Cornelia “Corrie” Byker, a resident of the Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg for the past eight years, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wed., April 4, 2018. She was 93.
Corrie was born in Haamstede, the Netherlands on Feb. 3, 1925 to her parents, Willem and Anna Oosse (nee Boot). She grew up in Zeeland in the Netherlands, and later moved to the Bodegraven area where she met and later married Hendrik Byker. They had two children in Holland (Anna and Nancy) and immigrated to Canada in 1952. They lived and worked on farms in the Forfar and Prescott area (Blue Church Road) before purchasing the home farm in 1957. They had five more children while in Canada, and proudly built up a nice dairy farm in the Brinston/Shanly area. In 1982, they retired from the farm and moved to Williamsburg. Three months after moving there, Hendrik passed away and Corrie remained in their home there until early April 2010, when she moved into the Park Drive Villa Seniors home.
She loved to garden, needlework, cook, clean, and volunteer. She loved serving in any way she could. An example of that was her work in the kitchen at Round Lake Camp, and helping out in the kitchen for the “Helping Hands” Senior Citizen group in Dixons Corners, where she and her husband were founding members. She seldom missed a meeting, which is a testament to how she felt at home there and was blessed by them. She loved her church family and served in any way she could. She saw that as her responsibility, and it gave her great pleasure to serve the Lord and His people. She appreciated great neighbours that she encountered over the years as well, in Williamsburg as well as in her farming community near Brinston and Shanly. As was the case for many in the 1950’s and 60’s, she endured trying times in her early years — war, immigration, starting up a farm, losing an infant daughter, and raising a family with limited resources.
The family is truly grateful to the residents and staff of Park Drive Villa for embracing her and supporting her in her final years. We are forever grateful to the staff there for their care, especially over these past few months during her time of declining health. We are also grateful to the nursing staff of the Complex Continuing Care Unit of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital for their care of her when she was there for four months in 2012, and again, during her final few weeks of her life.
She has been a tremendous blessing to her family and her communities, and has been blessed in return. Her desire would be for everyone that she encountered to be appreciated and loved, just as Christ loved her.
Corrie/Mom/Oma always had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was always a treat for them in her apartment when they would come to visit.
Corrie is survived by her children, Anna Buter (Ralph) of Morrisburg, John of Iroquois, Bill (Cindy) of Brinston, Linda Raymond (Reuben) of Renfrew, and Christine Walsh (Steve) of Williamsburg. She was the dear sister of Marina Wielemaker, Joppa Oosse, Cornelis Oosse (Riek), and Maria Oosse, all of the Netherlands. She was the dear mother-in-law of Larry Sloan of Pittston. Oma will be fondly remembered by 18 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Hendrik; her daughters, Nancy Sloan and Cornelia Byker; her great-grandson, Rhys Raymond; her sister, Pieternella Fonteine; her brother, Johannes Oosse; and her granddaughter-in-law Kelly Buter. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Sun., April 8 from 6 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Mon., April 9 at 11 am followed by interment at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg. The pallbearers were grandsons Randy Buter, Kevin Buter, Ryan Buter, William Byker, Robert Raymond, Scott Raymond, Matthew Raymond, and Tony Nagle.
Donations to Timothy Christian School would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com