Susie R. Maes was reunited with her beloved husband Leo in heaven on January 1st, 2011. Susie was born to Rufina and Julian Padilla, in Ramey, Colorado, on October 5th, 1926. Susie lived in Walsenburg the majority of her life and then spent time in Pueblo and Denver the last couple of years.
Susie was the Matriarch of the Maes family. She was a loving and devoted wife, nurturing and compassionate mother, and faithful child of God. Susie always made sure that anyone who came into her home became a part of her family. She opened her doors to all and made sure that everyone was made to feel welcome, was fed, and had shelter.
Susie loved children. Besides the eleven children she raised, she often cared for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Susie also found time to work with the developmentally challenged and was also a foster mother.
As many said, “Once you met Susie, you had to love her. There was no other way”. Susie befriended many, many people throughout her life and never forgot a face. When she would meet someone she met before she would always ask “don’t I know you from somewhere” and a conversation would ensue. Anyone who met Susie thought the world of her. She was kind, loving and extremely generous, making sure she always had a gift to give away.
She leaves the following children to cherish wonderful memories of their beloved Mother: Dennis (Donna) Maes, Norman Maes, Leona (Dennis) Kendall, Ed (Elaine) Maes, Bernadette (George) Langbein, Lori (Stephen) King, Leo Jr. (Debra) Maes, Ken (Kendra) Maes, Dee (Mario) Sandoval, La Verne (Michael) Johnson, and Robert (Veronica) Maes.
Fondly known as Nonny, she leaves the following grandchildren: Melissa Maes-Johnson, Lise Maes, Stephanie and Thomas Martinez, Daniel Maes, Sarah Langbein, Jennica and Leo Maes, III, Eric Vigil, Travis and Kourtney Maes, Susan and Lauren Sandoval, and Trebor Maes, along with numerous great and great-great grandchildren.
Susie’s lovely smile, soft touch, and the many hugs and kisses she gave will be missed by all.
Mama, we will miss you, but we will always feel your loving arms wrapped around us.
Your loving family.
Viewing will be at Boise-Ortega Funeral Home from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, Thursday, January 6th.
A Rosary will be held at 7 pm, Thursday, January 6th, at St. Mary Catholic Church.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, Friday January 7th, 10 am.
Following the Funeral Mass, a graveside Mass will follow at the North St. Mary cemetery.