Jolanda Helena Wilhelmina Meijer

January 12, 1939October 11, 2020

Heaven gained an angel.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jolanda (Lanny) Meijer on October 11, 2020. The world became a better place on January 12, 1939 when Lanny was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The oldest girl of 7 children, her family missed her when she immigrated to Canada in 1973 but yearly visits kept them close. Lanny lived in North Vancouver until her passing.

She loved watching Jeopardy, playing scrabble, piecing together jigsaw puzzles and having weekly tea with neighbours. Friends were drawn to her for her kindness, selflessness, humour and love of life. She is terribly missed by her daughters Ilse (Richard) and Michelle (Kyle). A better mother and mother in-law does not exist.

She may be unseen but will walk beside us every day. We houden heel veel van je, mama.


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Jolanda Helena Wilhelmina Meijer

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Janet West

October 20, 2020

I have known Lanny many years, through Riet. So we have lots of memories we shared.
Many games of bridge, I always loved her "spirited" bidding, and her smile when she shocked us all & made the bid.
How kind she was when my partner Peter was dying she would sit & hold his hand .
The fun we had at parties, and I always think of her when I watch Jeopardy. I am not as dedicated a fan as she was, I knew not to phone between 7.30 & 8.00 pm.
The sad times ,the glad times & the in-between times she was a loving thoughtful friend.
Ilse & Michelle, Richard & Kyle ,I am so sad for you. It is so hard to lose a mother too soon, but I know she will always be at your shoulder probably telling you what to do.
I will miss her but never forget her, especially at 7.30 pm.

much love Lanny


Riet Carter

October 19, 2020

Lies Van der Kooi

October 19, 2020

Dear Ilse/Richard, Michelle/Kyle

Our warmfelt condolences on the sad news of the sudden passing of your dear mother(in-law), my dear, longtime friend Lanny . We wish you all the strength to bear the grief of this unexpected loss. We are with you in our thoughts and prayers.

We as a family (Van der Weij) emigrated from The Netherlands on New Year's Eve 1983. After I applied for a job at the Dutch 'The Windmill Herald' paper in New Westminster in 1984, which was founded by our mutual friend Ted Blom (from the gordijnen-zaak) I came to meet with Lanny, who was the secretary in the office. From the start we had this click and she and her family with children: Ilse and Michelle were of great support to us. We spent time together in North Vancouver quite often and soon our kids with Michelle went skiing on Grouss Mountain.

Lanny was a wonderful open, honest, helpful person, full of humour, which is known for 'Amsterdammers' in particular. She was very close to her sister Ilonka, living in Holland. After I reimmigrated to The Netherlands and Lanny was visiting her sis, we met in Holland again. Each year Arie and I are spending summertime in B.C. and always tried to include visits to Lanny and friend(s). In 2015 we had a great get-together at the Paddlewheeler pub in New Westminster, with our mutual friends Ted Blom and Lanny's friend Anja van der Zee. It felt like we had seen each other 'yesterday'. We picked up where we had left off.

Due to corona we weren't able to come over this year, 2020, and she sent me an e-mail a few weeks ago, the last one I've received from her.
Lanny will be missed by many and surely by us - Arie and Lies de Boer - van der Kooi

Ilonka Leers-Stork

October 18, 2020

Lieve Oes en Shelleke,

Wat een fijne moeder hadden jullie en wat was Lannie een fijne zus voor mij. Ik zal onze urenlange telefoongesprekken van de laatste jaren missen. We haalden samen herinneringen op aan ons fijne gezin waarin we opgroeiden tussen vijf broers. Lan was voor mij een tweede moeder toen ik klein was. Ze maakte prachtige vlechten in mijn haar en later pikte ik haar kleren in. Tijdens de afwas waren wij altijd aan het zingen.

Na haar vertrek naar Canada hebben we ellenlange brieven geschreven. En we konden gelukkig regelmatig naar elkaar toe. Zo konden we toch heel dicht bij elkaar zijn. Ik krijg weer een big smile als ik denk aan onze dagen in Las Vegas en andere leuke uitjes. Dat zijn voor mij fijne herinneringen die ik voor altijd bij me draag.

Ik wens jullie heel veel sterkte toe en we houden contact.

