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NELLIE MARIA VAN OSCH (VAN NIEKERK)
Born: Sep 08, 1935
Date of Passing: Oct 22, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
NELLIE MARIA VAN OSCH
(nee VAN NIEKERK)
September 8, 1935 October 22, 2020
Those she leaves to cherish her memory
are her children, Marinus and Leona, Gerda and Jerry, Martha, William and Darcy, Pat and Patti, Ben and Tracy, Eddie, Martin and Tracey; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Ted and Evie, Freda, Gidge, Kasmer, William and Irma; in-laws, Ad, Antoon and Willie, Ria and Theo, Rien and Maria; many nieces, nephews, extended family and a large circle of close, loving friends.
Nellie was predeceased by her husband Harry; her son Tim and granddaughter Nicole; her parents, William and Gerda; sisters, Gerda, Wilma, Cathy and Jackie and her brother Gerry.
Nellie emigrated from Holland to Canada in 1951 with her immediate family. A couple years later, she met Harry, her loving husband of 62 years. Nellie and Harry managed a successful dairy farm in Lorette, Manitoba for 35 years and remained on the farm site following their retirement. For a while, Nellie also worked at St. Amant Center where she could be closer to her son Eddie.
It was on the farm that Nellie and Harry raised their family of seven boys and two girls and dealt with the loss of their son Tim. Family was the center of Nellie's life and nothing pleased her more than hosting family gatherings, whether they were simple breakfasts after Sunday morning church or larger robust birthday evenings. Watching her family grow with grandchildren and later great-grandchildren was a highlight of Nellie's life. She loved having kids around! In quieter times, Nellie enjoyed her flower beds, playing cards with family or friends, and relaxing in her favourite chairs, knitting, bird watching and watching the news or engaging game shows.
Nellie also gave back to the community through charity work for St. Amant, Food Hamper donations and distribution and involvement in the Church.
Due to Covid restrictions, an invitation only Roman Catholic funeral and prayer service will be held. We thank all for their thoughts and prayers.
A special thank you to the staff at Ste. Anne Hospital and her doctors for all the care and compassion given to our mother.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ste. Anne Hospital Fund, St. Amant Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 24, 2020
Condolences & Memories (11 entries)
To the Van Osch family, so sorry to hear about the loss of Nellie, We didn't know that Harry had passed either. Our thoughts are with you during these very sad time Henry and Hennie Timmer. - Posted by: Henry N Hennie Timmer (long time rabbit friends) on: Nov 22, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the entire van Osch family. I hold good memories of the teenage parties at their home, the amazing peacocks they raised and chatting with her at the St. Amant teas/bazaars in my youth. Sincerely, Irène Bohémier and John Coutts - Posted by: Irène Bohémier (Resident of Lorette ) on: Nov 09, 2020
My condolances on behalf of my family (children of Tante Lena Hartveld-zwetsloot Warmond Holland) for the loss of your mother. She will certainly be sorely missed by you. Nellie was a dear niece to our mother, whom she always visited, along with your father. When they stopped coming to Holland she always kept in touch with our Mam, and then with me, which we have always appreciated so much. In this I will miss her! We wish you a lot of strength with her loss for now and the time to come! 🌷 - Posted by: Elz Zwetsloot (Family) on: Oct 31, 2020
Our deepest condolences to all the family. Your mother, grandmother and great grandmother was a loving and kind lady. We always enjoyed visiting at the farm and seeing all the cousins and aunts at the many family gatherings. She will be missed by all. May she rest in peace and blessings to the family. God be with you. Tony, Bonnie, Kyle and Jordan. - Posted by: Tony Van Niekerk & family (nephew) on: Oct 28, 2020
I met Nellie and Harry through church. Such beautiful people they both were...looked forward to seeing them at mass. My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Nellie. RIP sweet lady...at peace and in our Father's house with her soulmate Harry, and others she loved. Prayers to you all! - Posted by: Madelyn McConnell (Friend, fellow parishoner ) on: Oct 25, 2020
Deepest sympathies to the Van Osch family on the loss of your mother, she was a true genuine lady & friend, we will all miss her. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Mary gauthier (Friend) on: Oct 25, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Nelly was a loving and kind mother, grandmother and friend. My fondest memories are of all the family gatherings at the farm. Especially the Boxing day dinners that they always hosted. We will all miss her very much. May she rest in peace and blessings to all the Van Osches. We will keep you in our prayers. - Posted by: Freda Van Niekerk (Sister in law) on: Oct 24, 2020
To the Van Osch Family, My condolences to all of you. Your Mom (and Dad) always welcomed the entire high school in their home. I cherish the memories and have never forgotten.... Take care, I am thinking of your family Jeannine xoxo - Posted by: Jeannine (Bohemier) Gendron (Resident of Lorette ) on: Oct 24, 2020
Nellie was a very caring and kind person.I got to know her through the seniors center she and Harry worked hard to keep it going .It was wonderful to see her for my 85th Birthday video it meant a lot to me.I share in your grief and pray for Nellie may her memory remaine forever in your hearts. - Posted by: Anne Augustine (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2020
I simply want to say to the Van Osch clan that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during the loss of your mother and grandmother. She leaves behind a book full of memories as Mrs. Van Osch was a caring and loving person to all who knew her. She will be truly missed. - Posted by: Irene Cavallin (friend) on: Oct 24, 2020
Nellie was a great woman! She and Harry were our neighbours as I grew up. We couldn’t have asked for better neighbours. I grew very fond of Nellie and the family. She will always have a special place in my heart. She was so strong and courageous with an unshakeable faith. May she Rest In Peace with her Harry that she missed so much! - Posted by: Jeannine Porteous (Family friend) on: Oct 24, 2020
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