Winanda Maria Cornelia Adriana Foster (Winnie)

13 Jun 1953 - 03 Oct 2021

Winanda Maria Cornelia Adriana Foster (Winnie)

13 Jun 1953 - 03 Oct 2021

FOSTER, Winanda Maria Cornelia Adriana (van Uden):

After a courageous battle at home on Sunday, 3 October 2021 aged 68. Dearly loved wife of Robin. Cherished mother of Craig, Kris & Treacy. Stepmother of Kylie & Neil, Tracy & Gargz. Oma of Evelyn, Zachary, Holly, Olivia, Amber, and Duqe. Loved sister of Yvonne and Jenny and their families. We wish to extend our sincere thank you to all the staff at Te Rangimarie Hospice.

In preference to flowers please consider a donation to the Hospice Taranaki.

Messages to the Foster Family may be left on Winnie’s tribute page at

A service to celebrate Winnie’s life will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Thursday 7 October 2021 at 10:30am, followed by her cremation.


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Omar I wish you luck on your travels. I will be looking up in the stars every night with Mum and Dad saying hi to you, looking for you, like we do with my Nana Young.
You were the best Omar, thank you for the big cuddles, thank you for all the home grown vegetables that we cooked at home with Mum and Dad. I loved my holidays in New Plymouth coming to see Omar and Grandad Rob.
I love you soooooooooooooooo much. You will be rembered for ever in my life. I have so many photos that I will cherish and talk about with Mum, Dad and Grandad. I will do my best to keep Grandad on his toes. Shine bright my Omar, I will be waving. Your we man Duqe.

Duqe Hawker Young (Foster) ( 07 Oct 2021 )

Wonderful memories of working together in Manly, Brisbane. Loved our walks around the neighbourhood checking all the gardens. Such a practical down to earth person, hard working, focussed & taken too soon. Thoughts for the familty & nearest & dearest - Winnie will be greatky missed - Carol xxx

Carol Pereira ( 07 Oct 2021 )

Our dear Winnie, it feels unreal that we will be saying farewell today to you our dear friend and beautiful colleague, your presence will be so missed at Hospice , you could fix any problem and we are not sure who to go to now for help, but im sure you will leave us some clues around the place..
Take our love with you where ever you are going on your next journey, we will hear your voice and laughter in the hallways and have your step by step instructions to follow, you will be so missed ❤
Our deepest condolences to Robin and family at this sad time x

Letiesha ( 07 Oct 2021 )

Winnie came to work for us in Manly in 1996. She was terrific and we were sorry to see her leave but happy for her that she was finally returning to live in New Zealand. Over the years we managed to keep in touch intermittently and we always hope to have a chance to catch up on our next New Zealand trip but Covid put paid to that. We will always remember Winnie with great fondness. We enjoyed seeing the progress of establishing her life with Robin in New Zealand in the new home. But it's a life cut cruelly short. We offer our deepest condolences to Robin and all the family. We truly valued her friendship. Judy (Hinz) and Peter Masters

Judy & Peter Masters ( 06 Oct 2021 )

dear family, in Holland your Dutch family is very sad. We all will watch the live steam. With tender feelings and memories we think of her. I wish you all strenght (sterkte) with the loss.

Yolanda ( 06 Oct 2021 )

Dear Winnie,

We are so glad we managed to get that lovely walk around beautiful Lake Rotokare with you & Rob back in February. That was the day you told us you weren't feeling well but you were determined to go.
You've been so brave and stoic. Our memories of you will be happy ones but you'll be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to Rob and your family.
Thank you for your friendship of over 50 years.

Brett & Jennie

Brett & Jennie Boyce ( 06 Oct 2021 )

Thank you for our friendship, we miss you. sleep well mate!

keith, Christine, Alice

Keith Blair ( 06 Oct 2021 )

Well Winanda, this wasn't in the plan. I thought we would have a lot more time to get together like we did in Melbourne or even back in New Plymouth, but it was not to be. You said you didn't want any soppy eulogies at your funeral so I will do my best not to here. I'm so sorry I couldn't be there to see you and help out in your last weeks, but it was really nice to be able to talk to you on Messenger and reminisce about the past. Even though we didn't spend a lot of time together as children, my memories are all good ones. You were lucky to have two such nice children who have grown up to be fine adults. I know you are proud of them and your lovely grandchildren.

We have always been three sisters so it is going to be hard to now be only two. I'm used to being the 'middle boiler' with you as the 'oldest boiler'. I guess that's me now.

A big thank you to Robin and Yvonne - the 'youngest boiler' for taking such good care of you in the last few weeks. They made such a difficult time more bearable for you and of course for me stuck here in Adelaide with covid no fly restrictions. Your stoicism and cheerful attitude also helped me greatly and made talking to you when you were so ill much easier.

It won't be the same without you,
Your sister - the middle boiler, Adriana (Jenny) Newton - van Uden

Adriana Newton ( 06 Oct 2021 )

Dear, Dear Winnie. Since we first met and worked together in Brisbane at Cost Less Imports back in 1972, we always managed to stay in touch...many aerograms and letters back in the day when people still wrote, and then getting to visit you in New Plymouth and Brisbane a couple of times over the years. Your kindness and hospitality was always so genuine and caring, no wonder you ended up working for hospice. Will miss you so much. wonderful friend! Tony

Tony Howell ( 05 Oct 2021 )

Dearest Winnie, thank you for your amazing company and great support as part of ops at HT. We had many a laugh and made some great changes as a team. Your gifts with PALCARE will never be forgotten. You will be very much missed dear. With love, Cath

Cath ( 05 Oct 2021 )

Winnie was a breath of fresh air in the strength and ballance classes that we both enjoyed.
She was enthusiastic, fun to be with, proud of her work at the Hospice and all that she and Robin were doing at their rural retreat. She is going to be sorely missed.
My deepest sympathies to Robin and the whanau. Test in peace Winnie.⁣⁣⁣

Gordon ( 05 Oct 2021 )