Obituary for Anna Helena Reis
Passed away unexpectedly on January 11, 2018 after a brief illness at the young age of 90. Predeceased by her loving and devoted husband of 60 years Ben. Loving, devoted mother of Maria, Johan (daughter-in-law Theresa), and Harry. Very proud grandmother of Carolyn and Shawn. Ecstatic great-grandmother of Desmond and proud grandmother-in-law of Jon. Survived by loving sister Leide Koiter and brothers and sisters-in-law Jan, Maria, John, Jim, Joe, Barb, and Marta. Also survived by loving cousins, nieces, and nephews in Canada and the Netherlands as well as dear and close friends and neighbours including Antonio, Maria, Jennifer, Knub, Frank, and Toni. Predeceased by parents Frederika and Johan Hartmann, parents-in-law John and Maria Reis, siblings Herman, Johannes, Hendrikus, Greta, Lies, Lenea, brothers and sisters-in-law Harm, Leitje, Gerrit, Susan, Henry, Helena. Born on November 19, 1927 in Barger-Compascuum in the Netherlands, Anna was educated and worked in her family’s farm in the Netherlands before immigrating to Canada with husband Ben and her in-laws in 1952. Moving to Milton in 1955, Anna lived for 60 years in her home on Henderson Road, raising a family and establishing close bonds with members of her community. Anna also helped run and maintain the family home while providing loving support for her close friends and family. Anna was also very religious, always going to church, praying, and helping contribute to the growth of the St. Dominics and Holy Rosary faith communities. She enjoyed spending her time gardening, listening to the radio, praying, socializing with others, and spending time with loved ones on holidays and special occasions. Anna had a notoriously positive attitude rooted in her deep faith, always showing gratitude for what she had in life. Even when faced with tremendous hardship Anna was always grateful to be around others and enjoy every aspect of life. Her strength, courage, honesty, spirituality, and joy for life was infectious, rubbing off on all of those who were lucky enough to have known her. She achieved happiness simply by being grateful for what she had. Anna enjoyed every minute of life and always encouraged others to do the same.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the McKERSIE-KOCHER FUNERAL HOME 114 Main St. E. Milton 905-878-4452 on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 3 pm to 7 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Catholic Church 139 Martin St. Milton on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11 am. Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to are encouraged to send flowers or make a donation to a charity of their choice which they feel reflects the values of Anna.