November 10 1939 December 27 2017
SusieAnn Derksen (nee Hiebert)
November 10, 1939 – December 27, 2017
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SusieAnn Derksen, our beloved Mother, aged 78 years, passed peacefully into the eternal arms of her Saviour on December 27, 2017, at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre, after a brief illness.
Mom was born in Steinbach on November 10, 1939 to David F. and Susana Hiebert, and spent her childhood in Grunthal. The family home was attached to a general store, which kept her parents busy, so there were always things for Mom to do in the house, often venturing into new tasks with only her good judgement, or a quick word of advice to guide her. As she grew, more siblings were added to the family. There were also responsibilities in the store, and other family businesses, although she preferred to be in the privacy of home.
On August 10, 1958, Mom & Dad were married in the Grunthal Chortitzer Mennonite Church. Dad wanted to farm and they began saving towards the goal of owning rural property. After two years of marriage, they were able to buy a small farm and move out of town, by now as a family of three. Although she loved animals, rural life was foreign to Mom, but her determination and willingness to learn served her well.
Over the next years, the family grew to include seven children and the farm expanded into what was then considered a large dairy farm. We remember Mom working tirelessly in these years, milking cows, keeping a large garden and preserving the produce, sewing, and cooking to keep up with the appetite of her growing family. When Dad was elected a deacon in the CMC church, Mom took on more visible responsibilities in their church community. In spite of, or maybe because of, this busy life, she always made time to spend quietly with the Lord. She enjoyed reading through the Bible each year and often said her favourite verse was “the whole Bible”. Mom was a prayer warrior, and we knew that she prayed very regularly for her family, even though she didn’t speak of it often.
As the family grew, married and grandchildren were added, Mom had a little more time for her hobbies. Finally, a cat, then three cats, were allowed to join the household and they all enjoyed her gentle attention for the rest of their long lives. There were more flowers and slightly fewer vegetables in the garden, she knit more, sewed for enjoyment, read more and looked forward to winter when she could tackle a good jigsaw puzzle. Having the family together for gatherings brought a special joy.
In 1998, Mom & Dad sold the dairy herd and the milk quota. Not long after that, Dad became ill and Mom turned her attention to his care. As his memory slowly failed, and caring for Dad took more of her energy, we saw her amazing devotion to him.
After Dad’s passing, Mom preferred to live in her familiar house. She was still independent and capable. We found that we had to observe and listen carefully to learn of the rare things that she might need our help with, and then find a creative way to offer that help. We all dreaded that a time might come when health would require her to move from her home, and are blessed that her need to transition to hospital was clear and her stay there brief. We extend our gratitude to the many departments at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre and the staff who offered prompt and gentle care.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Abe.
She leaves 6 sons; Abe (Gloria), Dave, John (Shannon), Dennis (Joanne), James (Tammy), Alvin (Verna), and one daughter, Karen (Garry) and their families to treasure her memory and be challenged by her example.
A celebration of Mom’s life will be held on Tuesday January 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MBA celebration of Mom’s life will be held on Tuesday January 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB, with a viewing prior to the service. The burial will follow at the Grunthal Cemetery, Grunthal, MB..
If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Equip Canada (in memo line: Give the Word, PO Box 35064, Winnipeg, MB R2K 4J9.
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