Susie was born to a family strugging to survive, having arrived 8 years earlier from Russia via China. As a child she helped around the house and on the farm. In the Karlsruhe MB Church choir, she met Hans. In 1975, the family immigrated to St. Catharines, Ont., where Susie sang in Scott Street MB Church’s German choir. Shortly after their move, Hans was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and Susie became the breadwinner. She worked for 28 years at Tabor Manor. After Hans’ sudden death, Susie moved to Tabor Apartments. In 2012, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.