Lammerts: José of Trail and formerly of White Rock, passed away on March 1, 2011 at Rosewood Village in Trail. She was born in Hengelo Netherlands on February 15, 1935.
José immigrated to Canada in 1957 two days after her marriage to Bill Lammerts. They began their married life in the Lower Mainland. As Bill established his career as a land surveyor, José cherished the years she happily raised their three children, Ray, Ingrid and Mike while continuously packing the family up to live in eleven BC Communities. José lived a very busy life in all these new places by getting involved in the local Catholic Woman’s Leagues, parenting groups, Kinnettes, Rotary Anns and helping fund raise for many children’s organizations. She loved to spend time with her five grandchildren, camping, swimming, trips to all the kid stuff in Vancouver especially Science World and picnics complete with tablecloths. Her other love was travel and entertaining other travelers to show them the beautiful province she lived in. José worked in the office for her husband’s Survey companies and as an interior decorator. She loved creating beautiful spaces and learned decorating while working in her parents’ furniture store in Holland. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, classical music and entertaining friends and family.
The family of José would express their heartfelt thanks to all the caring, wonderful staff at Rosewood who helped Mom and allowed her to live the last six years with independence and dignity. Appreciation is also extended to Dr. Hii, Paula and Peter Makortoff, health professionals at KBRH and ambulance attendants who were always patient and caring during her extended illness.
José is survived by her children Ray, Ingrid (Ron) Hope, Michael (Tracey) and grandchildren Ryan (Kris), Renee (Mike), Robyn (Nathan), Dustin (Amber), Mackenzie (Darren), Cecila, James and Christie, great-grandchildren Brayden, Carson and Deegan, sisters Siny (Geert) Kral, Lidy (Jan) Olthuis, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband William, brother Gerard Oude Reimer, and sister Maryke Kiphardt.
A funeral service will be held at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Fruitvale on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., with Father Marcel Cote as celebrant. A mass of intention will take place at the Star of the Sea Parish in White Rock, March 7th at 9:00 am with interment to follow. José will be laid to rest beside her husband at Gethsemani Cemetery in Surrey on March 7th at 10:00 am. Al Grywacheski of Personal Alternative Funeral Services “Carberry’s Chapel” is entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in José’s memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4050 Gravely Street, Burnaby, BC V5C 4A5.