The Beaverton community is mourning the loss of Susie Olhiser, a member of the village’s Legion branch for more than four decades.
Olhiser passed away Monday (Feb. 5) afternoon at the age of 68, leaving behind her husband of 45 years, three children and five grandchildren.
“Anyone who knew Susie knew she had three loves — family, friends and Branch 135, in that order,” said her longtime friend and Legion comrade Tracy Perry.
Olhiser will be remembered for her compassionate nature and outgoing personality.
“She could always put a smile on your face. She knew everyone and if she didn’t know you, she’d get to know you before you left. She treated many of us like family. If something was happening in our lives, good or bad, she was right beside us to celebrate or to help pick up the pieces,” Perry said.
“Whether she was at the Legion or at home, she would always be checking up on anyone who needed it. Susie was one of a kind. We have lost a wonderful lady but heaven gained a great angel that will be watching over us all.”
In recognition of her service to the community, Olhiser was presented with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 by Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Barry Devolin.
The following is the nomination submitted by her daughter, Lisa Sumrall, that was shared by the Beaverton Legion upon her passing.
“Born and raised in Beaverton, Susie Olhiser was a part of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 135 practically her whole life. Susie became a member of the Beaverton Legion in 1973, as well as the ladies auxiliary in 1978,” it reads.
“Since then, she has been helping wherever and whenever she was needed. Whether its planning fundraisers or parties to dinners or weddings, Susie was always there to lend a helping hand with her many talents and seemingly limitless energy. Above all, Susie is a beautiful mother of three who puts her heart and soul into everything she does. She is a role model to all that know her.”
In addition to her volunteer efforts with the Legion, Olhiser co-ordinated the Beaverton Scout Group for more than two decades before launching a new Scouting group in Brechin.
In October, Olhiser received a Canada 150 medal from MP Jamie Schmale, Devolin’s successor in the riding.
During her funeral service at the branch on Saturday (Feb. 10), the music video for ‘Sheriff’ by Canadian band The Strumbellas, which starred Olhiser and other Legion members, was played.