You were always full of smiles and laughter and fun. You always gave your time and attention to all the kids and made them feel special and made sure they had fun at the Buckman parties. I know we hadnt been in touch for a while but I am devasted that your gone. My heart aches for all of your family. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Sue. Lots of love Daintry

  14. Gene Simonds, May 6, 2017

    My sincere deepest sympathy to Craig and family. So sorry to hear about your loss….I was honored to know such a great lady…Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  15. Denise Douglas, May 7, 2017

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. It’s times like these when the loving promises of our Heavenly Father can bring us comfort and can soften some of the pain we feel in our hearts.(1Thessalonians 4:13, 14) May God grant you guidance, strength and peace, knowing that the Bibble promise at Revelation 21:4 that sickness, and death will be removed forever. And that we can look to John 5:28,29 for comfort , knowing that we will see our dear loved ones again, here on earth as promised, by means of the resurrection.

  16. Dave Christian, May 7, 2017

    Craig- I was very saddened to learn of Sue’s passing…… she always had that smile…… …My thoughts and condolences to you and all your family members.

    It seems like just yesterday we were all running around New Castle…..

  17. Taylor and Donna Magargal, May 7, 2017

    Craig so sorry to here about sue we wish your family well in this hard time.

    taylor & donna

  18. Tina Fontana, May 8, 2017

    Craig, Shelia and Brian,

    I was so sad to hear of Sue’s passing. I worked with Sue at the University of Delaware. Sue was such great fun and could always make you laugh and smile. I will keep Sue and all of you in my prayers.

    Tina Fontana

  19. Jeannie Boone Thompson, May 8, 2017

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. She was an amazing person. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time .

  20. Judy scott, May 8, 2017

    Praying for family

  21. Nancy and Norm Jackson, May 13, 2017

    Sheila and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. We are thinking of you with deepest sympathy and pray that God will bless you and keep you in his care. We are keeping you in our prayers.
    May the cherished memories of your Mom that meant the most to you live in your heart forever.

  22. John Jackson, June 12, 2017

    Craig and Sheila, I will be out of town during the service for Susan, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed talking with her during the time I visited Craig in the hospital. I could sense her strength and love for her family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  23. Deborah BaltrushLoar, June 13, 2017

    Many fond memories of William Penn and New Castle. May you be with God.

  24. Heather Beutler (Casson), June 19, 2017

    I will miss you always. May you rest in peace.


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