Kaatje “Katie” Abels

January 7, 1925 - August 20, 2020

Funeral Details:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Kaatje (Katie) Abels (Bron), loving wife of Jacob Abels (deceased), loving mother of Jantine (Tina) Armstrong (husband Richard), Hendrick Abels (wife Bonnie), and Edward Abels (wife Judy).  Devoted Grandmother to Micheal Armstrong (wife Courtney), Jacob Abels (wife Cara), Scott Abels, Cody Abels (wife Chantel) and Jody Hoag (husband Jon).  Loving great grandmother to Deacon, Perry, Cooper, Blake, Luca, and Brooke.  Survived by two sisters Aleida and Hinke.  Katie will be fondly remembered and missed by all the people whose lives she touched over her lifetime.  We wish to extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation to the wonderful staff at Mill Creek Care Centre who provided such compassionate, attentive, and dedicated support to all the residents in their care.  Online condolences may be made at www.peacefultransition.ca

Peaceful Transition Simcoe


12 Condolences
  • Krista and Ken Lidster
    Posted on: Monday, August 24, 2020 Reply

    We are so sorry to hear the sad news about your Mom. She was a wonderful Aunt and I was proud to be named after her. Heaven has received another beautiful angel. Sending love to all. Lots of love….Ken and Krista

  • Frances Pruim
    Posted on: Monday, August 24, 2020 Reply

    Remembering many amazing times spent with your mom. She was a beautiful soul. Sending love and prayers 💗🙏

  • Rochelle Volchoff
    Posted on: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Reply

    Dear Tina and family,
    I have many fond memories of Katie from my visits as a Case Manager. I loved hearing the brave stories about her and her husband during the war. She was a delightful woman and I’m sure she will be missed.
    My sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad time.

  • Evelyn and Malcolm Morrison
    Posted on: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Reply

    She will be missed by so many. She touched the lives of so many people. We always loved our visits and listening to all of her stories. I’m sure there were many people happy to have her back with them and they are dancing up a storm up there. Sending love and hugs. Evelyn, Malcolm, Jeremy and Sabrina.

  • Peggy Tjitske Hayden
    Posted on: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Reply

    Remembering my brave Aunt Katie or Tante Kaatje as I always called her. I can hear her voice, her laughter as I write. She was daring as a young woman when she was part of the Resistance movement in the Netherlands during World War Two. She was daring when she immigrated to Canada with her husband Jacob and their young daughter Tina.
    Our families lived near each other during the first 10 years in Canada. I remember the births of Hank and Ed. And I remember all the love , the sharing the help our families gave each other as immigrants in our new country, Canada.
    Tante Kaatje was my mother’s younger sister. Our fathers were best friends. What a wonderful experience it was to witness the love between our two families.
    Thank you Tante Kaatje and Oom Jaap for the wonderful memories.
    Sending love to Tina, Hank, Ed and their families.
    Peggy and David Hayden

  • Judy Smith
    Posted on: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Reply

    I spent most of my teenage years at this wonderful ladies home. She always greeted me with a big smile making me love her more and more. She was very sweet and loving.
    Mrs. Abels may you Rest In Peace beside your loving husband.

  • Thilda Haskell and Family
    Posted on: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Reply

    Sending condolences to the family. I will always remember your Mom with a smile on her face, giving you a big hug when she saw you and making you feel special.. Proud to be a part of her family.. Sending love to your family..

  • Marja Oosterbaan
    Posted on: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Reply

    Lieve Familie,wij willen jullie heel veel sterkte wensen en dat mooie herinneringen het verdriet een beetje kan verzachten!
    Lieve groet,Kees Maas en Marja Oosterbaan(dochter van jongste zus van tante Kaatje,Boukje.

  • Terry & Lynn Vinnai
    Posted on: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Reply

    Katie was such a lovely lady, always kind and caring. So nice to have known her. So sorry for your loss. Terry & Lynn

  • Evert and Helen Bron
    Posted on: Thursday, August 27, 2020 Reply

    Tante Kaatje was a kind, gentle and caring aunt whom we were privileged to have in our extended family.

    Always interested in her many nieces and nephews (and their spouses and children ) she greeted all with a smile and a hug.

    She leaves a big gap in all our lives, but will be remembered with a tear and a smile.

    Condolences and love to Tina, Henk, Ed and their families.

    Helen & Evert Bron

  • Gregor Averell
    Posted on: Friday, August 28, 2020 Reply

    Your mom and dad were always so kind to me as I spent a lot time playing in your house as a kid with Ed. My thoughts are with your family.

    Gregor Averell

  • Evert and Helen Bron
    Posted on: Sunday, August 30, 2020 Reply

    Tante Kaatje was one of the most delightful people we have known. It was a privilege to have her in our extended family.

    Over many decades, her kindness and ever present smile never waned.

    She will be greatly missed by all of us. Sincere condolences and love to Tina, Henk and Ed together with their families.

    Helen & Evert Bron

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