Catherine (Kennes) Van Roestel

Catherine (Kennes) Van Roestel

Our dear mother passed away to meet her Lord, at her residence on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 of Exeter and formerly of Crediton in her 85th year.  Predeceased by her beloved husband Ted Van Roestel (2003).  Much loved mother of Marion Snow and Shawn Jeffery of Usborne Township, Roseanne and Brett Lavier of Tillsonburg, Jane and Gary MacLean of Exeter, John and Melissa Van Roestel of Lucan, Cathy and Jeff Musser of Exeter, Jacky and David Miller of Burlington, and Dan Van Roestel of Exeter.  Dear grandmother of Shannon Snow and Janet Taylor, Stacey Snow and Jacob Jeffery; Jennifer and Roy Leung, Paul and Jennifer Lavier, Steve and Michelle Lavier; Jeff MacLean, Kim and Eric Targon, Michael MacLean; Rachel, Theo and Adrian Van Roestel; Carla and Cameron Musser; Sean, Riley and Jordon Taylor; and great-grandmother of Madeline Leung, Tyler, Ashlyn and Grace MacLean, and Carter and Travis Targon.  Dear sister of Mary and Albert Vandenbogaard, Elisabeth Donkers, Hubert and Frances Kennes, Louie and Carol Kennes, Seline and Peter Visser and sister-in-law of Elizabeth Kennes.  Predeceased by her brothers Joe Kennes and his wife Rachel, Harry Kennes and her brother-in-law John Donkers.  Mom was a dedicated Christian and a wonderful role model who taught us the important values in life through her daily living example of grace.

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street west of Main) on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Precious Blood Parish, 200 Sanders Street West, Exeter on Friday, November 23rd at 11 AM with Father Len Desjardins celebrant.  Interment Exeter Cemetery.  Prayers will be said in the funeral home on Thursday evening at 8:30 PM.

Donations to Community Living South Huron, Precious Blood Building Fund or VON Palliative Care Volunteer Program would be appreciated by the family.

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  1. Judy HAnsen says:

    I am sorry to here the loss of a mother and a grand mother. She will be missed form who all knew her.

  2. Terry Iredale&family says:

    To the families of Catherine Van Roestel Our deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of your Mother and Grandmother.

  3. Brian & Ruth Westelaken & Family says:

    Cathy, Jacky, John, Marion, Jane, Roseanne, and Dan and families. We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a great lady. She seemed to me to be the mother everyone would love to have, a loving, kind and gentle woman. You are all blessed to have such a wonderful mother and through you she will continue to spread her love and kindness.
    May God Bless you all.

    Brian & Ruth

  4. Dave and Shelley Bryson says:

    We know you are grieving the loss of a mother and a friend also, but reflect on all the great memories she has given to all of her children and grandchildren. Our deepest thoughts are with all families.

  5. Carmen & Dave Jones says:

    Melissa & John, though we never met your mom, we see her example of how to raise a loving family through you & your children. Smile when you remember her.

  6. Sandra Newton says:

    Dear Marion, and Jane and Gary
    I was saddened to hear that your mother passed away. It is always difficult to say goodbye to a loved one; especially your mom. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
    Shannon, Stacey, Jeff, Kim, and Michael
    I hope that remembering all the good and fun times with your grandmother will give you peace and memories to charish all your lives.
    Sandra Newton

  7. Allan & Patty Case says:

    Our sincere condolences to the Van Roestel family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the memories.
    Allan, Patty, Liz, Ben & Alana Case

  8. Murray and Kim MacDonald says:

    Cathy , Jeff and Family our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother cherish her memories forever.

  9. The Middletons says:

    Marion, Jane and Gary, Cathy and Jeff and the entire Van Roestel family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

    Jo-Ann & Marshall

  10. arlene and scott thomson says:

    we are sorry to hear of your loss . Our prayers are with your family arlene and scott. laura and melissa thomson

  11. ross alexander says:

    Dear Jane, Gary, Jeff, Kim, Michael and Marrion.
    I am sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you at this sad time.

  12. Barry and Melonie Miller says:

    Van Roestel family…Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Keep your memories of a very sweet and kind mom with you forever…Barry and Melonie Miller

  13. Marianne van Roestel and Ad, the Netherlands says:

    Our thoughts are with Catherine (tante Toke) and the family.
    We have sent our message separately.

  14. Helen Jerry Giesen . says:

    To the Van Roestel – Kennes Family .
    Accept our sympathy with the loss of a dear Lady !

  15. Wayne and Sonia Greb says:

    Marion, Jane, Cathy and all your families

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mother. You and your family are in our thought and prayers.

