Susan Kretschmer, 82

December 13, 1933 - October 18, 2015
Fri, 10/23/2015 - 9:45am

Susan (Snider) Kretschmer, of New York City and Block Island, died peacefully in her New York home on Oct. 18, 2015. She came to Block Island in the early 1960s, with her new husband John, to visit friends of his on the island, Joan and Bob Fletcher. She and John came every summer, renting one of the tiny Beauregard Cottages on Corn Neck Road. On afternoon walks with Joan (possibly fortified by afternoon cocktails), she discovered an overgrown, old house on Connecticut Avenue. She and John spent the next four or five summers restoring the house, and later, when she went back to work full time, ensuring she spent as much time as possible on the island. (“Sorry, the fog rolled in, I won’t be in tomorrow!” was a common message left for her boss on an exquisite summer Sunday.)

When she wasn’t on Block Island, she had a wonderful career as an art director, working for Simplicity Pattern Company, and later the Estée Lauder Companies. She was a great painter — her homes in New York and on Block Island are filled with oil paintings and watercolors of Block Island landscapes and still lifes, as well as pages and pages of sketches and drawings. After she retired, she volunteered at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and produced witty and charming sketches of the characters that passed her post.

She leaves behind her husband, John, and her children, Katie and Sam; as well as a sister, Jean Schmidt, of Cincinnati; and a niece and nephew, but also many, many friends and colleagues. She touched many lives with her talent, grace and humor and she will be missed.