DENNIS, Nellie "Nell"

On April 25, 2020 the Angels sang "Amazing Grace".  The Lord came down and touched her face, held her hand and whispered low, come with me it is time to go.

Nellie passed away peacefully with her daughter Catherine at her side at The Wynfield LTC, in Oshawa, on Saturday, April 25, 2020.  She was one month shy of her 97th year.  Her son and daughter were both able to be with her and comfort her. In her final days she was also surrounded by all the special caregivers on the Purple Woods Unit who cared daily for her and lovingly remember her smile and her character.  Daughter of the late Wasyl and Mary Tkatch of Canora, SK and Oshawa, ON.  Beloved wife of the late Jacob Dennis and loving mother of Ron Dennis of MacArthur Mills, ON and Catherine Meunier (Dennis) and her husband John of Orillia, ON.  Loving sister of the late John Tkatch (Jane) and Aunt to her nieces Jan Foell (Werner) and Pat Suddard (Neil).  Special "Aunt Nell" to Jim and Kathy Shermeto of Oshawa.  Nellie had a life well lived.  Family and friends were important to her and in all she did, whether it was the weekly Sunday family dinners, summer camping at Balsam Lake, working at Sears at the Oshawa Centre, home baking, making Ukrainian Easter Eggs or travelling, Nellie was inquisitive and liked to see new places and try new crafts, and made friends wherever she went.  She was a long-standing member of St. Stephen's United Church, Oshawa.  Nellie encouraged her children to be the best they could be and instilled her values in them.  In her retirement years Nellie spent winters in Poinsettia Park, Fort Myers, FL with her husband Jacob.  These were special times for her and Jacob. She was so involved with all the activities in the park.  She loved Florida and the sunshine.  She painted, rode her 3 wheel bike, played shuffleboard, danced, sang, played bingo, went on day trips and had her own orange trees!  She was truly the Snowbird.  One of her paintings was donated in her memory to The Wynfield – Purple Woods.  Nellie's last home for the past 8 years was on Purple Woods in The Wynfield LTC in Oshawa.  The care she received there from all the caregivers, rec. staff, nurses, hairdresser, social workers, therapists, was beyond exceptional.  They were family to her.  She played bingo, went on day trips, shopping trips, lunch, and outings with her family, celebrated special family dinners for holidays and, above all else... loved watching her Blue Jays on TV.  Cremation arrangements were entrusted to McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905) 433-5558.  There will be a private family interment due to the Covid pandemic.  We encourage relatives and friends to express their sympathies and condolences online at   If you wish, during these trying times, the family suggests that you do an act of kindness for someone or donate in honour of Nellie.  This is what she would have liked.



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  • May 11, 2020

    Jerry and Shirley Cowle
    So sorry Ron and Cathy to hear of your loss. I remember your mom from when I was a kid hanging around your Simcoe St. House...many great memories of the band in your basement. Our thoughts are with you. Your place was like a second to me. 
  • May 13, 2020

    Carol Nass
    Your mom left me with so many positive memories.  Every time I light the candle I think of her and that luncheon we had. 
    My condolences to you and Ron.
  • May 13, 2020

    Mary Stewart
    Cathy and family members.
    My sincere condolences on your loss. My thoughts are with you.
  • May 13, 2020

    Kim Robinson
    I was very sorry to see the notice in the newspaper. My condolences to the family. I have enjoyed conversations with Nell at church many times over the past couple of decades, and have missed seeing her there the last couple years, since she was not able to get out often. She was always upbeat and a joy to talk to. 
  • May 19, 2020

    Carolyn Jenkins
    I just saw in the Durham News about Nellie She will always hold a special spot in my heart.. It was a great pleasure to care for her at Wynfield LTC I will never forget her. Prayers and hugs to you Catherine and Ron and family, at this difficult time. I loved her very much... RIP Nellie
  • May 20, 2020

    Jeff and Jackie Frank
    Sorry to hear of your loss! Our thoughts are with you!
    Nell was a lovely lady. She enjoyed life. She had a joie de vivre! Was energetic and very socially interactive. She liked people and loved her children!
  • May 20, 2020

    Amy Firlotte
    I remember Nellie as  she holds a special place in my heart. I remember when she moved into Purple woods. She always looked her best and made sure she put on her makeup. 
    When I came in to visit she always had fruit and talked about her daughter and Florida. I was thinking of her a few days ago as I do randomly... she was special and always will be.
    Much love to you and your family Nellie 
  • May 20, 2020

    Shauna MacDonald
    Nellie will always hold a special place in my heart ❤️. I miss those mornings helping her put on her makeup and chatting. I miss her smile when I walked in her room to say hi and she says “where have you been” meanwhile I tucked her to bed just the night before. She will forever be missed.
    Sending my deepest sympathy to your family. Rest In Peace angel 
  • May 27, 2020

    Catherine Meunier
    I would like to thank all of you who have left touching remembrances of Mom....particularly to all of you who cared for my Mom over the years in the Wynfield.... Because of you she was able to lead a filling life right to the end.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.....  

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