Born January 6, 1930 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, went to be with the Lord October 13, 2015 at the age of 85. Survived by three daughters: Yolanda (Rod) of Vernon, Yvonne of Winfield, Karen (Mark) of Lund, BC; five sons: Jan (Anke) of Salmon Arm, Henry (Kristy) of Enderby, Johan (Eileen) of Kelowna, Peter of Kelowna, Chris (Jill) of Sundre, AB; 19 grandchildren; several step grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Johannes and grandson James. In her early years, before her marriage, mom loved her job as a kindergarten teacher. Mom and Dad immigrated with their three young sons to Canada in 1958. In Canada, the family continued to grow with the addition of three daughters and two sons. Mom was passionate in her faith in Christ and took great joy in sharing it with others. After the sudden death of her husband she went back to school to attend Bible College. She further busied herself by volunteering at Crisis Line and Bible for Mission’s thrift store. She fulfilled her life-long dream of travelling to Israel to experience biblical history. Mom’s greatest pleasure was spending time with her big family, nineteen grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren and several step grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 17th at 3:30 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, with Pastor David Kalamen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation,
2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.