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50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

Suzanne Kaufmann

Death Notice

Dr. Suzanne Carmen Kaufmann (née Hins) November 27th 1920 - February 22nd 2010 Born in 1920 of a French mother and a Walloon father in Lodelinsart, Belgium, Suzanne spent her early years in Belgium. " In 1928, her father, a government civil engineer and former Captain in the Belgian Army, was posted to the then Ruanda-Urundi and the Belgian Congo. Because of the risk of tropical diseases her parents decided to leave the seven-year-old Suzanne and her young sister, Colette, in the care of loving but stern grand-parents in LaPalisse, France. The absence was psychologically devastating for the sisters who did not see their parents for three years and the sensitive Suzanne cried almost every night, she revealed later. When her parents returned she attended high school in Belgium and then emigrated to Ruanda-Urundi and the Belgian Congo in 1938. Trapped by the outbreak of WWII she became a volunteer Red Cross nurse and then, like many of her countrymen in similar circumstances, migrated to South Africa in 1942 to further her education at the University of Cape Town. Although she knew no English, she rose to the challenge, graduating in medicine in 1947. She married a classmate and the family moved to Johannesburg in 1955 where Suzanne worked in city-run health clinics in the black townships of Soweto and Alexandria; her experiences there and events such as Sharpeville led to emigration to London, Ontario in 1972, and she completed a B.A. Honours degree in Visual Art and French at UWO. A brave woman, highly principled in the best French tradition, and an excellent mother, she determined to be a good Canadian immigrant and threw herself into life in London and at UWO. Like her parents she also immersed herself in the arts, antiques and jewellery. Suzanne died peacefully on February 22nd at 5:00 am in University Hospital of metabolic complications of at least two embolic strokes to the non-dominant cerebral hemisphere. Colette, a radiologist in Belgium, predeceased her. Admired, emulated, and deeply missed by her children Michele, Carol and Pierre, by her grandchildren Claudia, Martin, Jenna, Kaila, Justine and Thandi, she is also missed by a nephew Jean Hins (Belgium), second cousins in the French Paupy family, a loving sister-in-law Marguerite (South Africa) and her children Julienne (Australia) and Marcus (South Africa). Two three-year-old great-grandsons Treyson and Amani, survive her. Many friends in Canada and further afield will miss her.