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Pieternella Bezemer

Pieternella Bezemer

Wednesday, May 14th, 1930 Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

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Obituary for Pieternella Vis Bezemer

With deep sadness we announce the passing away of our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Pieternella (Nel or Nellie) Bezemer, on March 31, 2021. She declined through the fall and winter and then died peacefully at the Victoria Hospice before she reached 91 years. Nel was predeceased by her husband Bill (Willem Bezemer) and sisters Alie, Annie, Cor and Ineke, and her brother Cor. She leaves behind her identical twin, Ida Broer-Vis and younger sister Wil Voor in't Holt-Vis in the Netherlands, her children Eric Rotgans (Raedene) and Trudy Hanlon (Terrence), grandchildren Naomi Allen (Todd), Byron Rotgans (Karen), their children Wesley and Summer, Luke Rotgans, Vincent Hanlon (Birgit), Therese Hanlon, and many nephews, nieces and family in the Netherlands. She also leaves behind her friend and stepdaughter Hester Kapteyn (Piet) and family and Bill's five sons and family in Ontario. "Oma Nel" was loved by many.

Nel was born in Enkhuizen, Netherlands on May 14, 1930. She emigrated to B.C in 1953 after marrying Vas Rotgans. Her children were born in BC and after many moves across the country, she settled in Richmond, BC. She married Bill in November 1982 and they lived in Hamilton, Ontario, wintering in Florida and eventually in 1989 settling in Abbotsford, BC. Following Bill’s death, she moved to Victoria in 2008 to be near her son and daughter. Nel will be remembered for her love of children. She loved walking on the beach by the ocean in Cordova Bay. She loved her family and followed the lives of her grandchildren closely. She enjoyed her friends and acquaintances through Cordova Bay United Church, the 55+ organization, and her 'Canadian' as well as her Dutch circle of friends.

Nel's passing leaves a hole in our lives; we will miss her.

Psalm 139: 16-18
In your book were written
All the days that were formed for me
When none of them existed....
I come to the end--I am still with you.


Het is met groot verdriet dat wij u laten weten dat onze moeder, grootmoeder, overgrootmoeder en vriendin, Pieternella (Nel of Nellie) Bezemer, op 31 Maart 2021 is overleden. Ze is deze herfst en winter hard achteruitgegaan en is vredig overleden in de Victoria Hospice op de leeftijd van bijna 91 jaar. Haar voorgegaan in de dood zijn haar echtgenoot, Bill (Willem Bezemer), en haar zussen Alie, Annie en Ineke, en broer Cor. Zij laat haar tweelingzus Ida Broer-Vis en haar zus Wil Voor in’t Holt-Vis in Nederland achter, haar kinderen Eric Rotgans (Raedene) en Trudy Hanlon (Terrence), haar kleinkinderen Naomi Allen (Todd), Byron Rotgans (Karen) en hun kinderen Wesley en Summer, Luke Rotgans, Vincent Hanlon (Birgit), Therese Hanlon en veel nichten en neven in Nederland. Zij laat ook haar vriendin en stiefdochter Hester Kapteyn (Piet) en familie, en Willem’s vijf zonen en hun families in Ontario achter. “Oma Nel” was geliefd door velen.

Nel was op 14 Mei, 1930 in Enkhuizen, Nederland geboren. In 1953 emigreerde ze naar Canada, nadat ze met Vas Rotgans trouwde. Haar twee kinderen zijn in B.C. geboren en na vele verhuizingen binnen Canada, hebben ze zich uiteindelijk in Richmond, B.C. gevestigd. In Nov. 1982 is Nel met Willem Bezemer getrouwd. Zij woonden in Hamilton Ont. en overwinterderden in Florida en zijn in 1989 naar Abbotsford B.C. verhuisd. Na Willem’s overlijden in 2008, verhuisde ze naar Vancouver Island om dichter bij haar zoon en dochter te wonen. Nel zal herinnerd worden voor haar liefde voor kinderen. Ze genoot ervan aan zee in Cordova Bay te wandelen. Zij hield van haar familie en was altijd geïnteresseerd in de levens van haar kleinkinderen. Ze genoot van haar vrienden en kennissen van de Cordova Bay United Church, de 55+ organisatie en haar ‘Canadese’ en Nederlandse vriendenkringen. Nel’s overlijden laat een lege plek achter in ons leven; we zullen haar zeer missen.

Psalm 139: 16-18
Uw ogen hebben mijn ongevormd begin gezien,
en zij alle werden in Uw boek beschreven,
de dagen dat zij gevormd werden,
toen er nog niet één van hen bestond.
Daarom, hoe kostbaar zijn mij Uw gedachten, o God,
hoe machtig groot is hun aantal.
Zou ik ze tellen? Zij zijn talrijker dan korrels zand;
ontwaak ik, dan ben ik nog bij U.

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Pauline Cohen

My deepest sympathy to all your family. I met Nellie thru Cordova Bay 55+. Nellie was a great lady and lots of fun to have along. She was very fond of the day and overnight trips that I planned at CB55+. She will be greatly missed. Pauline Cohen
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