Successful career in sales, farm-to-table entrepreneur and homemaker

Published in the November 9, 2017 edition

ROUND HILL, Virginia — Susan Kanter Doherty, 61, of Round Hill, Virginia, formerly of Lexington, Mass. and North Reading, Mass., passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by her family on October 22, 2017, following a three-year battle with non-small cell lung cancer.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Irving Kanter and Gladys (Ruth) Kanter. After graduating from Lexington High School in 1974, Susan attended the University of Rhode Island, spent a year studying in Madrid, Spain, and graduated with a B.S. in Latin American Studies and Economics.

Susan had successful careers in both art product sales and real estate advertising. Following the birth of her daughters, Susan was a homemaker for many years. After moving to Virginia in 2004, Susan taught Spanish in the Loudoun County School system and to home-schooled high school students. She also loved cooking and gardening and used her large vegetable garden to supply a “farm-to-table” home-based cooking business, providing take-away dinner meals that were appreciated by several dozen regular customers.

A few of her great accomplishments were her 26-year marriage to her husband, Jim (James Doherty), and the two daughters they raised, Madeleine and Julia Doherty. She beamed with pride any time she spoke of her family.

Besides her husband and daughters, all of Round Hill, Virginia, Susan is survived by her sisters Lisa Kanter and her husband Eugene Schweig of Littleton, Colorado, Joan Kanter and her husband George Buck of Imperial Beach, California, Maggie Shafmaster and her husband Jonathan Shafmaster of Rye, New Hampshire, and Natalie Kanter of Maynard, Mass., as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, December 2 at 11 a.m. at The Stable at Bluemont Vineyard, 18755 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601.