Elisabeth Joosse-Schuurman

19/09/1946 - 28/06/2020

Obituary for Elisabeth Joosse-Schuurman

September 19, 1946 – June 28, 2020

Elisabeth went Home to be with her Saviour in the morning of the Lord’s day, June 28, 2020 after a 2 year and 5-month long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren, and her great-grandchild throughout the last week of her life and passed with her husband and two of her sons by her side.

Elisabeth was born September 19, 1946 in Dordrecht, Netherlands. She attended housekeeping school in Driebergen. As an adult she worked as a nurse at handicapped children’s care homes in Katwijk and Leersum, Netherlands.

In 1968 Elisabeth met Pieter Joosse, they were married in November 1969. They went on to have three sons: Robert, Andre, and Alfred. The family moved from Driebergen to St. Thomas, Ontario on June 2, 1983. Here, their son Jamie was born December 19, 1985. In September 2004, they moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta. Elisabeth had worked as a housekeeper in Ontario and continued to do so in Alberta for several years.

Elisabeth will be lovingly remembered by her husband Pieter, her sons Robert, Andre (Greta): grandchildren Felicia, Jasmine and Carissa, her son Alfred (Juanita): grandchildren Serena, Brandon, Hannah, Damian (Laura) and great-grandson Patrick, her son Jamie (Stacey): grandchildren Declan and Brynn, as well as her brothers Jaap (Bets) and Wim (Wilma), and her sister-in-law Wil Poorter.

She was predeceased by her father Willem Johannes Schuurman, her mother Adriana Schuurman-Van Herwijnen, and her siblings Arend and Ad Schuurman.

A Funeral Service for Elisabeth will take place at 11:00am on July 4, 2020 at Bear Creek Funeral Home (11802 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie). Live streaming will be available on the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube Page

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Oom Piet, Robert, Andre, Alfred en Jamie, Gecondoleerd met het verlies van tante Lisette Joosse. Op deze afstand is dat ingewikkeld. Vandaag is de begrafenis. Ik wens jullie heel veel kracht toe om dit enorme verlies een plekje te geven! Sterkte en een mooie gedenkwaardige dag. Wij zullen de uitvaart via de link volgen. Liefs Ilse Schuurman-de Beer
- Ilse Schuurman

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