“Absent from the body, present with the Lord”
Meta passed away suddenly, at the age of 91, on October 6, 2018, in Edmonton, AB. She was born on November 14, 1926 in Halmbruch, West Prussia.
She is survived by her husband of almost 55 years, Werner; and children Dan Sudfeld (Marlene) and Andrea Schroth (Dan); along with eight grandchildren – Ben, Andrew, Mac, Jakob, Dawson, Abigail, AJ and Landon. She is also survived by her siblings – Paul, Heinz, Alma, Trudy and Walter, along with many nieces and nephews and their children. She was predeceased by her parents, Jakob and Alma Maretzki, along with siblings, Edmund, Wilhelm, Hilde and Albert.
The Funeral Service will take place at 11 am on Saturday, October 13 at McKernan Baptist Church, 11103 76 Ave, Edmonton. Interment is at Glenwood Cemetery, following the Service and reception. Donations may be made to either “McKernan Baptist Church Building Fund” or “Wetaskiwin Mission Church.” The Service will also be accessible via live stream at www.mckernanbaptist.ca (click “Live Service”)
Meta was born in West Prussia (now Poland) to German parents. After the war, she was forced to take flight, by foot, from West Prussia with her older sister, eventually escaping to West Germany, where she was reunited with her family. She then immigrated to Winnipeg in 1953. She worked hard to acclimate to her new country of choice, learning English by working as a nanny/housekeeper and by watching football. She married Werner Sudfeld in 1963. She was an active member of Mission Baptist Church for over 50 years. With her children having settled in central Alberta, she and Werner moved to Edmonton in 2013. She remained active, enthusiastically attending the activities of her grandchildren, working Andrea’s garden, and enjoying fellowship with a new community of believers at McKernan Baptist Church.
Above all her earthly qualities, Meta was a Christian, by the grace of God, through faith in Christ. As such, she is now with Jesus, the One who died for her sins, as she repented and placed her trust in His perfect and sin-bearing life. She is now enjoying eternal life in the presence of her Lord and Savior.
It is that relationship she had with God, through Christ, that guided Meta’s life. The Lord gave her an amazing quality of loving people and serving people from all walks of life. She forged many friendships… through her work, through her church and in her neighborhood. She loved to visit. She loved to chat. She loved to work. She loved to play (especially Rook).
She was a loving wife, a precious mother, an exemplary grandmother, a loyal sister, a wise “Tante” (aunt), a faithful friend.
She will be dearly missed. But she leaves, for her family and friends, countless cherished memories.
Till we meet again…