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Mechtilda (Til) Pruys, nee Nyland, passed away peacefully, with her loving husband, Harry, and family by her side, on Friday, April 22, 2011 at the age of 81.

Til was born Feb. 21, 1930 in Ulft, Gelderland, Netherlands. She immigrated to Canada in August, 1951 and married Harry (Henricus) Pruys on Sept. 1, 1951 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

They lived briefly in Atikokan, Ont. before settling on the family farm in Devlin.

Til is survived by her loving husband, Harry; her children, Mary of Westlock, Alta., John (Dianne) of Thunder Bay, Ont., Tony (Mary) of Marathon, Ont., Ed (Bonnie) of Thunder Bay, Ont., Paul (Lori) of Dryden, Ont., Ron (Janice) of Kenora, Ont., Matilda (Eddie) of Winnipeg, Man., and Liz (Pete) of Winnipeg, Man.; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one sister, Annie.

She was predeceased by her parents, three brothers, and three sisters.

Til enjoyed gardening, knitting, sewing, travelling, and time spent with family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.

If family or friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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