ASSELSTINE, Vera Katherine (nee Chaplin) - Vera, beloved wife of the late Vernon Asselstine for more than 78 years, passed away peacefully at age 99 on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Scarborough.
She was the loved mother of Gerald, Alan (Mary Frey), Les (Marilyn Ryan), Doug (deceased), Donna (deceased), Floyd (Ruth Smitherman), Colin (Christine Freeman) and Teresa (Max Meer - deceased).
Vera will be missed by her 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Vera was born on April 1, 1920 in Quebec City. She grew up on a small farm near Napanee, Ontario. As an only child, she was very proud of the way she worked alongside her father helping with chores and caring for the animals.
At Napanee High School she met Vernon’s sisters and one of them introduced Vera to Vernon. In 1939, she and Vernon married and went on to establish a home in Oshawa. While Vernon served during World War II, Vera managed their home and cared for their three boys.
By the time they had four boys, they decided to move to their farm in Cartwright Township and continued to expand the family with two more boys and their daughter, Teresa.
In later years they moved to a house in Port Perry and then to an apartment at the Port Perry Villa. In 2015, they moved to Altamont Care Community in Scarborough.
The family of Vera Asselstine will receive friends at the Wagg Funeral Home, Port Perry, on Saturday, July 20th from 1 – 2 p.m. A Service to celebrate her life will be held in the Chapel at 2 p.m. Private interment in Erinsville, ON.
If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.