Big hug, tante Lonka

Riet Carter

October 18, 2020

Best Friends

Lanny and I met at Lynn Valley Mall in the spring of 1978, she heard me talking to my three year old son Tyler in Dutch so she told Michelle you can talk Dutch to that little boy; we just hit if off and became best friends ever since.

She was an incredible support to me when I went through difficult times but we also shared so many good times. We both grew up in Amsterdam and coming from similar backgrounds with large families, we had a lot in common.

We played bridge and shared many friends. We loved to go for walks on the beach and swim in the ocean. The last few years we played scrabble on line everyday and always knew from each other where we were going or what we were doing. Now I have this unfinished game on my computer with a message "waiting for Lanny to play"

Love you Lanny, we all miss you so much. Rest in Peace!

Maureen McKinnon

October 16, 2020

Lanny loved to play darts. Was one of our first conversations at Tuesday Coffee! She had a way of making a person feel welcome and comfortable around her. She will be dearly missed. Take some comfort in knowing how much love Balmoral House had for your mother.

Megan Charlton

October 16, 2020

I first met Lanny when we both moved into our building six weeks apart. We were of course new to the building so we became friends right away as we were only down the hall from each other. I was immediately drawn to her as she had such a kind heart. She had a great sense of humour and was always appreciated a good joke
I have fond memories of us meeting in the bistro to work on jigsaw puzzles, and just have a good chat. I have so many memories of her and I will miss terribly.
Kind regards to Ilse and Michelle. She loved you so much and was so proud of you. Also my condolences to all her family and friends.
I hope we meet again one day.

Kim Leers

October 16, 2020

Lieve tante,

And then, suddenly, you are gone. So unreal and such a loss. You were a beautiful person. Strong, attentive, interested, social, humorous and independent.
The rides from and to Schiphol-airport, the apple pie visits, fun diners and cozy talks when you were here in The Netherlands . I am going to miss them.
Thanks for the love and support you gave ❤️

Big hug and kisses from je nichie

Remi Stork

October 16, 2020

Een herinnering aan Lanny...waar te beginnen? Om te starten begin ik op de Middenweg waar tante Lanny aan de overkant woonde met Ilse. Effe de straat over en je was er. Dat deed ik dan ook de hele dag meerdere keren. Toen het bericht kwam in 1973 dat ze gingen emigreren was dat een grote schok. Mijn tweede moeder ging naar Canada. Mijn hele lagere school periode trokken onze gezinnen samen op. Vakanties in Bergen aan Zee kan ik mij nog heel goed herinneren, De trapauto's, milkshakes en de lol...
Op school vertellen dat je in de vakantie naar Canada ging was een droom. Niemand ging in díe tijd zover weg. Wij wel en eenmaal in Vancouver was het reizen nog niet afgelopen. Naar Green Lake en Osoyoos waren de volgende haltes. Waterskiën en daarna in de avond flipperen in de speelhal van Osoyoos.
Af en toe belde ik 9806691 om te vragen hoe het met die ouwe tante ging. Zij, die mij toen het iets minder ging in 2012 iedere week een postcard stuurde vanuit Canada met een lieve boodschap.
Allemaal mooie herinneringen aan deze lieve tante, waarvan ik dacht dat ze 100 zou worden. Helaas..........
Ilse en Michelle wees trots op haar en hou jullie haaks. Take care ❤

Fran Brattli

October 16, 2020

I first met Lanny, Andre, Ilse and Michelle in the summer of 1975 when my husband Nils, our son Kris and I were invited to their house for dinner.

We had only been in Canada a short time and didn’t know many people with small children. Nils met Andre through work and they agreed that 2 year old Kris and 1 year old Michelle could be good playmates. Our two families became fast friends and we enjoyed many happy times together both in North Vancouver and at the Meijer’s place in Osoyoos.

When her Father, her in-laws and my Norwegian in-laws came to visit and none of them spoke a word of English, it made for very entertaining parties!Translating jokes with the 3 languages had its challenges and led to many misunderstandings and hilarious moments.

Lanny was one of a kind, a terrific person with a big heart and a great sense of humour. I’ll never forget her kindness to us when we first settled here.

Kris and I send our love and sincere condolences to Ilse and Michelle. Your Mother was so very proud of you both and loved you so much. She touched the lives of many, always willing to lend a hand and will be sorely missed.

Rest In Peace Lanny until we meet again 🙏

Fran & Kris Brattli

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