It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother, Aleida, at her home in the Lake Country Lodge & Manor in Lake Country, BC.
Aleida was pre-deceased by her husband, Marinus, and leaves to mourn her loss her five children – Louis (Jocelyn), Alice (Neil), Marianne (Jim), Yvonne (John) and Ingrid (Gord); her grandchildren – Jonn (Lianne), Virginia (Scott), Olivia (Jody), Bo (Corinna), Tiffany (Mike), Sarah (Jorden), Scott (Rochelle), Travis (Lori), Ryan (Brandi), Alan, Cheyenne (Derek), Chad, Isabella, Samantha, T.J and Lee; and her great-grandchildren – Hunter, Thomas, Harrison, Terrence, Keaton and Brinley. Pre-deceased by her three sisters, Maria, Johanna and Betsy, she also leaves to mourn her loss her brother, Louis (Lieselotte), from Germany as well as her many nieces and nephews in Canada and the Netherlands.
As with most women of mom’s generation, she led both an interesting and challenging life. Mom was born in the Netherlands and came to Canada with her husband and young son in 1955. Living through World War II and the occupation of the Netherlands as a teenager, immigrating to a new country and raising five children during some of the most difficult times shaped her into the strong woman that she was. Mom was extremely resilient in the face of adversity, which served her well during several serious health issues and provided her with the strength to cope when Dad’s health failed.
Mom had a surprisingly independent streak for a woman of her generation and a keen sense of finance and business. Before being faced with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Mom enjoyed many hobbies, including music, sewing, fashion, reading, knitting, and gardening. After retirement in 1987, and before Dad’s health began to fail, Mom and Dad were able to enjoy some travelling – back east to visit with family, a return to the Netherlands to visit with relatives, and numerous camping trips around BC.
Mom made it through many milestones in her life including the latest in April 2016, her 90th birthday. Although we will truly miss her, we are comforted in the belief that she is finally at peace.
There will be no service by request and a celebration of life for close friends and family will be held at a later date. Should anyone so desire, donations, in memory of Aleida, may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC (www.alzheimer.ca/bc).
“There are some who bring a light so great into the world that even after they have gone the light remains.”