Paula "Polly" Vannieuwenhuyze

Vannieuwenhuyze, Paula (Polly) Leona

A resident of Chatham, Paula (Polly) Vannieuwenhuyze passed away peacefully at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at the age of 94. 

She was the daughter of the late Camille & Mary Louise (nee VanDommele) DeFreyne. 

Paula is reunited with her husband, the late Jerome (1982). 

Beloved mother of David Vannieuwenhuyze, Eileen Gawne (Paul) & Michael Vannieuwenhuyze (Karen). 

Grandma of Darrell, Vicki, Kerry (Roland), Krissy, Rob (Martha), Brad (Nicole), & Tara (Steve). Predeceased by grandson, Martin (1983). 

Great-Grandma of Baylie, Owen, Shawn, Trinity, Olivia, Hailey, & Lydia.

Sister of the late Leona Bishop (2018). 

Missed by many nieces, nephews & special friend, Joan Martin. 

Polly enjoyed line dancing at the Active Lifestyle Centre. She volunteered with the Canadian Blood Services for many years. She was a former member of the Beechwood Women's Institute. Polly loved to bake, crochet, knit, and watching Dancing With The Stars.

We would like to say a Special Thank you to Dr. Alvi, nurses and staff of the 4th Floor Medicine A for their care and compassion.

Family to receive friends on Monday, January 23, 2023 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm & 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 180 Wellington Street, Chatham at 10:00 am. Burial to follow at St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery, Thamesville. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at 

McKinlay Funeral Home
459 St. Clair Street,
519 351 2040