    Wayne and Sonia Greb

  16. Craig and Patti Sauer says:

    Jacky, Dave and the entire VanRoestel Family,

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your mother, Catherine. She and your father raised a wonderfully large family that I am sure you will find comfort with in the days and months ahead. Our thoughts are with you.

    Patti and Craig Sauer

  17. Yvonne Elliott says:

    To all the Van Roestel Family
    My deepest sympathy to all of you. The loss of a Mom and Grandma is a big one. The sadness you feel today, will give way to the happy thoughts of days gone by. May those thoughts of her sustain you in the days and weeks ahead.
    Thinking of you,
    Yvonne Elliott (Jaques)

  18. Jennifer Haskett says:

    Dear Jane, Gary, Jeff, Kim, Michael and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you at this sad time.

    Jen

  19. Frank and Dianne Dietrich says:

    John and Melissa and families
    Deepest sympathies to you and your family, thinking of you at this sad time. Frank and Dianne Dietrich

  20. Larry and Joyce says:

    Marion and all the Family of Catherine -

    We are so sorry for your loss of a dear Mom and Gramma and she will be missed by family and friends.
    She was a wonderful lady and a beautiful smile when we met. Sorry we did not make it to the funeral home as we have been away and just found out Thurs. night.
    Sincere sympathy and thinking of everyone at this very sad time.
    Love to all

  21. Gerry and Marlene Parsons says:

    To all the family, we send our sympathy and condolences.
    Gerry and Marlene Parsons

  22. Carol Coleman says:

    To the Van Roestel Clan; In a time of distress & sorrow we turn to friendship. And it is abundantly clear each of you have many, many friends. Your mom will be greatly missed by so many. So, I pray that her spirit will shine on in the coming days, months and years. We know that the legacy your parents began long ago & runs deep. Gentle, loving hugs to each of you. God bless.
    Sincerely, Carol, John & family

  23. Helen &Jerry Giesen. says:

    To the VanRoestel Family !
    We are sorry with your loss , accept our sympathy.

  24. Karen Brown says:

    Cathy, Jeff, Carla and Cameron,

    My condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother. I know that the strength of your family will provide a great deal of support as you move through the days ahead. You will be in my prayers.

    Yours, Karen Brown

  25. Pat and John Harlton says:

    Melissa and John, may you be strengthened and encouraged by the love of God and the fellowship of your family and friends as you mourn the loss of your dear Mother, Mother-in law, and Grandma of your children.
    Sincerely,
    Pat and John Harlton

  26. Rick and Patty Sinnamon and family says:

    Marion, Cathy, Jane, Roseanne, Jacky, John, Dan and families
    So very saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. We will remember her for the very sweet and gracious person she was. Hold on to your wonderful memories of her, and stay close to one another for comfort, taking time to share those memories with one another. Sorry we can’t be with you, but your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all,

  27. Dan & Janet Coward says:

    Some people are put on earth to show us how to be kind and good and gentle -your mom was one of them – cherish her memory — Our thoughts are with all of you…

  28. Dianne and Bill Dietrich says:

    To the Van Roestel family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you.

  29. Marjie & Tom Westerveld says:

    Cathy,Jeff,Carla,Cam,,
    So sorry to hear about your moms passing,,,,know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Tom & Marjie

  30. Bill & Linda Soldan says:

    To the entire Van Roestel family…Please know our thoughts & prayers are with you at this sad time. Keep your memories of your Mom close and her spirit will live on..Our deepest sympathy..

  31. Scot Morgan and Judy Parsons says:

    To all the family of Catherine Van Roestel:
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom and Grandma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  32. Theresa LaPorte says:

    Catherine was a beautiful woman, with a contagious smile. She was a She raised a wonderful family. It was my pleasure and honour to care for her and meet all of you. My sympathy to you and your family.

  33. Deb and Bob Gehan and Family says:

    Dear Cathy, Marion Jane and Families

    We would like to extend our deepest condolences to you, and your families. Your Mom was a real lady and will be greatly missed. Think of all the happy times and her words of wisdom she gave to you and that will carry you thru the next days ahead.

  34. Charlene Foxton says:

    To All of You,
    What a wonderful lady, who had such a kind heart.She has given each of you many of her great qualities. Hold on to the memories, which you shall cherish forever. Take Care, Thinking of you!

  35. Bill and Audrey Rowe says:

    Sincere sympathy to each of you at this difficult time. Each of you will have very fond memories to keep her close to your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill, Audrey and Larry Rowe

  36. John & Arlene Berendsen says:

    Sending our love and prayers to your entire family during this difficult time of loss…a beautiful lady and a beautiful legacy… Sincerely,

  37. Dean Boyle and Rhonda Lightfoot says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your families during this very sad time. Our deepest sympathy.

