Sue Nickel, 80, of Abbotsford, died Thursday, August 2, at the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission, after a brief battle with cancer. Her husband of sixty years, Abe, held her hand as she passed to glory.
Susanne was born November 19, 1926, in the village of Felsenbach, Russia. Along with her parents and older brother, she escaped the aftermath of the Russian Revolution and immigrated to Canada in 1927. The family farmed in Saskatchewan until they moved to BC in 1933, where they farmed in Agassiz, and later in Abbotsford. After marriage to Abe Nickel in 1947, the couple moved to Vancouver to raise their family. Sue always had a positive influence on people, even if she just spent a few moments with them. Her enemies have never been found. She leaves behind a better world that is richer for her presence. Sue’s family will continue to love her, deeply and forever. She leaves behind her beloved husband Abe, sons Tom (and Margo), Mark (and Irene), Howard, Stan (and Kathy), and a daughter, Joyce (and Fabrizio); and grandchildren Aimee, Matthew, Benjamin, Joshua, Alicia, Tom, Kailey, Andrew, Connor, Nina, Katherine, and Charlotte. Her surviving siblings are Hilda Driedger, Abe, Tina Braun, Paul and Dan. Sue was preceded in death by brothers John, Henry, Wilhelm, and Neil; and sisters Frieda and Ann.
Friends and family celebrated her life on Tuesday, August 7, at Bakerview Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Christine Morrison Hospice, 7324 Hurd St., Mission, BC.