A lifetime resident of the Williamsburg area, Doris Casselman passed away suddenly at the Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault on Friday, December 30, 2011. She was 90.
Doris was born in Williamsburg Township on June 7, 1921 to her parents John and Sarah Whitteker (nee Casselman).
On October 2, 1941 she married Hubert Casselman and together they had 3 children Ron, Dennis and Jo-Anne. Doris remained at the family farm west of Williamsburg, while Hubert was away training for the Air Force. In 1942 their first child Ron was born. Two years later in 1944 their second son Dennis was born. The family then was stationed in Exetoer Ont., when their third child Jo-Anne was born in 1948. From Exeter the family was then stationed in Claresholm, Alberta. The family returned home to Williamsburg in 1952 and resided with Doris's mother Sadie for a short time. They then rented for a while before building a new home on Pinkus Drive in 1960 where Doris resided until health problems forced her to leave her home in 2009.
Doris worked on the family farm as a child. After returning home from Alberta she then worked at English's Clothing Store, Fairbairn Furniture Store in Williamsburg and as a clerk at the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. Her final place of employment was at Upper Canada Village.
Upon retirement Doris and Hubert did some travelling with a group of close friends.
Doris was a very special person who meant so many things to many people. She enjoyed baking, gardening and bird watching. She was a great mentor and advisor. She was patient and kind and always put others before her. She always leant a helping hand. She left a special mark on everyone and was known to all as "Nan." She let everyone know how important they all were to her.
Doris is survived by her children Ron Casselman (Linda) of Williamsburg, Dennis Casselman (Kathy) of Williamsburg and Jo-Anne Whitteker of Cardinal., her siblings Edna Schell of Williamsburg, Ivan Whitteker (Shirley Moke) of Williamsburg, Rex Whitteker (Mary Ruth) of Morrisburg and Glenn Whitteker (Lois) of Perth. Nan will be fondly remembered by 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Hubert, her brother Ward Whitteker and her sisters Velda Steinburg and Flora Whitteker. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
A private family Funeral Service was held at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg on Monday, January 2, 2012, with Rev. Noreen Gullons officiating. Cremation followed. Pallbearers were grandchildren Todd Casselman, Traci Bailey, Mark Cassselman, David Casselman, Paul Casselman, Angie Merkley and Derek Whitteker. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Interment of cremated remais will be at New Union Cemetery , Williamsburg . Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.