Monday, July 21, 1924 - Friday, August 17, 2012
Obituary and Life History
DOWNIE; Trudy – Passed away at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia on Friday, August 17, 2012. GERTRUDE A. “TRUDY” DOWNIE (nee Zandbergen), 88 years, she was formerly of Oil Springs. She was a loving wife to the late Ross (1984). She will be missed by her children Robert and Sue Downie of...
London, Karen and Wayne Lassaline of Oil Springs, and John and Leonia Downie of Sarnia, her grandchildren Angela and Robert Clouse and their sons Tristan and Jonathan, Monica Lassaline and fiancé Dave Thatcher-Maniuk, Erica Downie, and Jessica Downie and fiancé Piotr Sepsiak, and Rachel Downie. She will also be missed by her sisters Rita Kennedy and Joanne Cross. She was predeceased by her parents Martinus and Hendrika (nee DeBruin) Zandbergen, her brothers Johannus, John, Martin, and Andrew, and her sisters Cora Kilbride, Jean Lucan, Margie VanBuuren, Willy Heurkens, and Theresa Terry. Born in Holland Trudy immigrated to Canada when she was twenty four. She worked as a nurse in Toronto and later in Petrolia. She later worked as a librarian at the Oil Springs Library. Trudy was active in her community, serving two terms on the council of Enniskillen Township and was an honourary member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 216. She was a recipient of the Outstanding senior of the year award in 2001. Trudy was an artist in oil, having her work shown during the 1999 V.P.P. season. She was also an excellent public speaker with regards to poetry and short stories. Visitors will be received on Monday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia. A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Philip’s Parish, King St., Petrolia. Father Antonio Del Ciancio celebrating. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or Alzheimer Society Sarnia-Lambton. Memories, pictures, and condolences may be shared on-line at www.needhamjay.com.
- Date and Time: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday, August 20, 2012
- Location: Needham-Jay Funeral Home
- Date and Time: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM
- Location: St. Philip's Church, King Street, Petrolia
So sorry to hear about the passing of Trudy. I enjoyed looking after Trudy while she was at LMV she always had a great smile and so polite when talking to her. She will be miss by everyone. PSW Maureen of LMV
So sorry to hear about Aunt Trudy. Our most sincere condolences to all the Downie family. She will be in our thoughts.
I am sorry to hear about Aunt Trudy. I have so many fond memories of her that I would not know where to begin. She always made me smile and somehow knew when I needed someone to listen. I still smile when I think of her.
May we take comfort in knowing that Trudy is now an angel that is watching over all of us that she touched so many people she came in contact with thru her life. It will be the little things I remember about Trudy, the quiet moments, the smiles, the stories, and the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of the little things that help push away the pain and bring the smiles back again. Each time we embrace a memory, we meet again, for the heart never forgets. I will miss her dearly but I know she will be there if I call on her. Special thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Sincerely, Kathy Simpson
When I heard of Aunt Trudy's passing, I began thinking of all the nice memories I have of the 'farm'. When I was a kid, we would spend alot of time at Aunt Trudy's house. I remember loving the purple bathroom, the troll house, the cows ('Bruno' in particular!) and all her barn cats. Most of all, I remember Aunt Trudy's rich Dutch accent and gentle, kind voice. She had a way of making me feel special, just like my Dad (her brother) did. Years after my Dad had died, I spent a weekend with Aunt Trudy. That was very special for me. She filled me in on details of my father and his life - that meant so much to me. She gave me an ink drawing that my Dad had drawn, so that I would have something from him. She also made me a beautiful 'flower' blanket - that was her specialty - that I have and will continue to cherish. She asked me my favourite colours and then laboured over that for my wedding gift. This was at a time when her eyes were making it difficult to accomplish such a task. It was a labour of love... I think of her kindness/love, whenever I see that blanket! She was a precious gift to an 'orphan' neice - in childhood and adulthood. I am blessed to have known her!! Love, Melody
Dear Karen and Wayne: I was saddened to hear of your mom's passing. I was always amazed at your mom and her interests and specialties. Hold on to all those wonderful memories and know that she is an angel watching over you and the kids and the grandkids. Take Care. Love Marylou
Our deepest sympathy go out to both families. Trudy will be surely missed by her friends and family. RIP Trudy!
Dear Downie Family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Trudy. What a fine lady she was. My fondest memories are at the Oil Springs library, we mostly went for the delicious butterscotch candies rather than books. But with her tender guidance we could always find just the right book. R.I.P. Dear Trudy. Take care, Paula
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