  38. Brenda & Greg Dayman says:

    Marion & Family, Cathy,Jeff & Family
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom & Grandma…Thinking of you all at this sad time!

  39. Chuck & Pam Ross says:

    Cathy & Jeff,
    We were so sorry to hear of your beloved Mom’s passing. Cherish your memories.
    Chuck & Pam

  40. Fred & Christina Godbolt says:

    Marion, Jane & Gary, & Family,
    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your Mom & Mother-in-Law.
    You are all in our thoughts during this time.
    Christina & Fred Godbolt

  41. Susan Oke says:

    Cathy, Jeff, Marion & Shawn,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Cherish the memories and find comfort in them. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Susan

  42. CINDY COUSINEAU TOM BAILEY says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss, you are all in our thoughts, heart and prayers

  43. Kim, Jullie and Morgan says:

    Cathy, Jeff, Carla and Cameron,

    Words fall short of expressing our sorrow for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    Love and Prayers,

    Jullie, Kim & Morgan

  44. Diane and Joe Darling says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time, especially to our dear friends Jane and Gary and Roseanne and Brett. Your Mom was such a beautiful, gentle woman, whom we have missed seeing across from us in Church on Sundays. May the memories of happier times get you through the next little while. With love the Darling Family

  45. Liz Campbell says:

    My deepest sympathy on your loss. My heart goes out to you all as you lose another member of your family. Keep your memories of your Mom and Grandma dear to your hearts. Another guardian angel to watch over you all.
    Sincerely
    Liz Campbell(Giffin)

  46. Sharon & Mary says:

    Marion,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and may you find comfort in all your sweet memories.

  47. kathy penhale says:

    Marion, Roseanne, Jane , John, Cathy ,Jackie and Dan and family .
    I am saddened to hear about the loss of your dear mom and grandma . I have so many happy memories spent with her while supporting Dan – a perk to the job ! . She was such a kind , loving and funny woman . I know how much she will be missed . I know you will treasure the wonderful memories and celebrate her good life .
    kind regards Kathy Penhale

  48. The Traher says:

    John, Melissa. Rachel,Theo and Adrian. Our deepest condolences on the passing or you mom and Oma. I know you will miss her greatly. May she now rest in peace with her husband Ted. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as always. Love The Trahers, Paul, Miriam, Jocelyn, Jamie and Christine.

  49. mary webb (hoevenaars) says:

    My sympathy and condolences and my thoughts and prayers are with Catherine’s family.

    Lots of great memories when we all arrived in Canada in the 50′s.

    Mary Webb, Don passed away 2011

  50. Joan Cleave says:

    My thoughts are with the whole Van Roestel Family at this sad time in your lives…All the special moments and memories you have of your Mom will help you thru this sad time, and keep her in your hearts forever…..
    It is never easy losing a loved one, especially your Mother…She did her job well -
    My heartfelt sympathy to each and every one of you for your loss.
    Joan

  51. Caryl & Gary Sobry says:

    We are saddened to hear about the loss of your mom and sorry we are unable to attend the visitation. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  52. Michael Schaefer & family says:

    Dear MacLean family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mom. We never met her but you always spoke highly of her. May you cherish the memories and find comfort in those around you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Michael Schaefer and family

  53. Brenda and Don Morgan says:

    I just wanted you all to know, how much we loved having your parents, and Danny as our neighbours in Crediton for so many years. We adored your parents, and couldn’t have asked for better people to be so near to us.
    You’re mom, so often reminded me of my own mother,, so private, and quiet, and so spiritual. She was always so friendly, and happy, and always had a smile on her face when ever we saw her. I remember like it was yesterday, your dad and mom, having a hot drink, and a piece of cake, or whatever, at the end of every evening, on their front porch. She always seemed so content to be in her gardens, or behind the lawn mover, when ever your dad was away.
    We miss them both so much, not having them near by. The opening in the trees where your dad always came through to visit, is now grown in with new branches from the ever greens he planted, But for many years, every time we looked at that opening, we expected him to come wandering through. And we have missed him greatly when that hasn’t happened.
    Knowing that they are together again, gives me great comfort. What a grand reunion that must have been.
    They were wonderful people, and have raised wonderful children, who very much remind me of them. I want you all to know you are in my thoughts during this difficult time, and you and your parents are in my prayers.

