It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph Gerardus Hermanus (Joe) surrounded by his family on August 3, 2006 at the Vernon Hospice House. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 49 years Wilhelmina, sister Miep Stein, daughters Cathie (Chris) Ounsted, Mary-Anne (Gabe) Jardim and son Gerald, grandchildren Nico, Medalana, Jake and Matthew and many nieces and nephews in Canada and the Netherlands. Joe was born October 4, 1934 in Amsterdam, Holland. Joe and Wilma emigrated to Calgary, Alberta in 1957 and have resided in Vernon for the past 25 years. Joe’s love for his family and friends were his utmost priority. Joe led his life by example even to the very end, always demonstrating great courage, honor, and dignity. His wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. “Dad, we are who we are because you loved us”.
The family would like to sincerely thank all the wonderful staff and volunteers at Vernon Hospice, Dr. Abri deBeer, Dawn and Kim from Community Care. Jake and Mary Spoor for making sure Dad always had beautiful flowers and all of our friends and family for their love and support through Dad’s journey.
Prayers will be recited at Our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic Church, 10102 Middleton Drive, Coldstream, on Sunday, August 6, at 6:00 P.M. Funeral Mass will be celebrated there on Monday, August 7, at 10:30 A.M., with the Reverend Father Martin Peyton, celebrant. Interment will follow in the adjacent St. Nicholas’ Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home. 542-0155. Friends wishing to do so may make donations in memory of Joe to Hospice House, 3506 – 27th Ave., V1T 1S4