OBITUARY

Johanna "Josie" Henrica Peeters

8 February, 194827 February, 2021

PEETERS (van den Heuvel), Johanna "Josie" Henrica, age 73, of Brook Village.

Mercifully, the angels of God came before dawn and carried Josie up to Heaven, forever freed from all earthly trials, on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at home in Brook Village.

Josie was born in Holland on February 8, 1948, the eldest of eight siblings of the late William and Ardina (Selten) van den Heuvel.

Josie is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Joseph "Joe" Peeters; daughters, Willena (David) van Zutphen, Port Hood; Cathy (Duane) MacNeil, Ottawa; Joanie (Angus) MacDonell, Judique; Christa (Glen) Mooney, Antigonish; grandchildren, Marissa (Anthony), Nicole, Lauren (Mitchell), Luke, Alexander, Hanna Rose, Calli, Sarah, Anthony, Joseph, Alena and Grace; great-grandchildren, Violet and Grayson. Josie is also survived by her siblings, Denny (Mary), Johnny (Hilde), Corry, Cathy (Colin) Campbell, Nelly Munro and Garry (Janie). Josie was predeceased by her sister, Catherina van den Heuvel in infancy; brother-in-law, Graham Munro and sister-in-law, Shirlene van den Heuvel.

In 1966, Joe returned to Holland, where he married his sweetheart Josie on February 19th. One week later, they returned to Nevada Valley, Canada, to start their farm life together. Throughout the years of milking cows, raising three daughters, and tending to the care of Joe's mother, Maria Peeters, Josie carried out her passion for sewing and gardening where neighbors would often be the recipients of her bountiful gardens and creative bedspreads. Josie loved to sing and dance. She enjoyed listening to the radio and partaking in family sing-alongs. In 1980, Josie was diagnosed with M.S. At this time, Joe and Josie sold the farm and welcomed their fourth daughter. Josie was strong in her sickness yet gentle and true. Her strength of character was admired by all. The way Josie exemplified faith and appreciation for the good things in life lightened the burden of M.S. as she always remained positive and continued to see the blessings in life and everyone around her. The way her illness was handled brought new perspective of compassion to the community. Josie's compliments were genuine and sincere, always touching the hearts of many. With an exemplary outlook on life, Josie had a beautiful way of seeing the good in people providing heart-warming welcomes, quick wit and an abundance of gratitude, which shaped her most distinct characteristic- she was the best listener. Josie's generous heart brought her numerous friends. The love and care of Mom's brothers and sisters, and the kindness of our neighbors and community, has helped her tremendously; giving her the strength, courage, and support she needed. Home Care had a special place in her heart, and we are grateful to have shared this journey with such capable and humble people. She was so thankful that she could see her family grow. A special thank you to Dr. Bernie, Dr. Egar and all the nursing staff of Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for all their compassion and care. Joe has stood by her side, as he promised fifty-five years ago, showing pure and devoted love towards Josie, making her journey, and her life, complete.

A private family Mass will be held in St. John The Baptist Church, Brook Village on Thursday, March 4th at 11:00 a.m. with Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in Brook Village Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Brook Village Cemetery Fund, Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital or to the M.S. Society, Atlantic Division.

Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Ardina (Selten) van den Heuvel., Mother (deceased)
  • William van den Heuvel, Father (deceased)
  • Joseph "Joe" Peeters, Husband
  • Besides her husband of fifty-five years, Josie is also survived by herdaughters, Willena (David) van Zutphen, Port Hood; Cathy (Duane) MacNeil, Ottawa; Joanie (Angus) MacDonell, Judique; Christa (Glen) Mooney, Antigonish; grandchildren, Marissa (Anthony), Nicole, Lauren (Mitchell), Luke, Alexander, Hanna Rose, Calli, Sarah, Anthony, Joseph, Alena and Grace; great-grandchildren, Violet and Grayson.Josie is also survived by her siblings, Denny (Mary), Johnny (Hilde), Corry, Cathy (Colin) Campbell, Nelly Munro and Garry (Janie). Josie was predeceased by her sister, Catherina van den Heuvel in infancy; brother-in-law, Graham Munro and sister-in-law, Shirlene van den Heuvel.
  • DONATIONS

  • Brook Village Cemetery Fund
  • Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital
  • M.S. Society

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, 4 March , 2021

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Mary Coady ( Feuren)

7 April 2021

The Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Josie on her recent passing.
May you always cherish her memories as a mother and grandmother.

With sympathy,
Mary Coady (Fleuren)

Sister Theresa Parker

7 March 2021

Dear Joe and family,
My prayer is with you all as you mourn Josie’s passing from this life. Josie lived her illness with great trust in God and in each of you. Most likely she is smiling on each of you now with gratitude.
Sister Theresa (Parker)

Sheila Marie Crouse (Patterson)

7 March 2021

Joe and Josie were nothing short of wonderful and amazing to Kenzie and me when we purchased their farm in 1980.I would not even know where to start to say how kind and helpful Joe,Josie,Willena, Cathy,Joanie and Christa were to both of us and eventually our four children as we got started on the farm in Nevada Valley.Josie faced and lived with her illness the same as she lived her life-with great faith and courage.My heart goes out to all of Josie's family-I feel very sad that I cannot be present in this time of covid.We have lost Josie from Earth but Heaven has gained an extraordinary angel.My sympathy and love goes out to all the family.

John & Willie Duykers

7 March 2021

Sending sympathy to Joe and family. Thinking of you at this difficult time. We have such fond, warm memories of our visits with your family and Josie!

Evan MacDonald

6 March 2021

Joanie was my kindergarten teacher and I'm very saddened to learn about her mother's passing. From reading the remembrances left for Josie, she was clearly a kind and well-loved person. All the best to your family.

Well wishes,
Evan MacDonald

Lisa Leo Heukshorst

5 March 2021

Sending our deepest condolences to you Joe and all your family,ours thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gerry and Thea Duykers

4 March 2021

Dear Joe and family
We were so sorry to learn of Josie’s passing. Her strength and courage were truly remarkable. Please know you’re all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. May she Rest In Peace and may her memory be a blessing.

Gerry and Thea

John and Jacqueline Vosman

4 March 2021

Our sincere sympathy to the Peeters and van den Heuvel families on the loss of Josie. May you be comforted by your memories and feel the support of your family, friends and neighbours at this time. John and Jacqueline Vosman and Family

Paul Meagher

4 March 2021

Our condolences for your families loss. Paul, Adele, Emily and Seamus Meagher.

Rita Van Thiel Lalancette

3 March 2021

Sincere condolences in the loss of Josie. My thoughts and prayers are with you all .

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