Susie Konrad of Abbotsford, B.C. passed away Sept. 25, 2000.
She was born May 10, 1915 to Jacob and Agnes Wiebe in Alexandradar, Kuban, Russia. The family immigrated to Gnadenthal, Man. in 1925 and moved to Manitou, Man. in 1927.
At 17, she accepted Christ, was baptized and joined the MB church. She had a strong faith in God that saw her through hard times.
In 1935 she married Henry Konrad of Manitou. They lived on a grain farm. In 1945 they moved to a dairy and raspberry farm in Matsqui, B.C.
In January 1946 Henry was diagnosed with leukemia; he died 6 months later, leaving her with 5 small children.
She moved to a 10-acre farm in Yarrow, B.C., where she raised animals and grew raspberries. In 1959 she moved to a smaller place. When her children were grown, she looked after her parents, caring for her ailing mother until her death.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking and caring for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed church and started a Bible study in her home, taught by Mrs. Bartsch, a former missionary. She studied the Bible eagerly and learned to live a life of faith in God. She prayed for her family and others. She took a keen interest in each person.
In 1988 she moved to Clearbrook, B.C., joining Clearbrook MB Church. She baked and sewed for her family, church and MCC. She diligently made blankets to send to needy people.
Her home was always open to her children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.
In spring 2000 she was diagnosed with lung cancer that spread to her bones.
Predeceased by Henry, she is mourned by children Abe, Margarete Reimer, Helen Andres, Hank and Jake; 21 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The memorial service was held Sept. 29 in Clearbrook MB Church, with Peter J. Klassen and Waldo Andres ministering.