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Coutts Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

96 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, ON

OBITUARY

Kathleen Grace Loretta Van Leeuwen

July 20, 1937March 19, 2020

Kathleen Van Leeuwen passed away suddenly at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on March 19, 2020 at the age of 82. Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, daughter of the late George and Loretta (Purcell) Patterson. Beloved wife of Cornelis (Art) Van Leeuwen (2013).

Kathleen will be dearly missed by her children; Susan (Terry) Kruck and Al (Sharleen) Van Leeuwen. Loving grandmother to 6 grandboys; Aaron, Tanner, Cameron, Seth, Malachi and Caleb. Sister to Pat McLeod, George Patterson and Bert Patterson. Predeceased by her sisters Hazel, Margaret, Alice and her brothers Bob and Doug. She will be forever remembered by many extended family and friends. A woman of faith and strong convictions Kathleen was a beautiful person, a kind soul and she always provided comic relief even in the most difficult of circumstances. Kathleen was a real people person, engaging everyone around her with her wit and infectious smile. She loved making time with her grandboys memorable. A strong Christian, she is part of the extended Cedar Creek Chruch family. Devoted to her faith, Kathleen went home to the Lord Jesus Christ and is now reunited with her husband. Private services have been entrusted to Coutts Funeral Home (96 St. Andrews St. Cambridge) burial has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Friends and relatives are invited to sign Kathleen’s online book of condolences at: www.couttsfuneralhome.com

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Tanner Kruck

March 24, 2020

My grandma was generous, loving and funny. When we were really young, on our birthdays, she would always bring a little gift for the kids who weren't celebrating their birthday. One time, when I had surgery, I came home from the hospital and she had a Pikachu pinata waiting for me.
Love you, grandma, I will always remember you

Carla van Tuijl Verschuren

March 24, 2020

Dear aunt Kathy. Remembering you I remember your warm radiance and your generous smile. In the three weeks that I came to stay with you as a young girl, you gave me a warm welcome. You made lots of jokes and gave me all the space I needed as a teenager. In the years that followed you visited the Netherlands several times and I found it is always nice to meet you again. I’m very sad that you died before I took the opportunity to meet you again. I’m going to miss you as my sweet funny aunt in Canada. Fortunately I will see you again in Susan and Alan. Last summer I received a photo from you and I will remember you. Rest in peace. With love, Carla Verschuren

Aaron Kruck

March 22, 2020

My grandma was a wonderful lady. She was always smiling, and was always cracking jokes. Every time I visited her she asked me how I was doing, and what was going on in my life. She cared so much!

One of my favourite childhood memories of her was when I “helped” her make lemon meringue pie. She would always give me some sort of simple job to do, like stirring the mix, or preparing the crust. I always loved helping her (even though looking back I was probably not as much of a help as I thought). She always cared for her grandchildren, and always tried to make us feel special.

A more recent memory comes along with a silly picture. Back when I was in college, every once in a while I’d go to her home and bring McDonald’s there for lunch. She always ordered a happy meal, and always kept the toy that came with it. The one time, it was around when one of the Despicable Me movies was coming out, and the happy meal boxes came with cut out Minion Eyes. We thought it was funny, especially when we put them over our own eyes. She wanted me to take a picture of her, so I did. Her sense of humour was contagious, and she brightened the day of everyone she met.

Thank you grandma! I will always love you!

Judy Allred

March 22, 2020

Sue and family I am saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. Cherish the fond memories that you shared with her during this difficult time. Sending our condolences.
Judy Allred

Lynn Boland Richardson

March 22, 2020

Dear Sue and family
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Love
Lynn and family

Gaynor Evanoff

March 21, 2020

Will always remember Kathy as a happy sensible friend. Kathy had a sense of humour about life. Many years back we planned a trip to Nova Scotia and I asked her what she would recommend we see or do. She laughed and said “go to garage sales”. She said that way you meet regular people and see what their life is about.

Kathy was a faithful member of a Precept Bible Study group for many, many years till she had the stroke. She still managed to be with us at a lunch get together. She always had homework done and loved conversations on the topic. We missed her when she was not able to attend.

Her family brought her in wheelchair to visit me at the Fudge booth at University of Guelph. She liked pumpkin pie fudge among others.

I will think of her fondly till we meet again. With love and respect.

Cameron Kruck

March 21, 2020

My grandma was always kind and sweet. I enjoyed spending time with her especially when we took walks around St. Lukes Place and went to the bridge to see the flowers. Grandma could name almost every flower that she saw. One day, she randomly started calling me Scotty, we have no clue why or where she got the name from but it stuck. Whenever I made a funny face at her, she always did it back.
Love you grandma

Paula Duff

March 20, 2020

Kathleen was a beautiful lady inside and out. As one of her care givers at St. Luke's i must say i already miss her dearly. We had great laughs and she always cheered me up when i was down. She always called me her great friend and i loved her dearly. After dinner we always danced to the sound of music. That was our special moment.. one i will never forget. Love you kathleen. You will always be in my heart.. see you one day..

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY