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Date of Passing: Jul 11, 2023

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Susan Patricia Howe on July 11, 2023, at the age of 72. Although she had been bravely fighting the challenges of pulmonary fibrosis, her departure was unexpected, leaving her family and friends in shock and grief.

Susan was born with a deep love for nature, and this affection stayed with her throughout her life. Her beloved home on Dromore Lake, at Lake Metigoshe, was where she found solace and tranquility. It was there, surrounded by the beauty of the natural world she adored, that Susan peacefully left this world. Her loving husband, John, and her loyal dog, were faithfully by her side. It was a departure fitting for someone who had such an appreciation for life's wonders.

From a young age, Susan had an innate love for animals and critters of all sizes, and this passion remained a constant in her life. But it was her love for family that truly defined her. Susan cherished her brothers, Dr. Gordon Howe and Robin Howe, along with their families. Susan was predeceased by her elder sister, Margaret Thiel, who was the mother of Jennifer (Kobe) Davis and Deborah Thiel of Calgary. While her passing has left a void in their lives, her memory will forever remain in their hearts.

Her love for John Hasselfield, her husband and soulmate of over 30 years, was evident to all who knew them. John's unwavering care and support during her battle with illness were nothing short of extraordinary. Susan embraced John's extended family as her own, forming special bonds with the nieces and nephews of the Hasselfield clan.

Throughout her life, Susan touched the lives of many friends she met along her journey. Her creative spirit and unique perspective on the world were true gifts that enriched the lives of those around her. She pursued a successful career in the advertising field, contributing her talents to CKND and Foster Advertising. Additionally, she pursued her passion for art, even holding her first art show at the Manitoba Archives Library in Winnipeg. This journey culminated in The Studio in Deloraine, Manitoba, where her artistic expression blossomed.

In her 20s, Susan embarked on an extensive European journey, where she discovered her love for sailing aboard a tall ship. The experiences she gathered during that time shaped her character and influenced her life's path.

Susan Patricia Howe will be deeply missed, but her spirit will forever live on through the memories shared by her family and friends. Her kindness, creativity, and love for nature have left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing her. As we mourn her passing, let us also celebrate the beautiful life she lived and the remarkable legacy she leaves behind.

A lakeside memorial service to honour Susan's life will be held at Susan and John’s residence 1078 Shears Bay on Lake Dromore on Friday, July 21, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to a nature conservation or animal welfare charity of your choice, in remembrance of Susan's lifelong passions.

Messages of condolence may be made online at

Smith Funeral Home

(204) 747-2088 -

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 19, 2023

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My condolences to John and all the Howes, Thiels and Hasselfields, I am truly sorry for your loss. Susan was a very important part of my teenage years. She's as big or perhaps even bigger influence on me then The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel were. She has left an impression on me that has lasted more then 57 years, we remained friends all these years, partly through Facebook. We shared a love for poetry, art and black and white photography. Susan encouraged me to pursue my art, my life is better for knowing her. - Posted by: angelo gentili (Friend) on: Jul 19, 2023

  • So sorry to hear of Susan's passing. I worked with Susan for a couple of years at CKND. She left a lasting impression on me. She was one of the most caring people I have ever met. Think of her often. RIP Susan. You will be missed. - Posted by: Lynne Lamirande (coworker from CKND) on: Jul 19, 2023

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