Susie Thiessen passed away suddenly after a short illness at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man., at age 89. God granted her dearest wish to be with Himself and her husband Peter for Christmas.
Susie was born on Sept. 29, 1930, in Aberdeen, Sask., to Peter and Helena Peters. The family moved to Swan Plan, Sask., to homestead. Mom was the youngest girl with five older sisters and three younger brothers: Mary (Jake) Klassen; Helen (Dave) Doell; Betty (Jim) Aimoe; Kate (Peter) Klassen; Eva (George) Giesbrecht; Peter (Helen) Peters; Jake (Mary) Peters; and Bill (Betty) Peters.
When her Dad passed away in 1937, it became impossible to keep the homestead. The family was moved to Chortitz, Man. She and her sisters hoed beets and picked potatoes in the U.S. before she worked in Manitoba as a housekeeper.
Then she met the love of her life, Peter J. Thiessen, and they were married on July 20, 1952. They had 66 years together. Their honeymoon consisted of driving from their wedding reception to Brandon North, Dad’s place of work with the CNR.
Dad’s work with the CNR saw them move around Manitoba, but they finally settled by farming in the Mayfeld area. Mom chose to stay at home to raise her children. Mom took on much responsibility for the farm and the children while Dad was away with the CNR and on various jobs. She always had a large garden. After most of the children had left home, Mom worked in home care for 15 years, which she loved.
She served God in various other ways, cooking at camp, working at MCC, and church cleaning. She was known for her hospitality, and the joke was that when she saw company turn onto their farm driveway, she could wash the floor and make a meal by the time they were at the door. She brought chicken noodle soup, her stand-by, to sick people. She enjoyed making confetti cake, which Pastor Colin Bell appreciated.
Her favourite restaurant was Joey’s Only because of the fish. She enjoyed travelling north to see Terry and Mary Ann in Creighton, Sask., with a van filled with grandchildren and food for a week. She enjoyed fishing in northern Saskatchewan.
She was connected with the Old Colony Church as a child, with the Mayfeld EMMC until it closed, Beautiful Plains Baptist, Carberry Evangelical Free, Austin Evangelical Church (EMMC), and Portage Evangelical Church.
She was deceased by her parents; her husband Peter and son Larry; two grandchildren, Darrell and Desiree; as well as by numerous siblings and in-laws.
She leaves to mourn her passing her children, Mary Ann (Terry) Smith, Beverly (Leonard) Funk, daughter-in-law Debbie Thiessen, Jerry (Sherry) Thiessen, Randy Thiessen, Karen (Ken) Nicholls, and Laura McLeod; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Cory (Dana) Thiessen, Ella, Owen and Hazel; Marcie (Jeff) Rudyk, Riley and Joshua; Kristen Funk, Tarryn and Noah; Tracy (Kyle), Sierra, Avery, and Michael; Jonathan Smith; Derek Custer; Peter, Patricia, Chantel Thiessen; Alex (Colleen), Asley (Curtis), Riley, Lucas, Lexi; Kass Nicholls; Kenneth McLeod, Huxley; Tessa (Paul); Laurie McLeod, Bailey, Brooklyn; as well as many extended family and friends.
The funeral service of Susie Thiessen was held on Dec. 13, 2019, at MacGregor EMC with Pastors Colin Bell, Les Kroeker, and Terry Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Sommerfeld Cemetery, Austin.
Mom truly believed that, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). She gave of herself to all around her, and we can only imagine her joy in the presence of the Lord her God.