WALL, Susan UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATON
May 1929 – March 2023
Sue Wall had a wonderful and impactful life; she passed away in March 2023.
Sue’s parents, Johann and Maria, came to Canada from Ukraine as Mennonite refugees in 1923, and they settled near the Blackstrap Valley in Saskatchewan.
Sue grew up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, where she completed grade school, including a year at Rosthern Junior College. She then began her teaching career with an 8-week teacher’s training program. Following completion of this training, she began her first teaching position at a rural one-room school in Generoux, Saskatchewan, teaching grades one to eight. After 3 years of teaching in rural one-room schools, she took a teaching position in Hague, Saskatchewan.
In Hague, Sue met Jake Wall, the love of her life, with whom she would enjoy 65 years of marriage. Jake and Sue had 3 children (Sharon, Dale, and Ron). Jake was part owner of Modern Motors, a local vehicle and machinery dealership, and later Hague Hardware store.
In the late 1960s, Sue renewed her teaching career with positions in Hague, Osler, and Martinsville, during which time she also returned to University to upgrade her teaching credentials. In 1968 the family moved to Saskatoon, SK.
In 1970, the family moved to Kelowna, where Sue began an 18-year period of teaching Grade 1 in various schools in the Kelowna area. Soon after arriving, the family became involved in Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church, where Sue and Jake continued to participate for the next 45 years. There are many good memories of the KGF days. One example would be Sue taking on the children’s story time, where she would read serialized stories that kept both the children and adults anxious to find out what was going to happen next week.
As a teacher, Sue was an educational innovator, deeply committed to helping her students learn to read, and she took many courses and introduced many innovations to teaching methods during her time in Kelowna Schools.
In 1990, Sue retired from teaching and began a two-year Mennonite Voluntary Service term at the Hopi Mission School near Kykotsmovi in the high desert, west of Flagstaff, Arizona. For both Sue and Jake, this was an interesting, though sometimes challenging experience.
During their later working and retirement years, Sue and Jake travelled extensively. They were able to go to Germany with Sue’s parents to see Sue’s mother’s family, who had recently been able to come to Germany from the USSR. They also took trips to the USSR and the United Kingdom.
Within Canada, they travelled to and welcomed family – be that parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Sue’s homemade bread, roll kuchen, sausage, and verenky (and many other specialties) have made a lasting impression on generations of her family. Sue also took up scrapbooking, and her homemade cards and scrapbooks have highlighted many events in her children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s lives.
Always interested in her family’s history, she worked with her sister Mary to translate letters written between her parents and her mother’s parents in Ukraine, during the difficult later years of the 1920s.
Jake passed away in 2016 at the age of 90. Sue moved to independent living at the Village at Mill Creek, where she continued to read, enjoy making cards and scrapbooks, and visiting with family and friends.
Sue is survived by two sisters, Helen and Mary; one brother, Dick; three children, Sharon, Dale, and Ron; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Johann and Maria; two brothers, Henry and Abe; and one sister, Mariecha, who died as a child in 1932.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023, at 1:00 pm, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.
Donations in Sue’s memory may be made to Mennonite Central Committee or Mill Creek Village through Baptist Housing.
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Friday, May 5, 2023, at 1:00 pm
Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC
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The service for WALL, Susan UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATON is scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2023, at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.
My condolences to the family. Jake and sue were close friends with my parents. I have tons of memories golfing and skiing with them when I was a child. People use to think sue and my mom were sisters. She will be missed. The memories will always be there.
Mom has such fond memories of your mom, Rick. She talked about your mother often and considered her a sister.
Sue was a lovely lady and I feel privileged to have known her for the short time I spent with her. Condolences to all of her family whom she was very proud of and spoke of often.
Thank you, Sandy. We so appreciate the support you provided to Mom at a very difficult time.
We would like to express our sincere condolences to all the families of Aunt Sue. We have fond memories of their visits to Hanley/ Saskatoon.