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Vera G. Witsel


Vera G. Witsel

Vera Geneva Witsel, 85, of River Hebert, N.S. passed away at Cumberland Regional Health Center in Amherst on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Born in Lower Cove, N.S. she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Phoebe (White) Burbine. 

Vera worked at Margolian’s for many years before enjoying her much deserved retirement. She was a member of the St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.

She is survived by four sons: Curtis (Susan) Witsel of Ardrossan, AB; Anthony (Valerie) Witsel of Fort McCleod, AB; Ronald (Debbie Stadnyk) Witsel of Edmonton, AB, Chris (Gina Searle) Witsel of Halifax, N.S.; and 2 daughters: Catherine (Edward) Brine of Edmonton, AB; Jeannie (Alan Layton) Witsel of Edmonton, AB.,as well as by sister Elsie (Murray McLellan) Venus of Amherst, brother Ronald (Fern) Burbine of River Hebert, and brother Gary (Ann) Burbine of Springhill.  She has several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Arthur Witsel, daughter Debbie Hicks, son Joseph Witsel (in infancy) and sister Freda Patterson.

Her family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Vera's granddaughter, Tanya, for her bedside devotion, and to the staff of the CRHC palliative care unit for their professionalism and understanding.

Arrangements have been entrusted into the care and supervision of the Jones Family Funeral Centre, 70 Church St., Amherst, NS (902-667-8777).  Public visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 21, from 6 to 8 pm at the Jones Family Funeral Centre, Amherst.  All are asked to attend and show your support for Vera's Family who has had to postpone her remembrance until this time.  We will be abiding by Covid-19 restrictions, including Social Distancing, and wearing a mask is recommended.  Vera's funeral will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11 am.  Following her funeral, she will be laid to rest beside her husband Arthur in the St. Denis Cemetery, Minudie, NS.

Those wishing to make a donation in Vera's memory may do so to the Lillian Albion Animal Shelter in Upper Nappan, or to any other charity of choice.

Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Vera's online memorial at or through the Jones Family Funeral Centre Facebook Page.

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Service Date
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Service Time
11 am
Service Location
Jones Family Funeral Centre, Amherst, NS

July 21, 2020
Visitation Time
6 to 8 pm
Visitation Location
Jones Family Funeral Centre, Amherst, NS

Burial Date
July 22, 2020
Burial Time
Following the funeral.
Burial Location
St. Denis Cemetery, Minudie, NS.

Requested Charity
Lillian Albion Animal Shelter or charity of choice