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Passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the age of 90 years. She is survived by her children, Fred of West Kelowna, Craig of Victoria, Marilyn Shpak of Victoria and Roger of Victoria; 6 grandchildren, Rodney, Rachel, Renee, Kresta, Jodi-Lynne and Russell; 7 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and siblings, George, Clarence and Daphne, all of Newfoundland. Susan is sadly predeceased by her husband Van, infant daughter Sandra, oldest son Ed, two sisters Ruth and Milicent, and her brother Joe. A Celebration of Susan’s Life will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna. Floral arrangements are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be made to the Kelowna Respiratory Club/Better Breathers of BC, c/o Community Care, 118 – 1835 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3H5. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolence.”




PLEASE NOTE SERVICE TIME IS Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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Floral arrangements are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be made to the Kelowna Respiratory Club/Better Breathers of BC, c/o Community Care, 118 - 1835 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3H5


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The service for REEDER, Susan is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Brent & Mary Cole says:

    To all my cousins and their families,
    Even though I have never met most of you Aunt Sue told me fond stories of you all during her trips home to Newfoundland over the years. I had a special connection with Aunt Sue and remember her giving me loving words of encouragement after my terrible traffic accident that nearly took my life back in 2006. She is a special lady and I’ll miss her a lot. Please accept condolences on behalf of my wife Mary and I.
    Brent Cole

  • Daphne Cole says:

    A tribute to my sister Sue:
    Sometimes I dream of times gone by of a house by the side of the road. Only memories now of a life of love, of the family and a girl named Sue.

    Being the youngest child, my sister Sue had already moved away. Throughout my younger years I heard her stories, read the letters of places far away. Time goes by and then for a few precious years I would cherish her visits back home.

    Later years we became very close sisters sharing life stories. Her visits to my home were always cherished and rewarding. I was able to speak to her for the last time at her closing hour and at that time I sensed that she had a peace that can only come from God.

    I will miss her. I will miss the many phone calls, calls that will never come again. I thank God that she has completed her life’s journey and is now at rest with love ones and with God and the Angels. She will never die but will live forever in my heart.

    To: Fred, Marilyn, Craig, and Roger and the extended family: I am thinking of you all at this time. Please be assured that I will always remember you and will keep you in my prayers. “May I always be a chip in the woodbox of your memories.”

    Daphne Cole (Penney)

  • diane hobley ( gordanier ) says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss your mom very much.My husband and myself are coming to Kelowna this summer and were planning on visiting with Sue.I was so looking forward to seeing her. Michael and Diane

  • George & Daphne Penney says:

    My Tribute To A Dear Sister-
    Today it is with heavy hearts that we say good-bye to a sister, sister-in-law and a dear friend. She was very much a family woman and held all that family entailed so dear to her heart. Although she spent her lifetime in the west, so far removed from her family roots in Newfoundland, her ties with her island home were never broken. It would probably be fair to say that, somewhere in the back of her mind, she consciously pondered her roots and her Newfoundland heritage on a daily basis. She placed great value on everything that the land of her birth had instilled into her character and how it made her the woman that she was. Any reference to her home in conversation sparked immediate interest and was deserving of acknowledgement and elaboration.
    Sue was the oldest in a family of seven… four daughters and three sons. Being the first born meant that she was often caught up in doing motherly chores and making significant contributions to the child rearing process. Recognizing need and having an appreciation for accomplishment were among the things she learned at an early age. These and so many other involvements in daily life and living were what helped mold her character and made her the whole and mature woman that she was.
    It will take some considerable time to make adjustments to not having my sister in my life. Rarely ever did a week go by when we didn’t share and hour or more on the phone. There was never a problem to find some interesting topic to discuss when Sue was on the other end of the line and invariably the topic would come back to her roots here on the island. It was always a pleasure for me to accommodate her interests as, I too, feel just as strongly about my roots. That’s a dominant characteristic of our Newfoundland heritage and we are so proud of it.
    Sue we will all miss you greatly. You were such an important part of our lives despite the distance that separated us. Love has a way of eliminating the barrier of distance and makes the ‘here and now’ of living so much more meaningful. We acknowledge that life for your family, your friends and even those fortunate enough to have met you only casually will be a little less fulfilling brought about by the presence of your empty chair. We loved you as you lived and will continue to love and cherish your memory. Your presence among us enriched our lives and made our journey a pleasant one. Our memories will live on and the sheer joy of having known you was more than we could have ever have wished for. Your memory will endure; Rest in peace.

