Susan Ahern was born in Beijing, China on October 28, 1968 to XiuHua Wang and Fu Zhao. She was the younger sister to Grace Zhao. Susan had grand ambitions as a child and strived to aspire to greatness and stifle any doubt over her talent. She proved this by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, otherwise known as the “Harvard of China”.
While still a college student, Susan participated in the Tiananmen Square Protests for Democracy in 1989. Susan was a fearless, confident, headstrong woman who was involved in political activist groups and later received recognition for her efforts in 2011 with the Coronado Peacemaker Award.
She joined McDonnell Douglas China after graduation in 1992 and soon met the love of her life, Charlie Ahern, from this fateful decision. She impressed all of her colleagues with her tenacity and linguistic abilities. The Aherns moved to Coronado together in 1997, where they began a Real Estate partnership by “selling Coronado one yard at a time.” Shortly afterward in the summer of 1998, Susan and Charlie got married, and their passionate love story continued for twenty years until her untimely death. For the last several years, they have worked and formed many friendships while being affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.
As a Renaissance woman with diversified interests, Susan devoted herself to flourishing in every aspect of her life, especially as a loving mother to a daughter named Angela born in 1999. Nothing could ever express the power, majesty, and beauty of her love to her doting daughter. Angela graduated from Coronado High School this past spring while emulating her mother’s spirit by excelling in academics, Navy JROTC, and Coronado School of the Arts.
Susan has always been very generous with her affection and time to several charitable organizations including Rotary International, Coronado Schools’ Foundation, Coronado School of the Arts Foundation, and San Diego Chinese Women’s Association.
She was incredibly supportive of Charlie, who is the past president of the Coronado Optimist Club and Coronado Realtors’ Association. Susan and Charlie are co-chairmen of the Coronado Crown Club Membership Committee and the Fellowship and Membership Committee of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Susan went on four mission trips for the United Methodist San Diego District Mission Team and took her daughter, Angela, along on her fourth mission to the Dominican Republic.
On July 10, 2017 Susan met her maker and departed from this world. She mesmerized and captured the hearts of everyone who knew her, and she will be fiercely missed by her husband, daughter, sister, mother, and comrades.
A memorial service celebrating Susan’s life will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 700 D Avenue. Overflow seating, with a live-stream of the service, will be available in the CoSA Auditorium at the Coronado High School, 650 D Avenue. A reception will follow the service at St. Paul’s and guests are also invited to park in any open spots at the High School.