Susanna Engwerda, a resident of the Rosebridge Manor in Eastons Corners for the past four months, passed away there on Tues., July 30, 2013. She was 90.
Susanna was born in Emmer-Compascum, The Netherlands on July 26, 1923, to her parents, Johan Rudolf Tholen (1967) and Maria Wilhelmina Wessels (1946), the second of seven daughters who were followed, to the immense relief of her father, by twin boys.
Susanna or Leida, as she was known to her family, married Gerben Engwerda in January of 1954, and they immigrated to Canada to join two of Susanna’s sisters and their families in Calgary. It was here that they started their family, became Canadian citizens, and were proud Albertans for 13 years. In July of 1967, they moved east and settled on a farm at RR # 2 Chesterville, where the love of the land was instilled into their children. Upon retirement, Susanna and Gerben travelled extensively to Holland, the prairies, and enjoyed a three-month stay in Australia. In 1993, Morrisburg became their home, and she lived in this close-knit community longer than she had lived anywhere since coming to Canada. Following Gerben’s death in 2000, she continued to cross the pond almost annually, and made many memories with her dear friends as they enjoyed countless bus trips exploring both Canada and the U.S.
In 2011, she successfully conquered cancer, and it was shortly afterwards in January of 2012, that she made the move to The Hartford Retirement Centre where she resided until April of this year. The last months saw her at Rosebridge Manor in Eastons Corners, where she was surrounded by the compassion and laughter of caregivers who treated her as family. They are second to none.
She is survived by her children, Mary-Anne and John Gibson, and their children, Virginia (Ian) and Allison (Shawn); Susanna and John Cayer, and their children, Jason, Curtis, J.J., Bobby, Matthew, Louise and Luc; and Gerald, and his children, Nathan and Alexis. She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren, Aurora, Peyton, Kai, and Marie-Eve, who brought endless delight to their “Moma.” She was predeceased by her husband, Gerben, her granddaughter, Christina Gibson, her sisters, Marietje and Elisabeth, and her brother Gerard, who have welcomed her to Heaven with loving arms. Susanna is also survived by her sisters, Wilhelmina of Calgary, Lenie (Jan), Greta (Willy), and Graddy, and her brother Hennie (Lenie), all of Holland, and sisters-in-law, Maria of Australia and Marietje of Holland.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Fri., Aug. 2 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A C.W.L. service was held on Friday evening at 6:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Morrisburg on Sat., Aug. 3 at 10 am with Father Chisholm officiating, followed by interment at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery in Smiths Falls, where Susanna was laid to rest with Gerben and Christina. The pallbearers were John Gibson, John Cayer, Gerald Engwerda, Nathan Engwerda, Ian Larochelle, and Shawn Caron.
Donations to the Alzheimer Society or St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com.