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Susie Thiessen

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Susie immigrated to Canada with her parents and 9 siblings in 1925, settling in Coaldale, Alta. Susie loved farm life, especially watching her father feed the pigeons and chickens. She completed Grade 8. Susie memorized countless Scripture verses, which proved a comfort to her. She looked forward to quilting and sewing with the Coaldale MB ladies group. After working in Calgary as a housemaid, she happily returned to the farm. Susie loved to sing. Susie and David were married 75 years. Susie was a prayer warrior, praying her way through her family and the church directory. She studied her Bible faithfully and listened to Christian radio with joy. After a stroke in her 70s, Susie became housebound. With David’s unfailing support, she persevered and moved forward, despite limited mobility. She was cared for at home until moving to Coaldale Health Care Centre in May 2017. Although her “new normal” was challenging, she embraced change with courage. Susie gave of herself, supporting many ministries, some for more than 60 years. Expressing thankfulness to family, friends, and caregivers came naturally to her. Susie longed to be reunited with family members already celebrating in their heavenly home.

  • Birth: December 30, 1916
  • Birthplace:
    Spat, Crimea, Ukraine
  • Death: November 4, 2017
  • Parents:
    Peter & Elizabeth (Penner) Harder
  • Married:
    David Thiessen, Mar. 27, 1942
  • Family:
    David; children Victor, Verner, Edna Jane, Wanda (Bill) Clarke; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren
  • Baptism:
    Coaldale (Alta.) MB, Sept. 20, 1936