Betsie was an extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was loved by everyone who knew her. She was born September 25, 1934 in Scheveningen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, to Arend Jan and Johanna Wilhelmina Ter Haar (nee Franke). She was one of four children, with two older sisters, Hettie (Frank) and Joop (Rob), and a younger brother Andre (Lynn). She grew up during and in the aftermath of World War II. She particularly remembered and loved to share stories of her rowing club and its many victories in those days. She left the Netherlands for Canada in 1964 where she worked at Molson. In Canada, she met and in 1967 married (Paul) Douglas Zimmerman to whom she was a loving wife and partner for 53 years. She adopted and adored two children Mark (Alison) and Lisa and was later a loving grandmother to Ava, Waverly and Silas. She was an honorary mom to her youngest brother-in-law Jeff (Nancy), a dear friend to her sister-in-law Cheryl (Leslie) and a favourite aunt to Nancy, Cynthia, Harriët, Jessica, Monique, Rene, Andrew, Shanley, Erica, Jordan and April. She made the lives of everyone she met richer through her warmth, her cooking and her always ready ear and advice. In addition to her family, she is dearly missed by her bridge friends, her Markland neighbours, her children's friends and the many others she touched along the way. She passed peacefully with her family at her side and nearby on August 27, 2020. In keeping with Betsie's wishes and in respect of COVID-19, an outdoor service will be held at graveside for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sick Kids Foundation.
Info: In keeping with Betsie's wishes and the current situation with COVID-19 a brief service will be held outdoors at graveside for family and close friends. Please note: Masks are required at Meadovale.