Ava Niessen


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home
47 Wellington St. South
St. Marys, Ontario, Canada

Funeral Service

2:00 pm
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home
47 Wellington St. South
St. Marys, Ontario, Canada

Obituary of Ava Grace Niessen

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we must announce the passing of our little baby girl.

Ava Grace Niessen Born on February 6, 2023, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 3rd, 2023, at 25 days old.

She was the beloved daughter of Courtney (Smith) Niessen and Mark Niessen of Mitchell ON.

In her short life Ava brought so much love and joy to the lives of those whom she touched. In her short time with us, Ava only knew love and was surrounded by family and friends.

Ava spent lots of her time in the arms of her parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Ava experienced many kisses and hugs. She loved to hold your finger at any chance she could get. If she thought you weren’t giving her bottle to her fast enough, she would even try to grab that. Ava loved bedtime stories!

Our brave little girl was a champion in all that she did. She was bright, and sweet, and touched the lives of all of those around her.

We were blessed with an angel on February 6th. Although our time was cut far too short, our hearts will forever be filled with love, honor, and joy because we were graced with her beautiful presence.

Ava is survived by her parents Courtney and Mark Niessen, grandparents Brenda Smith (Greg Van Tassel) Digby, NS, Susan Swanson (Gary) AB, Eric Niessen (Kerry) New Hamburg ON, Great grandparents, Diane Haynes Digby, NS, Margaret Niessen, Ancaster ON, Uncle Shane (Aunt Cheryl) Smith Kirkton ON, Uncle Andrew (Aunt Deanna) Smith St Marys ON and cousins Sophie, Aiden, Addilyn Smith and Zoe & Hunter Smith.

Ava was blessed by her chosen family also, who are the many close friends of her Mommy and Daddy.

Ava was predeceased by her Papa David Smith.

Visitation will take place at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. S. St. Marys,  on Saturday, March 11th, 2023, from 2-4 pm. A Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 2 pm with Pastor Gail Kavelman officiating.

Click here to view a video of the funeral service.

Cremation to follow.             

We would like to send our appreciation to the Opp Officer and Ambulance Drivers, first on site along with the other OPP officers, West Perth fire Department, and the countless number of Doctors and nurses at Stratford Hospital.


Donations can be made through the funeral home to:

Ronald McDonald House, London ON,

Courtney and Mark Niessen

or to a charity of one’s choice

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