Mengsje "Nancy" (vandergeest) Van Halteren

January 23, 1931October 21, 2021

Mengsje (Nancy) Van Halteren (nee van de Geest), died peacefully in her home at The Meadows at midnight on October 20, 2021 with loved ones at her side. She was surrounded all week by children, friends, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren as they sang hymns, read the Bible and prayed with her. She peacefully and graciously welcomed this final chapter of life, that final bridge she must cross to meet her maker and Creator.

Mengsje was revered as a Matriarch to this great and crazy Van Halteren family. She will be missed by all and remembered for her strength, her constant smile, how she laughed at everything and above all her reliance on her Lord and Saviour.

Born on January 22, 1931, her birthday was always a point of confusion as her father had not registered her until the day later, and her official birthday became January 23, 1931. Just as she came into the world on a date nobody could ever get right, she also left this world just barely still living somewhere between October 20th and October 21.

Born to a dairy farmer in Spakenburg in 1931, Mengsje grew up with a love for farming, gardening and cows. As a young girl she would sell milk to the townspeople on her bicycle, wearing her Dutch ‘costume’. She married Aart Van Halteren in Spakenburg January 20, 1954. Soon after, they immigrated together to Canada in search of better opportunities. Speaking no English, she built a life with her husband in Richmond Hill. It was not easy with very little money, no English and the effects of war always plaguing her husband. They had 9 children together and always enjoyed a large garden, animals and many vacations.

Today she is survived by her 8 remaining children and their spouses, a legacy of 32 grandchildren and 17 greatgrandchildren. In order: Joe, Will (ⴕ deceased), Jack, Tina, Art, Nick, Dave, Tim and Rita and their many offspring.

Known to all as a unique lady, her and Aart were not without their struggles and hardships, yet they remained faithful to God and believed in His promises. Mengsje LOVED to garden and often received notable recognition for her wildflower garden from the Horticultural Society. She also loved to laugh and easily went along with the many tricks and jokes her children and grandchildren always played on her. It is hard to find a photo of Oma (Mengsje) not smiling, she could walk up to anyone and say “Hallo!” in that strong Dutch accent and all would remark on what a cute sweet lady she was. But most of all she placed her full assurance in the Lord, our heavenly Father and on her numerous calls to any and every one of her children and grandchildren she often ended with “may God bless you” and she believed it with every ounce of her heart. May God bless you Oma, Mum, Mengsje as you enjoy your heavenly home.

A celebration of life service will be hosted on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Bethel Canadian Reformed Church 11251 Bayview Avenue. Visitation (open to all): 12:30-1:45 Funeral Service: 2:00-3:00 (Please contact Janelle Van Halteren directly if you wish to attend the funeral service in person due to Covid restrictions 416-272-5826) Graveside service (open to all): 3:30-4:30

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nancy's memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 23, 2021


  • Interment

    Saturday, October 23, 2021


Mengsje "Nancy" (vandergeest) Van Halteren

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Trish Rybka

December 4, 2021

I met your mom at the Horticulture meetings, I am of Dutch descent so I navigated to her. She was the same age of my mom. My mom passed away in 2005. I am an amputee and your mom wanted me to meet your father who had lost his leg to give him a bit of encouragement as I had been an amputee since I was 15. Our friendship I always valued. I saw her in the summer, had tea in her living room. Then she was so excited about the opening of the new building, we went over and sat with 3 other ladies sharing stories. She always had a welcoming heart. We both have the love of God. I’m a practising Catholic. My mother in law just passed away on Dec 2, also very fast. She was 95. And she never showed it. Dancing till the end. She also had an extreme faith in our loving Lord, we know they plus my faithful mom are praying immensely for all of us with our Lord. Rest In Peace Nancy, love you.

Chuck and Claudia Loopstra

October 23, 2021

Dear Van Halteren Family:
We were unable to attend the funeral due to being away in Florida, but joined you on Livestream. The words spoken by Tina were a true reflection of Nancy as we knew her. As a grandmother to three of our own grandchildren, she was a special person and they will miss her but will treasure the memories. We have made a donation to Bethel Canadian Reformed Church in Nancy's memory.
Chuck and Claudia Loopstra