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Susan Funk

FUNK, Susan - September 30, 1938 August 20, 2017 Susan Ann (Sawatsky) Funk was born on Friday, September 30th, 1938 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan. Susan was the 5th child born to Abraham and Susan (Penner) Sawatsky, in a family of six children. At the age of 3, Susan's mother passed away, and her father placed each of the children in separate homes. Susan was adopted by Abraham and Katherina Derksen, who lived near the Lost River area, south-west of Nipawin. The Derksens had nine older children (eight of which had left home, yet the youngest, Justina, then, only fifteen, desperately wanted her parents to adopt Susan). At home, Susan spoke Low German, attended the High German Mennonite Church at Lost River, and learned English while attending Public school. Susan enjoyed sports, school plays, and going to her older sibling's homes. Susan was only able to complete her 6th grade, as she was needed to help with the cooking, cleaning, and livestock chores (she enjoyed looking after the sheep best). At the age of eighteen, Susan started working at the Nipawin Hospital, in the dietary department. She lived in residence there, for two years. It was also during those years, that Susan met her future husband, Dave Funk, a patient at the hospital. They married 2 years later, in 1958. In the spring of 1959, they were blessed with their first daughter, Bonnie. Shortly after, they moved to Saskatoon, where Brenda was born, in 1960. Once again, Dave's work had the family on the move, next to a logging camp in Hundred Mile House, British Columbia. While Susan cared for their two daughters, their son, Kenny was born, in 1962. The family then moved to Longview, Alberta, where Susan worked alongside Dave, at his lath and lumber business. A daughter, Donna, was born in 1963, and a son, Jody, was born in 1969. The time in Longview also marked a new spiritual beginning for the family, where they attended a small Baptist church; there, Susan rededicated her life to Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Susan was a good wife and mother, wanting the best for her husband and children. She showed it in her cooking, gardening, sewing matching dresses, and teaching good work skills. She enjoyed taking the children skating, tobogganing and swimming. In 1970, they moved to Rosthern, Saskatchewan, where Dave bought a gravel business. In 1972, their last daughter, Shanon, was born. At Rosthern, the family faithfully attended the Evangelical Missionary Church, and all the children grew to know and love the Lord. The family made frequent trips to Golden, British Columbia, and to Nipawin, to visit family. Susan went to work at the Rosthern Nursing Home, but always made herself available for her children; taking shifts that allowed her to be at home when the children needed her. In 1983, Susan, Dave, Jody, and Shanon, moved back to Nipawin, bringing them closer to family and old friends. They attended the Nipawin Apostolic Church and took in many Gospel Jamborees. As their family grew older, Susan loved organizing outings with her children and grandchildren, as well as taking pride in making all the different dishes each one enjoyed (and they all loved it, too). Susan never gave up on finding her birth siblings, she was determined and did eventually find all five. Susan took time for each one of them and got to know them the best that she could. She was also able to meet her father and stepmother (Helen Quiring) who had four children of their own. In total, Susan had 18 siblings. In July 2009, Susan and Dave celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Susan's life revolved around God and her family. She was always busy, yet she enjoyed hearing stories and telling stories too, as well as, going for late night walks with her children and grandchildren. Susan was also a woman of avid prayer, sensitive to the Lord, and was readily willing to support the needs of others. Her faith in Christ Jesus, and her love for her family--which came from her confident hope of what God had reserved for her (and others) in heaven (Colossians 1:4-5)--sustained her strong and vital faith. Within the last two years, both Susan and Dave's health were failing. Dave went to be with the Lord, on November 23rd, 2016, and this left a huge gap in Susan's world. Susan was not able to care for herself, so she moved into Pineview Nursing Home, yet still struggled with wanting her independence. Nevertheless, she embraced the kind and caring help she received at the home. The last few weeks saw a rapid decline in her health and she passed away Sunday, August 20th, with her daughter Bonnie, at her bedside. Susan was 78 years of age. She was deeply loved and will be missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many other relatives, and friends. Susan was predeceased by her loving husband, Dave Funk; parents, Abraham and Susan Sawatsky; sister, Elma (Boyko); brothers, Peter Sawatsky, Cornelius Wiebe, and Johnny Wiebe; step-sisters, Helena Stark, Elizabeth Leppky; step-brothers, Dave Derksen, Peter Derksen, Isaac Derksen, and Henry Derksen. Susan is lovingly remembered by her daughter Bonnie (Lloyd), daughter Brenda (John), son Ken, daughter Donna (Robin), son Jody (Shona), daughter Shanon (Dave); by her numerous grandchildren: Reshawn, Dale (Lacy), Carrie (Aaron), Jennifer (Justin), Carla (Reilly), Nathan (Jessica), Naaman (Lorae), Erin (Jared), Jenna, Cal, Jerdin (Jessie), Mic, Tanisha, Kenton, Benjamin, Janelle, and Alyssa; by her great-grandchildren: Chanise, Aaliya, Nicola, Jacob, Derek, Hailey, Cody, Thacia, Karis, Kyrie, Kelyn, Jayden and Jadeah; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Susan is survived by sisters: Lena Blooks, Betty (Wallace) Duhaime, Anne McMillian, Mary (Paul) Bueckert, and brother Cornelius (Kathy) Sawatsky; step-sisters Mary (Lester) Lokken, Justina (Jacob) Kusy, and step-brother John (Tina) Derksen. The funeral service was held on August 26, 2017 at the Nipawin Apostolic Church with Pastor Robin Brignall officiating. Susan was laid to rest in Mabel Hill Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to Salvation Army. To send online condolences please visit The family placed their trust with COVENTRY FUNERAL SERVICES Nipawin, SK 306-862-4233.13207331
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