Agnes Elizabeth Wouterloot (nee O’Neill)

September 28, 1921 – August 19, 2021
Former Maple Ridge resident , Agnes Wouterloot passed away peacefully in Nanaimo after spending 36 yrs. of retirement there. Agnes was born in Winnipeg, Man., the 2nd daughter and 2nd child of 4 children, to Margaret and Leo O’Neill, both of Irish descent, who had immigrated to Canada from Manchester England.
She grew up in the neighbourhood of St James attending elementary school & high school there. After graduation she moved to Vancouver on her own, staying with Aunt Lizzie and Uncle Domenic. She enrolled in business courses and after their completion worked in Banking.
Following World War 2, she met Jan Wouterloot, an engineer with the Dutch Merchant ships. She moved to Leiden, The Netherlands, and there she and Jan were married. Their first child, son Johan, was born there in 1952 and second child, son William, was born in Uitgeest in 1956.
In 1958, they moved back to Vancouver, where daughter Margaret was born soon after their arrival. They stayed with family while a house was being built in Haney. While Jan worked, Agnes was home with the kids in school. During the 1960’s, several of Jan’s work stints took the family to Winter Harbour twice, Ucluelet 3 times and Calgary once. Later, Agnes trained to become a certified Preschool teacher. In the early ’70,s, Agnes and Jan bought a little old house at 21698 Dewdney Trunk and converted it into the Adventure Preschool and soon after formed a non-profit society.
In 1985, they moved to a newly built retirement home in Lantzville B.C. In 1997, Jan passed away, the house was sold and Agnes moved to a waterfront condo in Nanaimo. She stayed there until her passing. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sister Margaret and her brothers Arthur and Charles (Chud).
Agnes enjoyed birds, gardening, listening to radio programs and nature walks with the people in her condo complex, The Cameron Island Walkers. She was very knowledgeable and enjoyed discussing world politics and current events. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Any messages to be included in the Celebration of Life for Agnes, September 28, 2021 can be sent to: bwouterloot@gmail.com. Due to the constraints of Covid 19, the Celebration of Life would be limited to immediate family and close friends. Obituary


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