REMPEL Susanne 1912 - 2006 Our beloved mother, oma, great and great-great-oma went to be with her Heavenly Father on May 16, 2006, three days before her 94th birthday. She was born in Blumenort, a Dutch-German Mennonite settlement in the Ukraine. She lost her mother Eva Gossen (Walman) when she was five and her father Abram Gossen at the age of nine. At this time, she was taken into the Warkentin-Baier home, where she grew up during the violent and often bloody communist revolution. Mom had a hard life, but never complained. She accepted the Lord Jesus into her life and was baptized in 1928. In 1930, she married David Rempel who was conscripted by the retreating Russian army in 1941 as the Germans invaded Russia in World War II. They did not meet again until forty years later. He passed away in 1992. Her entire village was evacuated by wagon train in 1943 as the German army retreated. She stayed in Germany until 1948 when her brother-in-law, Abe Rempel and his wife Anna sponsored them to come to Canada where the family arrived December 24, 1948. She spent the last eleven years in the Chinook nursing home, where she found the staff to be most caring. We thank them. She recently lost a dearly beloved great-granddaughter Elli-Rose Bartel. She is survived by her daughter Sonja Kirkpatrick-Kerber (Gunter) and her daughters, Heidi Friesen (Willi), Jodi, Jill Loeffler (Ron), Deborah Kirkpatrick (Hans Schowalter), Elizabeth, Glenna, Sandy Kowalski (Parnell), Justine, Amber, Robert, Elisa; and by her son Victor Rempel (Sylvia), and their children, Don Rempel (Janice), Jeffery, Jennifer, Angela Grams (Kelly), Corie Loewen (Chad), Kennedy, Kayden, Landon (Theresa), Tammy Bartel (Dick), Somerlea, Jessalayne, Carol Bartel (Wilf), Christalea, Candice and Bethany. Mom's priorities were God first and family next. She enjoyed our family gatherings where she showered us with good food, gifts, and most of all, love. We will miss her very much. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at First Mennonite Church, 2600 Richmond Road S.W., Calgary, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MCC, Trinity Mennonite Church, Menno Simons School (7000 Elkton Drive S.W., Calgary, AB T3H 4Y7), or the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME, Reception and Cremation Centre, 304 - 18 Avenue S.W. Phone: 228-4422.