Nell Vermeer

Nell Vermeer

Sunday, March 4th, 1928 - Saturday, May 25th, 2019
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Nell Vermeer

God in His infinite wisdom has taken home his servant, Nell Vermeer. Mom’s earthly journey was filled with love, life, and laughter, deep sorrows and trials. Through it all, she rejoiced in the love and faithfulness of her Saviour Jesus Christ. Surrounded by her family, Nell passed away at the Welland General Hospital on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the age of 91. The moment God took mom to himself; he sent an enormous double rainbow. What a promise to all of us!

Beloved mom to Margaret and Bert, Sid and Patti, Karin, Cathy, Gerry and Cynthia, Lorraine and Bret, and special aunt to Ger and Tineke. Predeceased by her husband, Gerrit Vermeer, and her daughter Irene. Deeply loved Oma of Mark and Ronda, Andrea and David, Ryan and Nattalie, Reuben and Jennifer, Jessica and Michael, Alison and Brian, Ginelle and Casey, Karina and Brian, Stephanie and Kyle, Gerrit and Kaitlyn, Shannon and Deejay, Andre and Kimby, Jacob, Brenna, Jordan, and 28 great grandchildren. She will be missed by her brothers and sisters and friends.

Mom and Dad came to Canada from Holland as newlyweds in February 1952. They started their married life in St Thomas, where dad had 2 brothers. They started their family there and after almost 10 years, decided they wanted to have a business of their own. In December of 1961, they purchased a greenhouse operation in Welland and that was the beginning of Vermeer’s Greenhouses. Mom and Dad worked so hard to make ends meet. And we had everything we needed! Mom and Dad loved us so deeply, encouraged us to do what we loved, raised us all with all with a deep love for God and His church.

This last year was so difficult for Mom since she was not able to do the things she loved. Simple things like walking through the greenhouses, planting or taking cuttings, cross stitch, offering hospitality to people who would drop in, or visiting friends. She asked us kids so often, why is it taking so long for me to go home to heaven? We don’t know the answer to that, but we did see the lives that were touched in her final weeks in the hospital! We will miss her deeply but we can rejoice in knowing that she is safe in Jesus’ arms!

Family and friends will be received at Grace Christian Reformed Church (660 South Pelham Road, Welland) on Thursday, May 30th from 2-4 & 6-8 pm. The celebration of Nell’s life will take place at the church on Friday, May 31st beginning at 10 am. Interment will occur prior to the service Friday morning with family only. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Open Arms Mission.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Grace Christian Reformed Church
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Grace Christian Reformed Church
  • Service

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 10:00am
    Grace Christian Reformed Church
  • Interment

    Fonthill Cemetery, Fonthill
    Prior to service


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Deborah Zahra

Posted at 10:48pm
Sincere sympathies, condolences and peace to the whole Vermeer family and greater community that was so influenced by Mrs. Vermeer and the joy she has shared and spread over the years simply by sharing her amazing family, love of life and sincere service. I have been blessed to have known Mrs. Vermeer and I so respectfully got to call her "mom" Vermeer when she would visit for family events at BP. My fondest memory was my honour to bring a glass of rose wine that was to Mrs. Vermeer's liking that she could sip on during her visit with her amazing family. Love and Prayers with you all. Deb Zahra, Denis Bisson.

Manda Steinhoff Posted at 08:50am

Thinking about your mom at Christmas time, a woman with a heart of an angel. I had the true pleasures of being able to help your mom in her later days and she was a strong believer . Her home was always filled with peace as her heart was waiting on the Lord. May you know this Christmas, your mom with be celebrating right beside Jesus . 🌺Manda S

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Posted at 09:35am
Thinking of you all in this sad time....with love from Marg & Randy, Melissa, Brad & Steph, Nicole & Mitch and Sean
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Posted at 06:58pm
Our heartfelt sympathy to Margret , Bert and the Vermeer family your sadness will be shared by many.
Jane and Gord Jackson

Victoria Sivak

Posted at 11:26am
Thank you Nell and the entire Vermeer family for making my home so beautiful over the years. Her memory will live on in the beauty of the flowers that grow at the greenhouse, her life’s work. 🌷🌺🌸💐

Peggy Palmer

Posted at 09:38am
Sincere condolences to the entire Vermeer Family.
Mrs. Vermeer was a warm, genuine and welcoming person to all.
She will be missed by us all.

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