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Elisabeth van Rooy

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November 28, 1926 - March 7, 2022

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our family matriarch, Elisabeth van Rooy. She will be forever held in the memories of her small family, Ed and wife Helen, Henry and wife Carla, and the apple of her eye, grandson Jason. She is predeceased by her loving husband Hubert and seven of her eight brothers and sisters. She will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews, to who she was affectionately known as Tante Lis.

Elisabeth was born in Tilburg, Holland. She met and married her husband Hubert after the war. They had one son, Adrian (Ed) in Holland and second son Henry after immigrating to Canada in 1960. She spent her married life in a couple of different communities in Winnipeg and her final couple of years in Dominion City. She spent many wonderful hours enjoying the fresh air and waves at the cabin in Ingolf, Ontario with her family. She worked as a custodian at Glenwood School where students and staff were sure to never step on her clean floors.

She was a very social person and loved to visit with people. She loved spending entire summers at the lake with Jason throughout his childhood, and weekends there with Ed thereafter. Spending time on the lake, visiting with friends and having a little beverage now and then was how she spent many summer weekends. As time went by and the lake was no longer an option, trips out with Ed on weekends became the favorite. Elisabeth was thankful for the opportunity to spend time with her son. She was always grateful to her Daughter-in-Law, Helen, for all the time she was able to spend with her over the years.

Choir was always an important part of her social scene and she regularly attended practice and concerts with the Seniors’ choir she had been part of for many years. And of course, she always loved the coffee, conversation and treats afterwards.  She eagerly participated in most activities that were offered and was always happy in her later years when she headed off to Riverview for the day with the Rendezvous Club.

When living without assistance was no longer an option, her beloved grandson and her became roommates. Jason’s devotion to his Oma was more than apparent. She was so proud of what he has accomplished and thought the world of him. Christmas was a favorite time for her, and Jason was always there to put up her tree and help her shop.

As mobility became more of an issue, another move was in order and off she went on a new adventure to Dominion City to be close to Henry and Carla. She found a suite with views of his house so she could keep an eye on his comings and goings while living at the Healthy Living Center (formally Abbeyfield House). Henry was a source of entertainment to the residents as he made many trips back and forth across the street while doing projects.

Unfortunately, her arrival at the beginning of covid and her departure as things were opening up prevented her from really experiencing small town life. However, the few activities allowed to happen gave her the opportunity to spread her positive attitude to new friends she met. And she was always happy to spend time with her Daughter-in-Law, Carla, participating in activities and spending quality time together. Her presence will be missed by others in the building and community.

Elisabeth's family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.

A celebration of Elisabeth's life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022 at 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road (Unitarian Church).


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530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

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