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Susan Lynn Treleaven

November 22nd, 1950 – March 5th, 2019


In the early evening of March 5th, 2019, Susan Treleaven passed away peacefully at Pinecrest Home with her dear friend, Theresa Bowen by her side.


Susan’s memory and unwavering strength will forever be cherished by her family: children Darren (Karli) Treleaven, Ryan Treleaven and Michelle (Todd) Spencer, along with her beloved grandchildren Erica (Bryan), Tora, Samantha, Jaxon and Emma, whom all were the light of her life.  She is also survived by her sister Shannon (Michael) Horan, nephews Sean (Jennifer) Horan, Dale (Terri) Horan along with her Great Aunt Isabelle Kearney, several cousins and a network of very close and supportive friends.  Susan was predeceased by her parents Robert and Bernice Yates.


In 1955, five-years after her birth in Russel, Manitoba, Susan and her family moved to Kenora, Ontario.  Susan graduated from Beaver Brae Secondary School, taught baton and participated in many community parades.  Susan was employed as a licensed Hairdresser until she married and relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba to start her family.


Susan returned to Kenora with her three children in 1988.  This was the beginning of many years of dedication to seniors and physically disabled community members.  She joined the Community Support Services team, at Pinecrest Home for the Aged, where she developed and helped operate the Club Day Away Program until her own disability of Multiple Sclerosis prevented her continued employment.  This did not stop Susan from supporting her community as she joined the Lake of the Wood Physically Handicap Action Group Board and began the “Borrowing Cupboard” which she ran for over 15-years out of the basement of her family home.  Susan continued to be an active board member until weeks before her death. 


Susan will always be admired for her strength and perseverance as no matter her health issues she maintained control over her life through unmatched resilience.  Regardless of how she felt, Susan ensured her children and grandchildren had a life like no other, her friends had lots of laughs and support and she never gave up helping those in need.  Left behind are many holes in many hearts and lives.  We find strength in knowing Susan will always be with us and that she will finally be able to share in those special experiences her health had prevented her from doing in the past. 


The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to her very close friends who were with her in her final days and all the amazing staff at Pinecrest Home for all their support, care and compassion during her short stay. 


A Memorial Service will be held at Pinecrest Home on Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake of the Woods Handicap Action Group “Borrowing Cupboard” Inc. c/o Pinecrest Home, 1220 Valley Drive, Kenora, ON  P9N 2W8  


The Tree


I see myself within this tree so twisted and bent by time

Not perfect as all can plainly see

I don’t think it was meant to be


I see courage and beauty when I look at this tree

I hope my love ones see some in me


Like everything on earth this tree will die and cease to be

But I will live as long as there is someone who remembers me


Bernice Yates