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Annie Suderman

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When Annie was 6, the family’s home burned; all her father could rescue was the Bible and a highchair. Annie attended a one-room school in Landmark, Man., arriving by horse or on skates. She loved the outdoors. Annie gave her heart to Jesus at 11 after regretting a quarrel with her sister. She rededicated her life at 18. In 1944, the family moved to a raspberry farm in Yarrow, B.C., where Annie started Grade 10, a difficult new beginning. She graduated from Sharon Mennonite Collegiate Institute, Yarrow, B.C., in 1947. She moved to Vancouver in 1948, working as a telephone operator. Annie met Frank at MB Bible College, Winnipeg. Annie and Frank lived 3 years in Port Rowan, Ont., then returned to Vancouver. In June 1962, Frank was in a car accident. The settlement enabled them to put a down payment on a home. In 1972, they moved to Richmond, B.C., and in 1979, to Surrey, B.C. Annie was tenderhearted, hardworking and gentle. After Frank retired in 1990, Annie wanted to be near her sisters in Abbotsford, B.C. Annie and Frank travelled within North America and to United Arab Emirates, Israel, Germany and Frank’s birthplace in Ukraine. Annie volunteered at the MCC thrift store. She prayed faithfully for each family member. In November 2014, Annie was diagnosed with bladder cancer. She accepted the 6-month prognosis with courage.

  • Birth: April 22, 1928
  • Birthplace:
    Kleefeld, Man.
  • Death: May 1, 2015
  • Parents:
    Cornelius M. & Maria (Guenther) Friesen
  • Married:
    Frank Suderman, Nov. 6, 1954
  • Family:
    Frank; Evelyn Hazenberg (Ian [d. 2008]), Luella, Frances (Dale) Anderson, Walter, William, Irene (Mike) Fossum; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild
  • Church:
    Vancouver MB; Bakerview MB, Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Baptism:
    Yarrow, B.C., September 1948