Nellie Voets

A photo of Nellie Voets


St. Mary's Church
Tuesday April 23, 2019
10:00 a.m.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday April 22, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Petronella Maria Odulpha (van den Bersselaar) Voets, most affectionately known as “Nellie Voets” passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Nellie was born to the late Johanna & Martinus van den Bersselaar in the Netherlands 85 years ago. She came from a large family and is survived by her sisters Mariet Habraken and Betsie van Vugt, and by her brothers Piet and Mies van den Bersselaar. She was predeceased by her siblings Oda Geerts, Riek Verberk, Toon and Harrie van den Bersselaar.

Nellie married Harrie Voets on October 6, 1959 and their strong and happy marriage lasted for over 50 years, until he passed away in 2011. They began their family and moved to Canada in 1968 with four young children, including an infant. Nellie will be greatly missed by her five children Johanna Wightman (Rick), Marion Smith (Steve), Ellie Voets-Sterling (Steve), Marco Voets (Heather), and Angeline Humber (Troy). She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Katherine Voets-Keating in 2005. She was a loving Oma to her grandchildren Jeremy, Tawnya, Gregory, Nastasha, Sean, Terra, Bryce, Zoe, Cassandra, Mikayla, Joey, Wesley, Bailey and Caitlyn, and 12 great-grandchildren. She will also be sadly missed by all of her family in the Netherlands.

Nellie was a kind-hearted soul whose determination in life was admirable. She was a realist who called it like it was. She never saw challenges as a disadvantage but saw adversity as a way of becoming a stronger person. She worked hard, she provided for her family and she cared for Harrie when his health challenged his independence. She gave more than she took in life and brought joy to everyone, including those who helped care for her in recent years. The attention that she was given at the Village on the Ridge in Ridgetown and then at Riverview Gardens in Chatham was beyond inspiring, and for that her family will remain forever grateful.

Nellie’s family invites you to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Monday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Blenheim on Tuesday April 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Nellie with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider Community Living Chatham-Kent or the Oncology Unit at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Another way to honour her memory is to give your kids an extra hug and tell them you love them. ❤️

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Our deepest sympathies Nellie was a sweet sweet soul

Sorry for you lost !

Ellie and family, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom and Oma. Thinking of you at this difficult time. My condolences. Sam

Our sincere condolences to the entire Voets family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Your Mom/Oma was a special lady! She was always welcoming to us. Always made you feel like part of the family! Love to you all!

Marco & Angeline and families, My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mom. One of the greatest losses in life the loss of someone so loving, kind and caring, especially your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Cory Jinkerson and family

Rarely in your lifetime do you find someone who becomes a true friend: someone kind, caring, genuine, loving and funny. Nellie was a true friend to our Mom, Ann van Esbroeck. We always admired the friendship and we’re happy our Mom had someone like Nellie in her life. So from us, and behalf of our Mom, we send our sincere condolences. Your Mom was truly one of a kind and will be missed by everyone whose life she touched. Richard & Giuliana Van De Wal and Family

Our deepest sympathy of the passing of Nellie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

My deep condolences to the entire Voets family. Oma will be missed by many and I will miss seeing her at family events. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

So sorry for your loss Voets family.

Condolences to all of Nellie’s family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the moments of a great lady. Brad & Donna Preston-DeBoer

So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful, caring person.

Thoughts and prayers to the family of this great women- she will be missed, Rest in Peace Nellie

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom - she was indeed a very special lady. Her kindness, gentleness and caring is reflected in each of her children. May your wonderful memories of her fill your minds, warm your hearts, and give you strength, peace and comfort at this time of great sorrow and loss. Our condolences and prayers and hugs to each of you.

Sorry for your loss my condolences to all the family.. thoughts and prayers are with all during this difficult time...cherish the memories ❤ Rest in peace Nellie

Sorry the hear whit passing NELLY

Ellie & family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Steve

To the Voets family, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She definitely told things like they were! She was such fun to work with when we were planting tomatoes ! I will always have those memories of her. My deepest sympathy to you all.

217 Cameron Street We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom,and Oma We are away until May 5...hugs and prayers for you all

Sorry for your loss. She will be missed at meal time

Angeline, Troy, Bailey & Caitlyn Sincere condolences you and your family, we are thinking of you during this sad time, hugs Sherry & Tony

Sincere condolences to the Voets family. I remember as a Nellie a nice lady and a good neighbour.

Dear Angeline and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mother and Oma sounded like a very special person. No matter how old you are, it never feels right to be without your Mom. Angeline, I will be thinking of you. Know that the journey you have just begun will eventually end with the happy memories. Take care. Tracey

Angeline, I am so sorry to hear this, everyone at work is thinking about you. Let us know if you need absolutely anything. hugs.

Angelina and family: I am deeply saddened by your loss and extend my condolences. I have fond memories of your mom. May you always treasure yours.

Dear Angeline and family, So sorry to hear about your mom and Oma! My heart felt condolences to all of you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Linda/Mike Lanz.

We send our condolences to Johanna & Rick and the family in the loss of a loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may God surround in his love and bring peace and comfort

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. She was always kind to me and my family.

Sending my heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

To the Voets family, please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother, grandmother . May she rest in peace along side your father .

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Nellie❤

Marco, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your mother, May She Rest in Peace

Sending our sincerest sympathy to all of Nellie's family at this sad time. I always enjoyed seeing her when she was a resident at The Village.

Dear Aunt Nel, I remember you as a freethinker, always positive and in for a joke, I will remember you as the aunt who could do a lot and nothing is impossible. Your children are very nice people you can be proud of. We are proud of you and will never forget you. Greeting anton

Gecondoleerd en veel sterkte de komende periode! Een groot gemis. Heb veel steun aan elkaar en koester de mooie momenten. Ik denk met een lach terug en geniet van de korte momenten dat we elkaar zagen.