Susan Zender
June 15, 1960 – October 16, 2017

Susan Zender (nee Alferink) passed away peacefully and surrounded by love at the Freeport Palliative Care Unit on Monday, October 16, 2017. Loving wife of Carl for 37 years. Proud mother of Sierra (Jamieson), and Dustin. Cherished Nana to Owen and Lina. Beloved daughter of Bernie and Dora Alferink and daughter-in-law of the late Manfred and Edna Zender. Treasured sister to Phillip and Linda Alferink and sister-in-law to Terry and Don Sowieja. Susan will be affectionately remembered by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Susan was diagnosed with Appendiceal Cancer in August 2012. She battled through the past 5 years with positivity, courage and a faith that was unshakable. A very special thank you to all the Nurses, Doctors, and Surgeons at Grand River Hospital, Freeport Palliative Care and CCAC for their support and belief that she was a living miracle. Susan was given the gift of time and used it to the fullest, she was a beacon of hope and inspiration to many. Susan’s family will receive relatives and friends from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Saturday October 21 at the New Apostolic Church, 160 Margaret Ave, Kitchener. A celebration of life service will follow the visitation at 3:00 pm. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the New Apostolic Church (, click on GIVE in the navigation bar and follow the link), Grand River Cancer Centre or Freeport Palliative Care program can be arranged by contacting Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 519-743-8900.