October 15, 1931 — October 31, 2004
On Sunday morning, October 31, 2004, Susan Mary Huebert passed away unexpectedly at Chilliwack General Hospital, and went to be with her Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Susan Huebert was born October 15, 1931, in a tiny community southeast of Nipawin, Saskatchewan, to John and Katie Matthies. She was the eldest of eight children. Life was hard on the family’s homestead and so, when she was 12, her family moved to Greendale. The 1948 flood damaged their home on Adams Road so her father built a new one beside it.
The family loved to sing and the four older children often sang as they worked side by side, rehearsing for church and school programs, Christmas concerts, and elderly friends.
On May 26, 1950 she married the love of her life, Walter Huebert, and their marriage was blessed with two children, Irene and Gordon. They lived on Corbould Street in Chilliwack, in a tiny bungalow Walter built in their first year of marriage and that she kept spotlessly clean and filled with love for her family. She sewed, gardened, prepared marvellous meals, and was always ready to welcome guests from far and wide. She loved to bake. When she married Walter, she also promised that she would always bake bread for him and she fulfilled that commitment through all 54 years of their marriage.
The tiny bungalow was too crowded for their growing family and Susan dreamed of a large, efficient kitchen and a house with big closets. Her dream came true in 1967 when she and Walter built their dream house together on Hodgins Avenue. Ever a hard worker, she shovelled gravel, carried lumber, hammered, painted, sanded, and did whatever it took to get the house built. She was ecstatic when she moved into their new home. They lived there happily for 26 years, then moved to a broiler farm on Lickman Road to begin a new phase of their life together.
She and Walter loved to cycle through the area and enjoyed camping with family and friends throughout the province. She was a great fisher, often landing a bigger catch than Walter—which prompted much playful banter between them.
Mom’s greatest joy was her family, and she was the “wind beneath their wings,” offering support and encouragement however she could. Meticulous with detail, she decorated fancy cakes for family celebrations, crocheted, sewed, embroidered, painted with acrylics, arranged silk and dried flowers, and collecting agates.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter, on June 25, 2004; her parents; her brothers-in-law Laverne Franklin; Jack Rose; Jake Letkeman; Jake Dyck; and Herb Tschritter.
She leaves behind a family who loved her dearly: Daughter Irene (Eric) Geng; Son Gordon (Trudy) Huebert; 7 grandchildren, Heather Geng; Brian (Jennifer) Geng; Theresa, Brandon, Jeremy, and Chelsea Huebert; 3 sisters, Elsie (Hugh) Connor; Lil Franklin; Lottie Rose; 4 brothers, John Matthies; Neil (Ann) Matthies; Ben (Edith) Matthies; Ken (Marty) Matthies; Sister-in-law Erna Letkeman.
Special thanks to Dr. Paul Basson, Dr. Bernie Schopf and the Chilliwack General Hospital staff for their care of Susan during her illness.
Viewing will take place on Thursday, November 4, 2004 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home 45865 Hocking Ave, Chilliwack
Funeral service: Friday, November 5, 2004 at 1:30 pm at Chilliwack Alliance Church, 8700 Young Road, Chilliwack.