Michell, Sue (Othni Esther)

Sue (Othni Esther) Michell nee Priebbenow

15/5/1932 ~ 10/11/2020

Wife of John (dec)

Mother of Mark, Kim, Lee and Paul.

Mother-in-law to Sue, Leo, Arthur and Kay.

"Mutti" to grandchildren

Cass, Thea, Bianca, Jesse, Zoë, Luke, Jake, Vik and Stacey.

"Mutti" also to great-grandchildren

Sophie, Emma, Seth, Saturn, Blake, Koby, Eva, Gwen, Orion, Mia and Reagan.

A long, varied and blessed life.

Sue’s Funeral Service will be live streamed on

Thursday December 3rd, 2020 at 10.00am.

To view Sue’s service please visit the link below.



2 Tributes

  1. Sharon Burke
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    Sue was my beloved godmother and cousin, and a much loved presence throughout my life. She had a deep love for her family and friends, and was especially proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a long and varied life, and her warmth, resilience and intellect always shone through. We have always kept in touch, and I treasured her lovely letters and updates on the family and her life. Our shared interest in family history brought us even closer over recent years and I am so grateful that we spoke on the phone not long before her sudden passing.
    Sue met any challenges with good humour and an abiding faith.
    Sue and my mother Naomi Aird, her first cousin, now deceased, were like sisters, and shared many happy times, travelling together on a number of occasions. I feel privileged to have known Sue and very much feel her loss, however I am blessed with wonderful memories and photos of her over the years. Rest in peace dearest Sue and thank you for being you and for all you have been in my life.

  2. Michael Demy-Geroe
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    On Christmas day 1951, at the Bethleham Evangelical Lutheran church, then in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, a young 19 year-old Othni Priebbenow came forward from the congregation to stand as witness to my baptism. We were new arrivals in this country, displaced persons from Germany who knew no one, and my parents were still finding their feet. Pastor Theo Reimers officiated and the other witness was his wife Hanna. I believe the pastor wanted to perform the ceremony while we were attending the Christmas service as we lived a considerable distance away and had no transport. As a child, when I questioned my parents as to who my ‘godmother’ Othni was, I was told only that she was a very pretty and kind young German girl who, on the occasion of my unplanned baptism, had volunteered to sponsor me. I have no memory of having met Othni again and am unaware if my parents had further contact with her. But the portrait of her published here reveals the nature of the person described to me. I’m pleased she went on, as Mrs Sue Michell, to live a long, blessed and fulfilled life.

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