  • Daniel Short says:

    My condolences go out to the family at this time. My Grandfather was Sue’s younger brother and he always spoke very highly of her as did my Grandmother. Even talking to Nan today about their last trip to BC to see Sue I could hear the affection in her voice. All the best to the family in your time of grieving from myself and my wife Melissa

  • Bonnie Clarke says:

    In memory of Aunt Sue and to all my cousins and family. I am Daphne’s oldest daughter and like aunt Sue that meant you felt like you had more responsibility to your family growing up. She was indeed a wonderful woman and I loved to spend time with her when she came home to Newfoundland. She was so much like nan Penney not only in her looks but had a very strong sense of family and values. All of which I value today. My nan was a very important person in my life growing up. So I can only imagine how aunt sue was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother,sister and mentor to all of you. As I reflect today I would like to say that she will always be in my heart and thoughts forever. She was a very special person. Mom and uncle George will surely miss her! My thoughts and prayers are with you all now. God bless! Aunt Sue may you forever rest in peace and be reunited with you’re mom and dad ! Love you!

  • Barbara Butt says:

    To all my extended family in Kelowna.. As Brent said in a previous message, I didn’t have an opportunity to meet any of you but rest assured Aunt Suse and Nan Penney always kept me familiar with many pictures of you guys over the years. I also loved visiting with Aunt Suse during her visits here in NL and will miss them dearly! Loved hearing all her stories! Rest in peace Aunt Suse! May we cherish all your precious memories in our hearts forever! Xo

    Barbara (Cole) Butt and family

  • Fay and Rick Short says:

    Our hearts are very saddened with the news of Aunt Sue’s passing and we would like to express our deepest condolences to each of you and your families. “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller –

  • Roscoe & Isabelle Cole, Victoria, NL says:

    To the Reeder Family:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Although we do not personally know the members of your immediate family, Daphne (Cole) Susan’s sister is our sister- in law, and we are acquainted with Susan’s brother, George Penney.

    Roscoe & Isabelle Cole
    Victoria, NL

  • Brad says:

    Hello Marilyn Fred, Craig and Rodger. What a beautiful picture of Aunt Sue! It is with the heaviest heart that I send my condolences to you and your families on the learning that Aunt Sue has passed on. It was only a short time ago that I visited her at her home in Kelowna and we had a beautiful dinner together. I said a short time ago but it was probably five years and I was in Kelowna on business. I knew she was living there so I called home and asked Mom for her phone number. When Aunt Sue answered and I told her who I was there was no leaving the town without a visit and a meal, by oh by, when i walked into the home, she was there with her arms held out and what a hug! I will never forget that evening and the fact she so reminded me of our Nan she was comforting and what a beautiful chat we had. We talked for at least two hours. Yes, that was probably five years ago and i still can see her face and delightful smile today. It is very sad that she had to leave us but her memory will be with me forever. My deepest condolences, please keep in touch and God Bless. I wish I could be there with you and your families during this sad moment in your lives. There are so many stories we can share. Please send me some pictures for keepsake. Your Mom, my aunt Sus, was very special.

    Brad, Kim, and family

  • Fay & Rick Short says:

    Our hearts are heavy today as we reflect on the memories of Aunt Sue. Her warm smile and jovial laughter will be forever etched in our minds. Our thoughts are with our family as they endure this difficult time. Peace be with you.

