Born Vera Patricia Vandersteen on July 23, 1924 in Bethnal Green, London, England. Passed away August 14, 2015 in Kootenay Lakes Hospital, Nelson British Columbia. Vandy served as a nurse during WW2 in England then as assistant Matron at a boy’s home, followed by two years’ service in the W.A.A.F before coming to Kaslo in 1954 to work in the Victorian Hospital. She married Arne Svennes in Trail in 1960 before moving to Nelson to work in the Kootenay Lake Hospital in 1961. In 1971 Vandy went to work as Head Nurse at Mount St. Francis until her retirement in 1980. Vandy was an ardent bowler and loved to golf, was a member of the Seniors Citizens Branch 51 and was president for two years.
Vandy was also a member of the Nelson Ascension Lutheran Church and was an active participant in the work of the church. After contracting Macular Degeneration and becoming legally blind in 1984 Vandy became a founding member of the local organization for the visually impared. Pre deceased by both parents, her older sister Irene, and her husband Arne, Vandy is survived by younger brothers Arthur and Joseph (Iris) of England and their families, step-son Ole of Kelowna, step-daughter Marne (Brian) of Port Hardy, grandson Jody (Lisa) of Campbell River and granddaughter Kyla of Woodstock New Brunswick as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews as well as great grandchildren.
The family would like to express our sincere appreciation to the staff of Kootenay Lake Hospital as well as the staff at Mountain Lakes where Vandy resided for the last five years. We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Jill Wilson for all of her help and friendship over these last years of Vandy’s life. There will be a celebration of Vandy’s life on Saturday August 22 at 1:00 PM at the Nelson United Church with tea to follow. Vandy’s wishes were in lieu of flowers please donate to the Ascension Lutheran Church 1805 Silver King Road, Nelson BC, V1L 5T4 to assist in their building project.
Arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service. Online condolences may
be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca