Susan M. Pennington died Friday of last week, October 9, after a brief illness. She was 73.

She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Vernet Helen and Roland Sikorski.

She received both a bachelor of arts and a masters of art degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1976. She worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Her family moved to the Cape in 1976 when her former husband, Michael R. Pennington, accepted a position at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She was one of the founding teachers at Falmouth Academy and also taught at Cape Cod Community College. She also taught art appreciation at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth and West Barnstable.

She was an accomplished singer and organist. She was choir director, organist and soloist at St. Anthony’s Church. She played and sang at many weddings and funerals and other services at local parishes for many years. She performed in the Woods Hole Library concert series, Falmouth Academy benefit concerts, the Marine Biological Laboratory concert consort and the Falmouth Interfaith choir and orchestra. She also taught art appreciation at Falmouth Night School.

She worked as an administrative assistant at the MBL, the Ecosystem Center and the Biological Bulletin. She was the director of the Osterville Historical Society from 1999 to 2001.

She was a member and served on the boards of the Falmouth Interfaith Choir, Woods Hole Historic Museum, Neighborhood Falmouth and the Katharine Lee Bates Statue Fund Committee.

She leaves her children, Rebecca Pennington and Marc Pennington of Falmouth, and her brothers Jack (Alisa) Sikorski of Dallas, Greg Sikorski of Arizona and Andrew Sikorski of Milwaukee. She was predeceased by her brother, Russell Sikorski.

Visitation will be held from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, November 7, in the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home on West Falmouth Highway followed by a funeral service at 1 PM in the funeral home.

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