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Rose Garden Chapel

5326-48 Street, Barrhead, AB

OBITUARY

Wilhelmina Martina van Lieshout

April 27, 1927June 12, 2019

Wilhelmina (Mien) Martina van Lieshout passed away peacefully on June 12, 2019, at the age of 92. She was born April 27, 1927, in Heeswijk, N. Brabant, Netherlands, the 6th of 13 children. She grew up on a farm and, as was customary at that time, left formal school early to work for a neighbouring farmer. Her determined, if not stubborn, character needed more and so she joined two older sisters in the pursuit of a nursing degree. After nursing for a number of years in the Netherlands, she moved to Canada in 1955, where she eventually married Hans. Mien continued to work as a nurse in Alberta and British Columbia. Years later, she and Hans settled in the Tiger Lily community to farm, close to her beloved sister, Dina, and brother-in-law, Mark. Holidays, celebrations, and social gatherings were spent together, and Mien was a constant fixture in the lives of Dina, Mark and their brood of 10 children. During their time in Tiger Lily, she and Hans fostered two children. She later divorced and moved to Duncan, British Columbia, where she enjoyed volunteering, writing and painting. Mien returned to Barrhead to live with Dina for nine years, before moving to Assisted Living and then Long Term Care. She remained stubborn in her later years, but was also witty and candid. She sought a simple, uncomplicated life, filled with quiet pleasures and, of course, chocolate. Mien is survived by her sisters, Dina, Betsie and Riki (Seneka); brothers, Jo and Willy (Betsie); and sisters-in-law, Truus and Rieky. She is predeceased by sisters, Toos, Marie, Ann, Cuun and Jet; brothers, Cor and Rien; brothers-in-law, Wim, Mark, Wim, Herman, Wim, Jan and Piet; and sister-in-law, Leny. She is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews and their families. Heartfelt thanks to the doctors and staff of the Keir Care Centre for all their care and attention. Funeral Mass will take place at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Barrhead, Alberta, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 1:00 o’clock p.m.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Wilhelmina Martina van Lieshout

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