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Born: Jan 25, 1923
Date of Passing: Nov 24, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Susie was born on January 25, 1923 in Altona, Manitoba. She was predeceased by her husband Alfred; her parents; two sisters; one brother and a host of in-laws.
She is survived by all her children, Maureen (Gerry Aubry), Garry (Teri), Janet (Ray Wiebe), Ted (Sharryl), Don (Donna) and Glen (Roxanne) and by 60 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by in-laws, Tina Letkeman, Jake and Trudy Heinrichs and Helen and Ralph Thorpe.
Mom always described her early childhood as idyllic. She and her friends created their own fun by playing games like pom-pom-pollaway, ante ante over, hide and seek, French and English and others. Anne Klassen, the girl she played with most during her childhood, remained her best friend for her whole life. Life crashed for Susie at the age of 12, when her mother died suddenly. Four and a half months later Susie got a new stepmother. The new mother was not interested in Susie or her siblings and demanded a lot of her dad's time. For many years, it felt to Susie like she had lost both parents.
Mom remembered clearly the day when a spark was lit between her and her future husband Alf. They were walking home together from an event. As they parted, Alf stole a kiss from her. "The nerve of him," she would say later. Alf was 24 at the time, and Susie was only 16. Susie and Alf eventually married and lived most of their lives in Gretna. Susie was a homemaker her whole life, and this gave her much joy. She was a wonderful cook, and an even more wonderful baker, always keeping the house full of magical food aromas. Somehow, she managed to keep a house of five kids always looking clean and orderly.
The church and faith have always been central to Susie's life. She sang in the choir, and with other groups. She was the secretary of many church committees. She was an active member of the Ladies Aid, and a leader of a friendship Bible coffee group. Her family remembers her bringing the women of the church together in her garage to make handmade soap for distribution to underdeveloped countries.
Susie and Alf did a lot of travelling over the years. A couple of trips overseas, quite a few to Florida, a road trip to Mexico, and many trips across Canada to church-related conferences. Their favourite place to go was Clear Lake. After they had been married for 40 years, Susie and Alf had been to Clear Lake 41 times.
At the age of 46, Susie had a big surprise. She discovered that she was going to have another baby. Susie always felt that having Glen so late in life really enhanced their retirement years. An enormous highlight for Mom in the last few years has been the annual family Christmas gathering. In 2018, the last Christmas at which Mom's mind still functioned reasonably well, all 57 of her children and grandchildren attended.
In the last few years, Mom's mental health has deteriorated steadily. It has been a sorrow for us to lose meaningful communication with her. Through it all, Mom has kept up a generous, loving and cheerful spirit, and has buoyed us all by her determination to bring joy into our lives and the lives of others around her.
Funeral services will take place on Friday, December 3 at 1:30 p.m. at Bethel Mennonite Church.
Covid Protocols: All in Attendance are required to Be Fully Vaccinated, Only Those Who Can Show Proof Of Vaccination And Government Issued ID Will Be Permitted To Attend. Face Masks are Mandatory.
In lieu of flowers, you might consider a donation to Mennonite Central Committee or to Pembina Place.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 27, 2021
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
It seemed I was always at Aunt Susie's and Uncle Alf's house. Janet and I were fast friends and somehow I was often having supper there or Aunt Susie baked up a storm for a Loewen fastpa.. A wonderful woman who always had a smile. My condolences on your loss. - Posted by: Joanne dahlke (Niece) on: Nov 30, 2021
Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear mother. A full life lived. - Posted by: Lori Leverington (Niece of Maureen Aubry) on: Nov 27, 2021
Aunt Susie was dear to my heart. She was kind and humble and always welcoming when we came to visit from Alberta. I remember, when Aunt Susie was blessed with her youngest at the ripe age of 46, sometimes my mother would go and sit next to my father on the same chair. He would say, "Don't sit so close; remember what happened to Susie." I always think of that comment with a smile. I remember Aunt Susie's fruit trees in the back and her chocolate pie at supper. She loved her sister, my mother, so much, and spoke with her regularly until my mom passed over a decade ago. I know they are now hugging and giggling and fellowshipping together in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Say hi to Mom for me, Aunt Susie. I love you both, and will be seeing you. Love, Gail - Posted by: Gail Bold (nee Reddekopp) (Niece ) on: Nov 27, 2021
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