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Barthel Funeral Home

566 Queenston Road, Cambridge, ON

OBITUARY

"Mia" Maria Antonia DeLange

April 29, 1927November 6, 2019
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DeLANGE, Maria Antonia “Mia” – Passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at home at Hilltop Manor at the age of 92 years.

Mia was born April 29, 1927 in the Netherlands, and came to Canada in 1953, settling in London, Ontario. Mia is reunited with her beloved husband and best friend, Gerry (Gerardus), with whom she shared over 63 wonderful years, who predeceased her in 2016. She will be dearly missed by her children, Trudy Scott(Ian), Gerry DeLange (Judi), Berny DeLange (Loreena), Betty Praught (Bill), Fred DeLange (Nancy), Mia Robson and Mark DeLange (Sheila). Mia’s greatest love in life was children, and she adored her 18 grandchildren and her 9 great-grandchildren. Mia is also survived by her dear sister, Truus Swinkels in the Netherlands, and will be fondly remembered by her extended family in Canada and the Netherlands, as well as her Hilltop Manor family. To know Mia was to love her. Never without a smile, she was the life of the party and a sought-after guest. She loved life, LOVED children and was always happy. Friends will be received at the Barthel Funeral Home (566 Queenston Rd., Cambridge) on Sunday afternoon from 1-4pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday afternoon at 1pm at St. Clements Church, 745 Duke St., Cambridge. Cremation to follow. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, and can be arranged by contacting the funeral home (519)653-3251.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, November 11, 2019

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Elizabeth deLange

November 11, 2019

Auntie Mia represents love, motherhood and the importance of family.

Wonderful memories of a house full of kids........ doing!

Sitting around a table with bread dough, watching her throw it up in the air. Made better bread. Thrilling!

Her famous croquettes and raisin buns. Best coffee - evaporated milk made it perfect!

Her home and heart always inviting.

I feel very blessed to have grown up with Auntie Mia, Uncle Gats and the kids in my life.

Picturing the "Gang" having drinks together.

Happy Thoughts!

Scott & Gloria Jackson

November 11, 2019

To the DeLange Family,

Sending our thoughts and prayers. We have fond, fun memories of time spent with your family. Mia was an extraordinary woman. We are with you in spirit.

Love Scott & Gloria Jackson
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Susan Grigg

November 10, 2019

My condolences to Mark, Sheila, Brian, Laura, Kara and Shannon, and all of the DeLange family. I have many fond memories of Mia (she was always Oma to me), always smiling and positive and full of zest for life. I remember many family parties at Oma and Opa's country home years ago, when I lived in London and joined as one of Mark and Sheila's extended family. Oma and Opa were always welcoming and kind, and it was heartwarming to see their deep love of their family. Oma will be truly missed and remembered with love.

Jo Odenhoven Portengen

November 10, 2019

I remember our round trip with the four of us: Gerard Mia Harry and me. It was 1991 when we cruised with a big SUV through Canada and the US. This was truly THE journey of our life. I remember Mia always to be full of energy and never stopping to care of others.

Tante Jo from Amsterdam

Tom and Mimi Thorne

November 9, 2019

I was a teenager when Mia came to Canada to marry Gerry Delange. She was a vibrant and fun loving and although she had yet to learn English her personality shone through. She adopted my parents immediately and my parents Ivor and Jean Thorne adopted her despite the language barrier. As time went on and her children began to arrive I can only say that the family she founded demonstrates all too well the power of immigration is for Canada by producing so many tax paying and solid citizens. When my family came to visit London we often stayed with Gats and Mia. We were always welcome and always well fed. Mia was always up and always positive. I don't recall a down moment from this wonderful positive woman who contributed so much to her adopted country. Truly one of the most memorable immigrants to this country has passed but she has left her indelible mark through her family.

Terri Geiger

November 9, 2019

I will always remember Oma's smile. She will be missed.

Pam Bieman

November 9, 2019

To the whole Delange Family, thank you for sharing this oh so special and amazing woman with all your friends over the years.

(the memories of your both your mom and dad at the many get together's and parties, her unique dutch laced stories to tell and always with that little hint of a smile)

Mark, Sheila and family....hugs

Chris Lloyd

November 9, 2019

Aunt Mia was a wonderful sister-in-law to my mother , Avril. When they lived close in north London they would visit almost daily. While I would be visiting at my mom's, Mia would come in like a whirlwind and tell me all the news of her family. A few years later on Daleview, she couldn't wait to show me pictures of her grandkids and the smocked dresses she had made. She and Uncle Gats always made me feel welcome in their home and I will forever miss them both. My condolences to all my cousins.

Truus Swinkels

November 9, 2019

Dear Mia

I remember that you walked me to kindergarten every day
when we were young.
that time you were also playing mom with all your dolls like in your later life it was always: ooohhh my baby's
When you left to Canada we thougt we would never see you again, the whole family could not stop crying.
Gladly i have been visting you with several times in Canada
on one ocassions one of your children saw you and me and she said: hé one in the car and one in the house, she thought you were twins
i remember you as an loving sister and i will miss you
love Truus Swinkels Odenhoven Venray

Trudy Brakels

November 8, 2019

This picture is taken at the 40ste aniversery from my parents .

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