Beloved senior (98) honoured

2019-04-16 06:00
Winefred “Ouma” Lingeveldt (98) says one of the things she misses is to go to the city for shopping.

Winefred “Ouma” Lingeveldt (98) says one of the things she misses is to go to the city for shopping.

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She is the community’s darling, bringing cheer and laughter to all, and Hanover Park has an endless love for Winefred Lingeveldt (98).

Because of this everybody wants a piece of her. In her presence, there is alway cheerfulness, laughter, good conversation and prayer.

Lingeveldt, affectionately known as Ouma, is one of their longest standing senior citizens because even at her age she still oozes confidence and has not lost touch with what is happening around her.

They showed their appreciation by establishing a group called Women For Change at her birthday party on Friday 5 April. This was when Lingeveldt reached the 98th milestone which she says is a blessing.

According to her granddaughter, it was an affair not to be missed where food, drinks and cake were in abundance. Not just for the lady of the moment but for the rest of the community too.

For her, it all started in District Six where she grew up in a household of five children with her being the forth. They have, unfortunately, all passed away.

“We were poor, but I managed to go to school until standard 4,” she remembers. But coming from a family that did not have it all did not stop Ouma from pursuing her studies. She went to school until she reached Grade 6.

Her first job after school was to work as a nanny, her mother looked for that job on her behalf.

“I enjoyed the job even though it was not paying a lot of money because I loved children,” she reminisces.

Her second job was to work as a cleaner at a boarding house, a job she enjoyed because it enabled her to make new friends.

The need to love and be loved was soon satisfied when she met her deceased husband and they got married in 1938.

“He was part of a musical band and that made me fall in love with him,” she shares with a smile.

Her husband was her very own Prince Charming because she says he treated her like a young lady, even though she is convinced that when they got married, she feels she was no longer young.

“He would take me to bioscope and buy me nice things and that would make me happy,” she shares fond memories of her husband who used to work as a butcher but never brought meat home.

They were blessed with 10 children, four girls and six boys. One boy unfortunately passed away. Her first-born is 80-years-old and the last-born is 60- -years-old.

When asked how many grandchildren she has, she could not pinpoint the figure but was more than certain to confirm that there are over 30.

“I always say to people that life belongs to God. If you love God first, all things will go well,” shares Ouma, who reveals that her birthday was a highlight of the year because it brought people from different religions together and they all sat at the same table.

She has not lost touch of what is happening out there, as a result, she is adamant to vote in May and is quick to make it clear that her vote is her secret.

Singing her praises is Brohnwhen Lingeveldt (23), Ouma’s granddaughter who lives with her and Ouma’s last-born son, her father.

“I like that she turns to God with everything and also prays for everyone,” shares Brohnwhen who was raised by Ouma after her parents divorced.

She also reveals that Ouma enjoys playing dominos and is quite good at the game.

A neighbour who describes Ouma as her everything also congratulated her for having come this far and wishes her many more years with good health and wisdom.

Janet Peterson has been living with Ouma for more than 40 years and says that they have never had any issues and that she is a good community member who, at her age, is still part of a club.

“She used to be my mother’s friend and when she passed on, my aunt came to live with us and Ouma befriended my aunt and would pop in every now and then for a cup of coffee,” Peterson shares.

Her wish for Ouma is to enjoy her life, remain the good person she is and keep telling jokes because wherever she is, there are always jokes shared and people left in stitches. “She always includes God in everything she does and says. I wish she would remain like that,” says Peterson.

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