  • Barbara Butt says:

    To all my extended family in Kelowna…As Brent said in his message, I didn’t have the opportunity to meet any of you but rest assured that Aunt Suse and Nan Penney always kept me familiar with many pictures of you guys over the years. I also loved visiting with Aunt Suse during her visits here in NL and will miss her dearly. loved hearing all her stories! Rest in peace Aunt Suse! May we cherish your precious memories in our hearts forever.xo
    Barbara (Cole) Butt and family

  • Renee Reeder says:

    Ode’ to Grandma Sue
    To be a grandchild is a wonderful position to hold, no homework no chores, just time from grandma showered our childhoods with love.
    The weight of love is measured in the smallest deeds, one moment by one moment added together over time, which is how my grandma grew our minds. Like a flower she tended with love all the while she knitted she cooked she grew wonder, one vine at a time.
    Every conversation was witty, with a chance of sunshine, she added love like water slowly over time.
    As we all grew older the conversations changed they grew they morphed she always had a bright mind and a place in her heart for exchange.
    Grandma Sue had a sensitive soul with tenderness and the time to listen she proved she was there. She even bought us new underwear!
    Like a torch she lit ours souls on fire she gave us wisdom and kindness she made life safe and her heart gave us a shelter that can never be replaced.

    We will miss her more than my words can ever express. Grandma Sue thank you.

    For me she was more than a Grandmother when my mom died she picked up the broken sticks of my soul and helped me to heal, she was at each of my graduations and my wedding she gave me more than my silly words can express. I found her vibrant and witty I absolutely loved to soak myself in her mind like a sponge she gave me so much in so many different ways. I loved her spirit she was a strong resourceful woman. Born in the depression sadness was always a part of her life she shared hope and kindness and could embrace almost any conversation. I will miss her advice, I respected her opinions, I longed for her approval. I hope her torch is carried in kind moments given away like seeds in the wind. I miss you

  • Ken Gordanier and family says:

    I’M very sorry to here about Sue Reeder passing, My condolences to your familiy from the Gordaniers

  • Geraldine Gushaty says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family. She was very special to us all and will be missed greatly.
    With Love,
    Geraldine and Family

  • Linda Sellen says:

    Hal and I were Sue’s neighbours at Casorso Gardens and were saddened to learn of her passing. She was a delightful lady and we enjoyed her friendship during our time as neighbours. Our deepest sympathy to Sue’s family; she may be gone but won’t be forgotten.

    Hal and Linda Sellen

  • Eileen Montgomery says:

    To a very special lady.I’ll miss you Sue…especially our day trips hunting grouse,SUV trips on mountain bk roads around Mable Lake, yard sales picnics. Our long phone conversations both of past & present. Luv u Sue.Eileen

  • Elisha Frank says:

    I was saddened to hear about the news of (Great) Aunt Sue. I have some very warm memories of Aunt Sue. My first memories of her would be when I was a small child and she lived on the farm. I remember her and Uncle Van showing us their well-established garden and eating her chicken salad sandwiches. I believe that’s the first time I remember having chicken salad, and I remember them being delicious. I remember when she came to Edmonton, I would always make an effort to visit with her because she was so warm and easy to talk to. Another nice memory I have is when I visited her and Uncle Van at their home in Kelowna when my Grandma Jewel was visiting there as well. Her home was immaculate, and the flowers in her front yard and on the back deck were of abundance (as shown in the photo I have attached). I remember her love of cooking and being fortunate enough to be able to sample her meals, such as her homemade tomato soup and her pineapple chicken. I still have that recipe that she passed on to me; however, when I made it, it just wasn’t quite as yummy as Aunt Sue’s. I remember sitting with Aunt Sue and my grandma and listening to them laugh and share stories and memories. My grandma was so very fond of Aunt Sue as is my mother, Judy.
    The service was a nice tribute to her, and Rachel’s words mirrored how I felt about my grandma.
    In the photo I have attached, Aunt Sue was 70; Uncle Van, 85 and my grandma, 79.

    Take Care, Elisha (Farrell) Frank

  • Jean Todd says:

    Condolences to all the Reeders on your loss.

    Jean Todd (formerly of Forestbrook)

  • David Reeder says:

    So sad to read of Aunt Sue’s passing. I fondly remember the family reunion near Calgary. Uncle Van was my dad Cloren’s brother. My siblings are Patrick, Dallas, and Margaret. Our mom was Lura. Too bad that family drifts apart. I pray that all involved have peace of heart knowing that Van and Sue are once again a couple.

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