Nellie "Oortwyn" Sayer

2/20/1925 - 12/5/2018

Obituary Overview

In Loving Memory


SAYER, Nellie (Oortwyn)  Mom was surrounded by the love of her children and grandchildren during the last days at Thortonview LTC home with the devotion and affection she so generously demonstrated in her 93 years.  With her  were Casey (Donna), John (Anita), Ted (Nancy), Susan (Norm); grandchildren Garrett, Drew, Jeremy, Daniel, Tyler, Eric, Melissa, Renee, Jordan, Brett and Jaclyn. She was blessed with 11 great grandchildren. Mom was born in Bergen op Zoom, Holland in 1925 to Kees and Antoinetta van der Velde followed by siblings Reit and Rinus (deceased). She married Theo Oortwyn (deceased 1978) where they immigrated to Canada in 1952.The two worked hard to establish and build a life in Canada. Mom’s work ethic reflected in her taking on jobs such as  Loblaws and most notably as co-owner of Bunny’s Catering where she was a familiar and welcoming face as she often multi-tasked where no job was beneath her Mom’s hands were never idle.  She tirelessly cleaned, cooked for Sunday dinners, gardened and was best known for her exemplary sewing skills which had her on her machine until the early morning hours. The friendships she grew with her dutch friends, neighbours, many in-laws (Wilma) were life long bonds.  Bob (deceased 2016) came into her life and married in 1985. Together they spent 31 years with the growing family. Mom’s last years  were a challenge, but in her notable strength, she pursued by demonstrating her love for her family while continuing to engage others in her home at Thortonview. Our thanks to the staff of Thortonview for their care and compassion during her stay (Hallelujah!) Friends and family may call at Mount Lawn Funeral Home, 21 Garrard Rd. Whitby (north of hwy. 2) 905-443-3376 on Monday, December 10, 2018 visitation from 7-9 p.m. For those out of town - Tuesday, December 11th 10-11 a.m. followed by a  Funeral service at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel, Interment Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Whitby. In lieu of flowers, donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Memories may be shared at www.mountlawn.ca

Funeral Details

  • Viewing

    Mount Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery

    Event Times

    12/10/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  • Viewing

    Mount Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery

    Event Times

    12/11/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Chapel Service

    Mount Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery

    Event Times

    12/11/2018 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Burial

    Resurrection Catholic Cemetery

    Event Times

    12/11/2018 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Reception

    Mount Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery

    Event Times

    12/11/2018 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Posted by Mark and Melanie Klumper | 12/7/2018

Dear family of Nellie, Sending our deepest condolences for the loss of one very special lady. We remember Nellie was a wonderful friend to our late mom Mientje Klumper, and our dad Ted Klumper . Nellie(and Bob) enjoyed their weekly social get together playing cards and alternating home visits on Friday nights. It was a friendship that Mientje cherished until the day she passed four years ago . Nellie will be missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

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Posted by Carol van der Veer | 12/7/2018

I am so sorry to her of Nellie's passing. I am the daughter of Anna and Bill Klaren. I remember Nellie coming to our house when mom would have the "Dutch War Brides" ladies group over. I was always in awe of your mom's style and beauty. She carried herself with such poise. I loved seeing the Dutch ladies before I had to go to bed or out for the night once I was older. It was lovely to see the ladies on those nights especially your mother. She always had a kind word to say to me. My deepest condolences to you all. Carol van der Veer (nee Klaren)

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