Johanna “Anna” Byvelds
Johanna Byvelds passed away peacefully at Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault, where she was a resident for the past twelve-and-a-half months, on Thurs., March 13, 2014, in her 93rd year.
Anna was born in Erp, The Netherlands on July 22, 1921 to her parents, Gerard and Petronella Pepers (nee Cleerdin). She was the sixth child out of three brothers and seven sisters.
Anna married Albert when she was 27 and, shortly after, started a family with three sons. In 1953, she had to make a hard decision to move to Canada and leave her entire family behind, and was not able to speak or write one word of English. They lived with Albert’s Family in Boucks Hill for a short time, within a year bought a farm east of Brinston, and that’s when her daughter came along. This is where she called home for 55 years.
Anna worked very hard along with Albert on the farm. She had many tasks: barn chores, feeding calves and cats, keeping the milking equipment clean, and whatever needed to be done.
Anna loved flowers, she had them inside and out. She was always very proud of her flower bed.
She loved company and always had time for coffee and cookies. Sundays were special to her: go to church service and have breakfast afterwards in Morrisburg or Cardinal, go home have a quick nap, then a ride in the countryside for the scenery, a ice cream cone, shopping, or just to drop in on a friend or relative.
Anna was a member of the CWL and Matilda Helping Hands for many years.
As her health declined, she moved to the Hartford Retirement Home in Morrisburg for three-and-a-half years, and then on to Woodland Villa Nursing Home.
Anna was a devoted, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her children, Peter (Faye) of Brinston, John (Joanie) of Oshawa, Jerry (Wendy) of Brinston, and Joanne (Wayne) McGill of Lunenburg; her siblings, two sisters Jans Linders and Paula v.d. Velden, both of The Netherlands; her grandchildren, Peter, Chris, Lori, Jason, Allison, Trent, Benjamin, and Scott; and her eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her siblings, Johan, Miet, Stien, Jan, Jaan, Dora, Antoon, and Martina. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on
Sun., March 16 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Morrisburg on Mon., March 17 at 11 am with Father Chisholm officiating followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Morrisburg. The pallbearers were grandchildren Ben Byvelds, Jason Byvelds, Lori Byvelds, Allison Merz, Peter Byvelds, Chris Byvelds, and Scott McGill.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), or the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.