Susan “Sue” Lynn Penningroth Zink of Eugene, Oregon died on December 29, 2021 at the age of 62, after a long battle with breast cancer.
Sue was born on August 6, 1959 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Harold and Joyce Penningroth, and grew up in Whitney Point, New York. She graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a bachelor degree in Marketing, and met her life-long partner and future husband, Jay Zink. After a year-long tour with the singing group Up With People, performing in the half-time show of the 1982 Super Bowl, she and Jay were married in Whitney Point in 1984. The couple moved to Montana before settling down in Eugene where she pursued her teaching degree at Oregon State University. She began her teaching career as a night school instructor at LCC and then was a substitute teacher at 4J School District. In 1992 she started teaching full-time at Sheldon High School until her retirement in 2018.
At Sheldon, Sue was both a mentor and friend to her students and colleagues. As advisor for the school Yearbook, Sue enjoyed sharing her love of photography and journalism with her students, and achieved several recognitions for their work. In addition, she established a student-operated credit union, where students learned valuable life skills.
Sue had fond memories of growing up in Whitney Point, including lifeguarding at Dorchester Park, being the only female on the boy’s tennis team, hosting with her family numerous Rotary exchange students, working at the family farm supply business, snowmobiling and camping in the Adirondacks.
Sue’s life enjoyments included traveling both in the US and abroad, crafting, gardening and canning, photography, and exploring wineries. She never shied from a card game with family and friends, but bringing people together was her greatest passion.
Sue is survived by her husband Jay of 37 years, her two sons Justin and Michael, brother Philip (Stacey), and sister Cynthia (Yahia). She is predeceased by her parents Joyce and Harold Penningroth and brother Eric (Jennifer).
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 676910, Dallas, TX 75267 www.nationalbreastcancer.org.