Posted: September 30th, 2021


Corry (van Roessel, van Son)


It is with heavy hearts that the family of Cornelia Brenner announces her passing on September 12, 2021.

Corry was born on May 25, 1928, in Helvoirt, Holland, to Adrianna and Wilhelmus van Roessel. She joined two older brothers, Kees and Sjaac (Jack), followed by seven others; An, Toon, Frans, Riet, Jan, Tiny and Trees. Corry’s education was cut short after losing her mother in 1941. She became Sister-Mother to her siblings.

In 1955, Corry married John van Son and they immigrated to Canada. Over the next 11 years, they had three sons and four daughters. Corry worked tirelessly and scrimped to help finance the farm in Hays. She raised her children, gardened, cleaned barns, shoveled in bins, volunteered at the church, school and Girl Guides. Corry’s brother Jack and wife Connie had also immigrated to Canada. Connie and Corry leaned on each other through child bearing years, were each other’s babysitter and mentor.

In 1988, Corry moved to Taber and worked in a daycare and as a nanny. At the age of 62, she learned to read and write English. In the August snowstorm of 1992, Corry married Ed Brenner. His four children became part of Corry’s life and continued to do so after Ed’s passing. She won Senior Citizen of the Year for Taber at the age of 75. She had 20 pins as a volunteer for the Taber Health Center, with over 500 hours and over 25 years.

Corry was completely devastated to lose her daughter, Wilma, in 2011. She travelled to many places, mostly to visit family. Large family gatherings were what made her the happiest.

She will forever be cherished by her children and grandchildren; Tony and Linda (Jennifer, Brendan and Curtis), Audrey and Doug (Corey, Ryan, Shaun and Kyle), Betty and Bruce (Shane, Shari and Trevor), (Wilma) and Gord (Kathleen and Brett), Kerry and Pierrie (Michael and Stephen), Andrew and Tracy (Justin and Shelby), Joanne and Greg (Nicole and Brodie). Numerous grand-in-laws, great-grandchildren, step grandchildren, step relatives, her siblings and their families, Riet Brok and Antoon van Son and the van Son families.

Corry was predeceased by her daughter, Wilma (Smiley), great grandson Anthony van Son, as well as her brothers Kees, Jack and Toon; sister Riet; sister-in-law Jo Brok; brothers-in-law Huup and Tiny van Son, as well as numerous extended family and friends. The celebration in heaven will be amazing.

A special thank you to Good Samaritan’s N, cottage 5, for all the years of caring and compassion they gave to our Mom and Oma.

Celebration of her life will be held October 1, 2021, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Taber. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, it will be a small family gathering.

In memory of Corry, donations can be made to help children in need, or a charity of one’s choice.


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2 Condolences for “BRENNER, Corry”

  1. Cindy Prestie says:

    To all Wilmas family may her mom be with her in a better place .

  2. Billie Johnson says:

    Some of my happiest memories growing up were of her as my next door neighbor. She was an incredible person, I’m thankful that I knew her.

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