  54. Lori and Randy Kraul says:

    Praying for you all, that God’s peace and strength brings comfort at this time. Praise our Great God that your Mom is in the Prescence of the living God and she is now healed from all pain and sickness and she is rejoicing! May you trust in the Father’s Love as you celebrate your Mom’s life together and keep all the good memories of her alive. You have strong family ties with one another and that is an amazing testimony of the heritage she has left with you all.
    Love Lori and Randy Kraul

  55. Kathleen Verbeke says:

    To the entire VanRoestel Family,

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother.
    I remember her as a quiet woman who loved her family more than
    anything. Keep her memory alive in your hearts and may God be with all of you during this time of sorrow.

    Kathleen Verbeke

  56. Tom,Tracy Humphreys & family says:

    Jeff, Cathy, Carl and Cam.
    Sorry to hear of your mother / grandmother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Tom, Tracy, Samantha and Tommy Humphreys

  57. Pauline Overholt-Tait says:

    We deepest sympathy in the loss your mom. She was a great lady and she will be missed by many friends and family. Sent with love and prayers.

  58. Pam and Paul Allen says:

    Marion, Cathy and Jeff

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of yor Mom. Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

    Pam and Paul

  59. Larry and Liz Taylor says:

    To all the Van Roestels, Sorry we cannot be with you.

    Our sincere sympathies to all of the family. May God bless you all.

    Larry and Liz Taylor

  60. Tom Hartai says:

    Marion,Cathy,Jane and families
    On behalf of my family and staff, please accept all of my deepest condolences at this difficult time.
    Your Mom was a wonderful person and was always a pleasure to serve in our store in Exeter. Her bright smile and Christian ways will be missed by so many in this community.
    God’s Blessing to you and your great families.
    Tom Hartai

  61. Wendy Meidinger says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with your entire families…God has a very special lady angel with him now.
    Sincerely,
    Wendy
    PSW
    One Care

  62. Steve, Audrey Lucas & Brianne Skiner says:

    Our sincere condolences are with you all on the loss of such a sweet and kind woman. May the memories of your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and neighbour keep her forever close to your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad and difficult time.

    Sincerely
    Steve, Audrey, Lucas & Brianne

  63. Eugene & Linda Webber says:

    To the Entire Van Roestel family:
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your Mother..
    “One Day At A TIme”

  64. Michael & Terri Reid says:

    Cathy, Jeff, Carla and Cam..The Van Roestel Family…

    So sorry that you are going through this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing that she is with her god and that her faith was strong. Enjoy the beautiful memories that you have and the ones that will be shared over the next few days. You are in our thoughts…

    Michael, Terri, Jess and Becca

  65. Al & Ena de Haan says:

    Yes your mother was a sweet & gracious woman. We used to see her walking up Marlborough St. past our house but not for a while now. We wondered and said : I wonder where Mrs. van Roestel is, maybe not well?

    Hold on to your good memories and to your obvious conviction that she is safe now. God bless….

  66. Evelyn Steckle Vincent says:

    To the Van Roestel family,
    Sincere sympathy in your great loss. Catherine was a lovely person and a great example and friend too many. May God grant peace and comfort. Thinking of each of you and lifting you to God in prayer

  67. Wendi and John Schwindt says:

    To all of Catherine’s family…please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. She was a gentle and caring lady who deeply loved her family…she will be missed.

  68. Jerry and Alice MacLean says:

    Dear Jane Gary,Jeff,Kim and Eric,Michael,and your extended family,
    We know this is a very difficult time for all of you!
    We know your love for each other will help to lighten your hearts.
    Lean on the Lord..that is where your real strength comes from.
    The entire VanRoestel family are so very fortunate to have had such a wonderfull lady in their lives.
    Wish we were with you.
    You have our love and sympathy.
    God Bless all of you!
    Mom and Dad / Grandma and Grandpa. xxoo

  69. Steve Garrison & Michelle Campbell says:

    Our sincere sympathies to all of the family on your loss

  70. Dave Frayne & Cathy Cade says:

    To all of the families
    Our thoughts are with you at this time. May your memories of Catherine bring you comfort in the future.

  71. Mark Hartman says:

    Marion and Shawn,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    When you are sorrowful look into your heart and you shall see that you are weeping for that which has been your delight. To the memories that fill your heart.

    Mark and Tracy Hartman

  72. John Zwaan says:

    Dear family members of the late Catherine Van Roestel, on behalf of the Brookside Place Association I wish to extend to you all our deepest sympathy at the passing of Catherine. She was a much loved neighbour and we will miss her quiet spirit among us. May our Lord, whom she loved, grant you strength and comfort today and in the days ahead.

    Sincerely, John Zwaan, President.

  73. Bill Lena van Roestel says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and are very sorry we can’t be there with you So we send our sympathy and condolences
    Bill Lena & Family


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