Obituary of Trudy Labrie
Labrie, Trudy (Truus)
October 9, 1927- November 28, 2022
It is with heavy hearts and beautiful memories that we announce the passing of our mother, oma, great oma and sister who was in her 96th year and went to be with her Lord on November 28, 2022. She will forever be remembered as a kind and loving woman by her family and friends. She leaves behind her children Agnes, Grace (Art), and Jim (Beth), her grandchildren Trevor, Brad (Megan), Julia (Alex), Tasha, Josh, and her great grandson Jacob who were truly her pride and joy.
She will also be deeply missed by her beloved sisters and brothers-in-law Kryna and Pete VanGeest, Claudia and Graham Poirier, and her many nieces and nephews.
We love you Mom, Oma, Truus, and we know you’re saying, “I love you much more.”
Trudy was born October 9, 1927 in Boskoop, Netherlands. She immigrated to Canada in 1950 with her parents, brother and two younger sisters.
Trudy met and married the love of her life Jacob in April 1952. They were married for 68 years before Jacob passed in 2020.
Trudy worked for a short period before and after her marriage at the Beamsville Basket Factory before changing careers to become a mother and homemaker. She focused on caring for her family and making her home a loving and welcoming place for all those who stopped by for a visit. You could always count on good conversation and a fresh pot of coffee every afternoon (served with a plate of homemade lemon cookies or black forest cake) – and on Sundays, a hot bowl of soup.
She and Jacob lived their entire married life in Vineland where they raised their family and watched their grandchildren grow up. She was the matriarch of her family and found her greatest joy in gathering all her family and loved ones together.
Trudy was a talented seamstress, and many can attest to the skill of her cross stitching, knitting, and crocheting; these beloved treasures fill the homes of her friends and family today. In her years living at the Orchardview Apartments she was always happily knitting and crocheting for residents of the Mennonite Home, and for their fundraising events, putting love and care into each stitch.
She also loved her volunteer work at the “Wednesday Soup Day Lunches” and would always be able to tell you how many bowls of soup they sold that day!
Trudy spent her final two and a half years as a resident of the Mennonite Home and although her mind and memory were affected by dementia, she continued to be known as a kind, sweet woman who despite everything was always smiling (and making us laugh with her witty sense of humour). She will be missed by many.
The funeral service and celebration of her life will be held at Tallman Funeral Home in Vineland on Monday December 5th at 2:00 pm. Following the service there will a luncheon in the Fireside Room to share memories and meet with the family. A private family interment at the Vineland Cemetery will have taken place prior to the service.
We are so grateful to the United Mennonite Home staff and Dr. Woodland for the wonderful care you provided for mom during her time there and she will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers please feel free to send your memorial donations to the United Mennonite Home in Vineland.
The service will be livestreamed, to view the livestream at the time of the service click here - Trudy Labrie Livestream