Neeltje deRuiter-Hoogland
March 3, 1922 ~ November 20, 2018

Peacefully and in the full knowledge that the Lord awaited her, our mother, Oma and Great-Oma, Nell deRuiter (nee Hoogland), passed away at Holland Christian Homes, Brampton on November 20th, 2018 in her 97th year. Beloved wife of 55 years to the late Simon deRuiter. Loving mother to Walter and his wife Lammy, the late Nellie deRuiter, Rose Keegstra and her husband Peter, Margaret Keizer and her husband Jasper, Ronald and his wife Rolinda, Paul and his wife Karen, and Richard and his wife Janet. Dear Oma to 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Also survived by her sister Jacoba Kerver and her brothers Henk Hoogland and Pieter and Adrie Hoogland, all of The Netherlands. Nell was predeceased by her brother Jaap Hoogland and her sister Truus Visser.

Mom was born in Rotterdam on March 3rd, 1922 to Arie and Nel Hoogland (Pors). She met Simon deRuiter on a bridge in Tebregge; it was love at first sight. They married on July 26th, 1944. Mom sewed her wedding dress from material Dad obtained on the black market…it was WWII. Walt and Nellie were born in The Netherlands, and the little family immigrated to Canada in May of 1949 to Leduc, Alberta. Within a few months, they moved to Ontario where Dad worked as a farm hand, a truck driver, and in a furniture factory. Being an immigrant family necessitated moving often. Rose was born in Campbellford, Margaret in Strathroy, Ron in Picton and Paul and Richard in Belleville. In 1953 they purchased their first farm in Kerwood with Oom Leen and Tante Janny Nugteren, then in 1956 moved to their own farm in Consecon. In 1972 they purchased a farm in Brussels and finally retired to their little house in Stratford. In l998 they moved into Holland Christian Homes.

Mom’s life was devoted to her family. She and Dad were true partners not just in their marriage but also in the running of their farm. Mom was able to master the English language quickly and looked after the correspondence for their business.

Mom was positive, candid, strong, honest and had an outgoing nature. She had the gift of hospitality and knew how to make a house a home. Up until a year ago she enjoyed good health. She tried her very best to be an independent senior citizen.

Mom and Dad provided us with a Christian home where we were loved, cared for and we were safe. Mom truly loved the Lord and felt blessed in all walks of her life. We will love and miss her always.

Bye Mom

A family service will take place with interment at Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Holland Christian Home through the funeral home.


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