Susan Catherine Mahr, nee Sandtner

Susan Mahr, 94, of Wilmington, DE passed away on March 8, 2018.

Born in Hungary on June 5, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Jozsef Sandtner and Jozefa Gansler Sandtner.  She graduated from the prestigious Peter Pazmany Science University in Budapest with the combined degree in Chemical Engineering (Honors) and Bachelor of Arts. There she met and married Tibor George Mahr, who earned a Ph.D in chemistry. Susan and Tibor moved to the U.S. in 1959 and worked for DuPont. She was predeceased by her husband Tibor and her son Paul, a well-known cellist.

At 94 years of age, her intellect was still brilliant. Her knowledge of world history, philosophy, the sciences, music, and the arts was extensive. But she was also very modest, and unless you engaged her in one-on-one conversation, you would never discover the depth of this amazing human being.

Susan’s passion was creating abstract art. When asked, she delighted in explaining what had inspired each of her paintings. Today, those abstract paintings adorn the homes of her many admirers and friends. Susan traveled widely, and enjoyed entertaining her friends to exquisite dinners. She attended the University of Long Life Learning (OSHER) since its very beginnings and was a contributor as well as an art instructor there.

Survived by cousins and many friends, Susan will always be remembered. Special thanks to caregiver Carmen Beauchamp, whose tenderness and expert care made Susan grateful to the very end. Rest in peace, Susan.

Burial will be private. Contributions may be made to a charity of choice.


Submitted by Johanna Keresztes on
Sending my heartfelt condolences to Zsuzsi ‘s cousins by fondly remembering Zsuzsi’s gracious hospitality and International cuisine. I admired her of artful design and colors and their stories which she enjoyed sharing. May she Rest In Peace. Y. J. ohanna Keresztes Zsuzsi had a remarkable life, enjoying good health. Love

Submitted by Leanne Sales on
Susan was an exceptional person, ahead of her time and had an amazing life. We grew to know each other very well in the past 10 years and spent many wonderful hours together in art museums, eating good food and in deep discussion, punctuated by lots of laughter. We were in regular contact and she was a treasure to me. Her loss is immense. There will never be her like again. This is part of placed on her cousin's grave (my late husband, Peter Garas) in Australia and it fits well for Susan too: My life was built of memories - of revolution, refuge, migration; hard work, career, travel;courage, wisdom, knowledge; friendship, love and loss. Each hour was precious, fleeting and Testament to my presence in the world. Let my loss remind you to Have compassion for others and Create worthy memories All the hours of your life.

Submitted by Y. Holland on
"My deepest Sympathy go to the Mahr- Santner family, may your memories of your loss loved one comfort you and your family today and always, please take comfort in God's word at 2 Corinthians 1:3 "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort".