Aaltje Gordanier

Elsie Gordanier

Saturday, February 3rd, 1951 Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

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Obituary for Elsie Gordanier

Gordanier, Aaltje Elsien (nee Baptist)
It is with profound sadness that the family of Aaltje Elsien Gordanier nee: Baptist, announces her passing on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Orangeville, Ontario, after a courageous battle with cancer. Elsie was predeceased by her father Hendrik Baptist and her mother Alie Baptist nee: Ensing. Elsie will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 48 years, Robert, and their 4 children and 7 grandchildren, Andrew (Janet), Keith and Emily, Jonathan (Angee), Taylor and Ella,David (Shannon), Haidyn and Pierce, Rachel (Brad Atkinson), Scarlett and by her sisters, Jenny Baptist and Alice McDonald.
Elsie was born on February 3, 1951 in Emmen Erfscheidenveen, the Netherlands, and immigrated to Canada with her parents in 1951 at the age of 3 months. Elsie grew up in Oakville, Ontario.
She graduated from the Hamilton and District School of Nursing in 1971 as a Registered Nurse. Her contribution to the nursing profession and compassion for those in her care is immeasurable. Elsie spent years as obstetrical nurse, dental nurse anesthetist, geriatric nurse, alternative health professional and foot care nurse. Elsie was a dedicated wife, mother and Oma and brought great joy, laughter and love to her family. She was devoted to her family and so enjoyed the many, many years on the farm. She also enjoyed her years singing in choirs, knitting, reading and yoga. Now and forever more in our hearts.
A Memorial Reception will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First St., Orangeville on Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

A few of Elsie's favourite sayings were:
“This too shall pass”
“It’s all temporary”
“Stop fooling around! I don’t have time to take you to the hospital”
“The power of love and forgiveness”

Donations to Headwaters Health Care Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
A tree will be planted in memory of Elsie in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The next annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 4th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Sunday, October 4th, 2020
    1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Bob and family, When we read of Elsies passing it's taken me the week to settle with the fact that she is no longer going to be there for you and the kids. Our heart felt sympathy to you.Our door is always open to you, coffee and a reminisce would be good for us all. Not sure if we'll be at the reception in Oct due to covid, things my change but please know your in our heart.
Sandy & Bernard
Comment | Posted at 10:27am via Condolence

Isabel Dopta

Our love to Bob and family. Elsie was a beautiful woman.
Comment | Posted at 10:02am via Condolence

Karen Black

My deepest condolences to Bob & family. I knew Elsie @ Dufferin Area Hospital as a co-worker. Elsie always had a smile & was dedicated to her patients.
Comment | Posted at 07:30pm via Condolence

Monica Muckenfuss

Dear Rachel and Family,
I was so saddened to read of Elsie's passing this morning. I know she had been ill for a long time, but it was still a shock. She was a remarkable woman- smart and talented with strong principles and beliefs. I so enjoyed our chats over the years. I know how much she loved and was dedicated to her family especially her grandchildren. One or more of you always came up when we talked. I hope your memories of her will sustain you all at this difficult time and as you go forward. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Monica Muckenfuss
Comment | Posted at 11:38am via Condolence

Goodie and Bruce

Bob, so sorry for your loss. Elsie was a rock. I remember her best for her bemused smile as people around her hashed over life's troubles.
Comment | Posted at 07:13am via Condolence

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