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Sonya Hsieh

November 5, 1949 — June 3, 2024

West Chester, PA

Sonya Hsieh

謝素娥姐妹Sonya (11-5-1949 to 6-3-2024)


出生於台灣苗栗, 是家中排行最小的孩子, 在鄉間成長的過程養成熱愛自然、獨立自主的特質。天資聰穎, 喜愛閱讀, 廣泛涉獵各種知識, 先後在台北第一女子高級中學、台灣大學外文系等一流學府完成學業。

大學畢業後為分擔家計及照顧大姊家中年幼晚輩, 任教於台中豐原高商, 開始了為人師表的職涯, 以其精深的英文學養及淵博的文化內涵引導年輕學子, 深獲愛戴!

1980年代初, 進一步隻身赴美國賓州深造, 取得碩士學位, 其後受聘為Haverford High School中文老師Sonya體會中西文化的差異,精心設計各種教案, 讓不同文化背景的學生不只體驗語言文字的美, 更從語言學習過程中深入文化的探索, 半生的盡心奉獻造就無數學子, 也榮獲學校頒發的"年度優良教師"獎項, 成就其個人的人生價值!

Sonya一生戮力於教育界, 極盡熱情引領學子, 從文化的探索深入知識領域, 更進而學習體驗生活的態度。因基督耶穌為世人捨生的大愛和復活大能的感召,Sonya2014年受洗成為基督徒,致力宣揚耶穌基督的福音,並在教會中擔任服事同工。在她人生最後階段也幸蒙教會牧師師母、執事及教會的弟兄姊妹們盡心照顧Sonya 始終念念不忘對照顧她的教友們的感激! 教會及教友們的隆情厚誼更讓我們家人沒齒難忘!


謝素娥姐妹(Sonya)West Chester, PA202463日在充滿愛心的家人陪伴下安息主懷。




Sister Sonya Hsieh (11-5-1949 to 6-3-2024)

Born in Miaoli, Taiwan, she is the youngest child in her family. Growing up in the countryside, she developed a love of nature and independence. She is talented, loves reading, and has a wide range of knowledge. She completed her studies at Taipei First Girls' Senior High School and graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at a first-class University- Taiwan University.

After graduating from college, to support financially and take care of the young children in her older sister's family, she taught at Fengyuan Business High School in Taichung. She began her career as a teacher. She guided students with her profound English knowledge and cultural connotations; and was deeply loved!

In the early 1980s, she went to Pennsylvania, USA, to further her studies, and obtained a master's degree. Later, she was employed as a Chinese teacher at Haverford High School. Sonya understood the differences between Chinese and Western cultures and carefully designed various teaching plans. Her students of various cultural backgrounds not only experienced the language and Chinese characters but also appreciated the beauty and in-depth cultural exploration in the language learning process. Half of her lifetime of dedication has educated countless students. She also won the "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" award issued by the school, which was one of the highlights of her personal life achievement!

Sonya has devoted her whole life to education, leading students with great enthusiasm, from cultural exploration to in-depth field knowledge, and she further learned and experienced the true meaning of life. Inspired by the great love of Christ Jesus who laid down His life for the world and the power of resurrection, Sonya was baptized as a Christian in 2014. She was committed to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and serving as a board member of the church. In the last stage of her life, she was blessed with the care of the church pastor & wife, deacons, and brothers and sisters of the church. Sonya has never forgotten her gratitude towards the church members who took care of her! The kindness of the church and the church members deeply touched Sonya’s family!


Sister Sonya Hsieh went to the Lord on June 3, 2024, in West Chester, PA surrounded by her loving family.

Sister Sonya's family, church brothers & sisters, and friends will miss her forever!


May God of hope grant us comfort and peace; and assure us that we shall be reunited in the future with Sister Sonya again in Heaven!



To honor Sonya's life & memory, in lieu of flowers, Family prefers love contributions in her name can be offered to either:


1. Bible Project:


2. Nepal Theological College

please send check payable to “Lamb of God Church of PA” at 825 Beechwood Road, Havertown, PA 19083


Relatives and friends are invited to Sonya's Funeral Service 10:15-11:45 AM on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at The Donohue Funeral Home, 366 West Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087. There will be a luncheon to follow, to RSVP please email


For those who are unable to join us for Sonya's service, a Zoom link is available for online participants:    

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

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366 W. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087

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