Catholic Homes Incorporated’s Trinity Village in Duncraig celebrated a very special milestone this week when Nettie Bloemhard turned 103 years.
Being born on “Friday the 13th” has not been unlucky for Nettie , who celebrated her 103rd birthday on Sunday 13 September, making her the oldest member of the Catholic Homes family.
Nettie was born in Java, Indonesia during the time it was a Dutch colony to a Dutch father and an Indonesian mother. Nettie was one of 18 children, 13 who survived until adulthood and lived in Indonesia until she married and moved to Holland.
In 1977, Nettie immigrated to Australia with her partner and they lived in Adelaide and Cairns until a better climate saw them make Perth their home.
Her friend Mathea, who met Nettie at the Dutch Club in Perth in 1988, describes her as being full of life and a good friend to everyone she met.
“When she was younger she worked in an office, loved music, dancing and eating out. She enjoyed being out meeting people,” Mathea said.
“Over the years she has become my adopted mum and a good friend. I have been her carer for 25 years now and come here daily to visit and look after her. I helped her move here eight years ago, she really loves it – it’s her home.”
‘She really is the sweetest thing.”
Trinity Village Facility Manager Nola Andrews said the aged care facility celebrated Nettie’s birthday with a special party with residents and carers on Monday.
‘It was wonderful to see Nettie’s friends and carers join her for a morning tea to celebrate with her and we look forward to celebrating her 104th birthday with her next year,” Nola said.