Helen Suderman (nee Wiebe)
1926 ~ 2021
Helen was born in the village of Reinfeld to Peter P. and Susanna (Friesen) Wiebe on July 24, 1926. She died on Friday June 4, 2021 at the age of 94 years. Helen was baptized upon her confession of faith in the Sommerfelder Mennonite Church in 1946 and later that year on September 29th, she married Frank Suderman.
In 1956, Frank and Helen purchased a farm south of Winkler and Helen became not only a wife, mother, but also a business partner to her husband. In later years they were able to travel and visits to Europe and the Holy Land were highlights for them. Helen also made many friends when they spent winters in Arizona. In retirement Frank and Helen moved to Crocus Village where they were able to live actively and independently until he passed away and she moved in the Buhler Active Living Centre. There she was a social presence until her death. Helen was active in her church and community. She served as a Sunday School teacher for 20 years and was a DVBS teacher in the Winkler Bergthaler Church for 18 years. She worked with Child Evangelism Mailbox Club for 15 years, was a 4H club leader, and active in the Bethel Ladies Aid. She was also a wonderful grandmother and enjoyed reading stories to her grandchildren and, when they were older and attending High School near their home, the grandchildren all came for lunch every Thursday during the school year.
Helen is survived by her daughters, Catherine Dorothy (Nick) Heide, Hilda Helen (Cornie) Fehr and Diana Susan (Hans) Werner, eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and two sisters. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank Suderman and son, Bruce.