, Salem, MA

March 6, 2014

Hope H. “Sue” (Getchell) Auen, 81

SOUTH HAMILTON — Mrs. Hope H. “Sue” (Getchel) Auen, 81, of South Hamilton, beloved wife of the late Robert E. Auen, died unexpectedly, March 3, 2014, at her home.

Born in Danvers, she was the daughter of the late Estelle Getchell. She was raised and educated in Danvers and was a graduate of the former Holten High School in Danvers. Mrs. Auen continued her education becoming a graduate of the Lawrence General Hospital School of Nursing in 1953.

A longtime dedicated care giver and Nurse; Sue had been employed with the Hogan Regional Center as the Head Nurse at the time of her retirement. She had previously been associated with the former Cable Hospital of Ipswich and the former Hunt Hospital of Danvers.

A longtime dedicated member of the First Church of Wenham, Congregational and former deacon, Sue was active with the Order of Eastern Star and was a past Matron and was Mother Advisor, Order of DeMolay, Fidelity Chapter. She enjoyed Vermont and Maine and especially enjoyed her time vacationing with her family. An artist and creative person, Sue enjoyed knitting and painting. She was a resident of Hamilton for over 60 years. Her most precious moments were spent with her grandchildren.

Sue is survived by her daughter, Gail Susan David and her husband, Mark, of Hagerstown, Maryland; her sons, Robert S. Auen and his wife, Amanda, of South Hamilton, Kenneth Auen of Antrim, N.H. and Kevin Auen and his wife, Jayne Trainor, of Antrium, N.H.; her grandchildren, Bobby Auen and his wife, Ashley, Chris Auen, Stephen Auen and his wife, Samantha, and Jack Auen and Kristy Auen, Ryan and Jason David, Michelle Mears and her husband, Nate, and Shanna Regan; her loving sister, Doris Demers of Danvers and several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Emerson Getchell.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Route 62), Danvers, Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton. Visiting hours Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Sue’s memory to the Foundation of the MEEI, 243 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit