July 17, 1935 – October 22, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Dora VanJaarsveld (nee Kasbergen). She was 85 years old.
Dora was born in Snelrewaard, The Netherlands, and she is one of 13 children.
Dora immigrated to Canada in 1958 with her husband, Gerry. They settled in Duncan and began their life together as dairy farmers. They established a strong reputation of excellence in dairy farming, and Dora worked tirelessly on the farm, side by side with Gerry.
Aside from her duties on the farm, she was also very active in the community. She was involved in the Cowichan 4-H Holstein Club for many years, and held a number of executive positions.
She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 20 years and began working at The Loom in her mid-fifties where she worked for over 20 years. You would often find Dora selling her knitting creations at the annual Christmas Chaos in Duncan.
Dora and Gerry were the perfect team when it came to all things farming, business, and family related. Dora is remembered for her undeniable devotion to her family, her calm and gentle demeanor, her willingness to always help others, and her ability to light up the room with her laughter.
Dora is predeceased by her husband Gerry. She is survived by her six children, Cornell (Teresa), Jerry (Lynn), Jolanda (Ken), Ron (Sue), Margo (Randy), Brenda (Daron), 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
A special thank you to all the staff at Nanaimo Memory and Complex Care who took excellent care of her for the past 2 yrs. She was loved by all the staff and left a lasting impression. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she will be deeply missed.
A private funeral will be help at St. Edwards Parish on Saturday, October 31st at 1 pm. Due to Covid restrictions, those wishing to view the ceremony may do so via link: https://distantlink.com/Wallace.html
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