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Cornelia Corrie Zandee

December 16, 1932 - October 28, 2009


On October 28th, 2009, Mrs. Cornelia “Corrie” Zandee of Oliver went to be with our Lord, at the South Okanagan General Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
She will be greatly remembered by her loving family including husband Gerard of fifty three years; daughter Cornelia “Lia” (Bob) Pinske; granddaughters Kimberly (fiancée Licinio) & Bryenna; son Robert (Tracy) Zandee and grandson Gavin; one brother John (Sylvia) van der Vliet in Comox, BC; four brothers and two sisters in Holland as well as many nieces and nephews.
Corrie was born on December 16, 1932 in Kapelle, Holland. She came to Canada in 1958 with her husband and fourteen month old daughter. On arrival she went to work on an orchard owned by Albert Murphy. Corrie and Gerard formed Gerard’s Equipment Ltd. in 1973 and worked until her passing.
Oma loved her grandchildren dearly and was always there for them. She was a very active member of the Valley Congregational Christian Church, serving as chairman of the board as well as holding offices in the ReDina Circle, participating in Bible studies and tea and bake sales as well as a member of the Choir.
Corrie taught exercise classes at the Oliver Seniors Centre for over twenty years. Corrie taught figure skating when the Oliver arena first opened to many children in the area. She and Gerard travelled extensively around Europe, Canada and the U.S. She delivered meals on wheels for many years and helped start the Trade Shows in Oliver in the 1990’s.
A celebration of life service was officiated by Pastor Ken Clarke at 11:00 A.M. Monday November 2, 2009 at the Valley Congregational Christian Church. A reception hosted by the ReDina Circle followed the service. She was then laid to rest in the Oliver Municipal Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to the Desert Valley Hospice Society, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0.
Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting
Oma: We will carry on, you will always be in our hearts and minds. We miss you!
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC


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From: Marion Boyd
Relation: friend

I will never forget sharing a hospital bed with Corrie at the birth of our children, Monica and Robert. Everyone knows the story of the mix up at birth where Corrie fed Monica. Not everyone knows the absolute love and devotion she brought to her little son. She couldn’t stop bubbling and hugging and her delight never ceased. She was a fine example within both her family and the community. She will be deeply missed. Sincerely, Marion

From: Jim MacNaughton
Relation: friend

Dear Gerard, Lia and Bob, Robert- Sometime has gone by since Corrie’s passing, and I am a long ways away and news comes here late as my Oliver Chronicle is sometimes 3 weeks late. I wanted to express firstly my sympathy for your loss, Corrie was a tower of strength for all of you and I look back on the years as she and Gerard started the business and her work in Oliver United Church and then the Congregational church with fond memories. Corrie could move mountains with her very positive outlook on life and the principles she lived by never wavered- she and I may not always have agreed on everything but she was my friend. I have missed all of you as Cape Breton is a long ways from Oliver, but my wife Barb and I have made a new life here and believe it or not even in retirement I have been put back to work running a 3 point charge for the United Church in Inverness, Mabou( home of the Rankins) and Port Hood( the place where Luc and Joyce Hensburgen began their married lives)… I extend a warm hug to all of you.. Blessings… Jim MacNaughton

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
November 2, 2009
Beginning at 11:00am

Valley Congregational Christian Church
30850 - 71st Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

A reception at the church fellowship hall will follow the funeral service. Corrie will be laid to rest at 2:00 P.M. Monday November 2, 2009 at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery.

30850 - 71st Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

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Oliver, BC
V0H 1T0


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