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Susie Eremenko was born on August 6, 1925 in Menno South Dakota to loving parents David and Katie Stahl. When Susie was six years old, her family moved from central United States up to Southern Alberta. The Stahl family settled at the Wolf Creek Colony near Stirling, Alberta. In 1956, Susie’s family moved again to Maple Creek. This is where she would meet her future husband, and be the home for their two sons. In September of 1957, Susie married Paul Eremenko, a local rancher in the area. Together, they made a new life for themselves on the ranch north of the Cypress Hills.
Hard work never scared Susie. Most of the time you could find Susie in her garden, tending to her milk cows, or helping Paul out in the field. Susie was known for running an impeccable house. It was always spotless with fresh baked goods on the counter, but as Susie would say, “a woman’s work is never done”. Almost everyone in the countryside knew that Susie was an amazing cook. She cooked many traditional meals, but also made her own recipes. It was guaranteed that she would be using her own poultry, beef, garden produce, or cream. Susie’s pies and kuchen were legendary; no one could make them better.
Susie had many different passions throughout her life. On the ranch she had her milk cows, chickens, and garden. She had a successful little business running where she was selling cream from her cows and also making cheese. Each spring Susie would get baby chicks and raise them, which provided farm fresh eggs throughout the year and broilers for eating in the fall. Her garden on the ranch was massive. She would grow enough produce to eat during the summer, then can the rest for the winter months.
Paul and Susie raised both of their sons, Les and Barry, on the ranch. These were some of the best days of their lives. In time, the boys took over the ranch with Paul and Susie retiring in Maple Creek in 1989. They may have owned a house in town, but they were still driving out to the ranch everyday to checkup. With time those visits turned into every other day, then weekly, then monthly visits once they became more adjusted to retirement.
Susie’s pride and joy of retirement was her little Yorkie, Holly. During Christmas of 1993 the family went together to buy her a little Yorkie puppy. The pure shock and joy on her face that Christmas morning is something that the family will never forget.
Susie was one of those rare souls that you meet that are kind and gentle to everyone at all times, even to people that wronged her in the past. All she asked for in return was to be respected. Wherever she went, she wore a smile, which was contagious to all. Susie adored and love her sons Les and Barry, and her seven grand children. Susie will truly be missed by her family, friends, and neighbors.
The Eremenko family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Eatonia Oasis Living where Paul and Susie resided in their final years. Thank you for everything that you did over the years and most importantly for treating them like family. Thank you also to Eleanor and all the ladies at the United Church for putting together a beautiful service for Susie.
Susie is predeceased by her husband, Paul Eremenko. By her parents, David and Katie Stahl. By her siblings and spouses; Katie (Joe), Annie (Sam), David, Joshua, Elisabeth, John (Susie), Mary (Josh), Darius, Joe, Jacob. By her brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws; Tony (Mary) Eremenko, John (Edith) Eremenko, Mary (Steve) Petro, Caroline (Edward) Lambie, Jean (Gottlieb) Heine, Pete (Kate) Eremenko, Nick Eremenko, Elsie (Allan) Stack.
Susie is survived by her sons and their spouses; Leslie (Sandra) Eremenko, Barry (Joanne) Eremenko. By her grandchildren Evan, Laurel, Bobbi, Carli, Colton, Carter, and Saddler Eremenko. By her brother-in-law and sister-in-laws; Mike, Mary, Katie, Sarah, Becky, Mag Lena, Bonnie Eremenko, and numerous nieces and nephews.