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Vera Patricia Svennes (VanDersteen)

July 23, 1924 - August 14, 2015


Born Vera Patricia Vandersteen on July 23, 1924 in Bethnal Green, London, England. Passed away August 14, 2015 in Kootenay Lakes Hospital, Nelson British Columbia. Vandy served as a nurse during WW2 in England then as assistant Matron at a boy’s home, followed by two years’ service in the W.A.A.F before coming to Kaslo in 1954 to work in the Victorian Hospital. She married Arne Svennes in Trail in 1960 before moving to Nelson to work in the Kootenay Lake Hospital in 1961. In 1971 Vandy went to work as Head Nurse at Mount St. Francis until her retirement in 1980. Vandy was an ardent bowler and loved to golf, was a member of the Seniors Citizens Branch 51 and was president for two years. Vandy was also a member of the Nelson Ascension Lutheran Church and was an active participant in the work of the church. After contracting Macular Degeneration and becoming legally blind in 1984 Vandy became a founding member of the local organization for the visually impared. Pre deceased by both parents, her older sister Irene, and her husband Arne, Vandy is survived by younger brothers Arthur and Joseph (Iris) of England and their families, step-son Ole of Kelowna, step-daughter Marne (Brian) of Port Hardy, grandson Jody (Lisa) of Campbell River and granddaughter Kyla of Woodstock New Brunswick as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews as well as great grandchildren. The family would like to express our sincere appreciation to the staff of Kootenay Lake Hospital as well as the staff at Mountain Lakes where Vandy resided for the last five years. We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Jill Wilson for all of her help and friendship over these last years of Vandy’s life. There will be a celebration of Vandy’s life on Saturday August 22 at 1:00 PM at the Nelson United Church with tea to follow. Vandy’s wishes were in lieu of flowers please donate to the Ascension Lutheran Church 1805 Silver King Road, Nelson BC, V1L 5T4 to assist in their building project.


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From: M Joey Gatchell
Relation: Friend

Ole, Marnie and families, I am so sorry to hear of Vandy’s passing. She and Arne were so important in our lives and the lives of our kids when they were growing up. I remember Vandy phoning me on Halloween night if the kids hadn’t made it down that far to make sure they were coming because she always had something special for them. The last time, our group (Glacier Harmonies) went up to Mountain Lakes to sing in June, she wasn’t up to listening to us sing so I missed our little chat. And of course your Dad was my buddy from work at the City Garage & Transit….used to give me rides home and always brought me 1/2 a sandwich and a banana because he thought I was too skinny….lol
Keeping you and your families in my prayers. Take care. Joey (& Terry) Gatchell

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