It is with deep sorrow that the family of Nanda Tilstra (nee Krist) of Norval, Ontario, announce her peaceful passing at home, on January 9, 2021.
She is predeceased by her parents, Ann & Roelof Krist, and her brother, Jerry Krist.
She is survived by her adoring husband Douwe, of 54 years, and her children: Jo-Anna Nadalin (Robert), Marlene Wilson, Rudy and Ronald (Sudha.) She was a proud Beppe to: Brittany, Jessica, Charlotte, Savannah, Athena, Matthew, Shrayis, Vidya and Reyva. Her sister, Alida Thomas, her brothers, Rudy, Raymond, Brian (Grace) and Rene (Lisa) and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Amsterdam, she emigrated to Canada with her family at the age of 10 and settled in Toronto, then Mississauga. Sharp as a tack, she started her bookkeeping career when she was 18, counting the money for many businesses right up until last week.
She met the love of her life at a Dutch dance in Oakville and we heard many times how she could cut a rug but her future husband had two left feet. They married in 1966 and their adventure began. They started their life in Brampton but moved to Norval in 1973 where they raised their family. Her house was in a constant rotation of redecorating and her hands were never idle: she was either knitting or crocheting or sewing or baking or Googling or breeding Samoyeds or watering her flowers or reading. And man, could she cook!
Raising children was her gift and when that job was done, grandchildren entered her life giving her her greatest joy. Sleepovers, watching old movies, many many sewing projects, building computers and making dolls.
She was all about family togetherness and we will keep all of our traditions going with her in our hearts.
Watch over us Mom; we will do you proud because we learned so well from you. Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite! Pleasant dreams, happy schemes!
A memorial is planned for a time when we can all celebrate her life together.