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Hendrika (Riekie)  van Wissen

Hendrika (Riekie) van Wissen

Tuesday, February 15th, 1938 - Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
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Age 81, died of Parkinson's related complications on March 6th, 2019. Beloved wife of over 50 years of the late John van Wissen. Hendrika is survived by her children; John (Sylvie), Margi, and Grace (Steve). Oma is fondly remembered by her grandchildren; Josée, Erik, Jake, Ellyssa, Matthew and Victoria. Mom was a woman of many gifts and talents. She was a gymnast, long time gymnastics coach and judge, librarian's assistant, garden centre and nursery owner, and author. Stoic till the end, mom exemplified strength, faith and perseverance by first nursing her husband through his long illness while battling her Parkinson's for 25 years.
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Catriena Brubacher

Posted at 06:46pm
John, Marji, Grace and families - We were so very sad to hear of the passing of your Mom/Oma. It had been some time since I saw both your Mom and Dad but Riekie was always so good about looking me up when she came out to Alberta to visit her sister in Calgary. We know you will miss her but we hope you will find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish for always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Catriena (nee Michels) and Les Brubacher

Denise Frenette

Posted at 09:03am
My condolences to the whole van Wissen family. Being in the gardening business was the perfect place for Riekie because gardening brings happiness to people and that was her main goal in life. If there would be a section in Wikipedia for the most loving and caring people, her name would be there in bold. Every person she has been in contact with will remember her warmth and smile. I consider myself lucky to have been in contact with her. Riekie, no more suffering... Just back to loving and caring for your loved ones. Denise Frenette

Posted at 01:20pm
John, Margi, Grace and Families, Susan and I were sorry to hear the loss of your mother/Oma. It was always a pleasure whenever I dropped by for a visit when I had to go to Mississauga for work. She along with your Dad were always so glad to see me and welcoming every time. One time we were having coffee in the basement and your Opa Jos and Oma were over from Holland. Your mother looked at me and said "look how happy she is here...knitting etc. When "my John" came back to Holland for a visit and dated me..she told me you could go out with him here but you are not going to get married and go to Canada with him".....and your mom smiled! Pleasant memories of both. Gary and Susan

Cathy Rankin

Posted at 10:38am
John, Sylvie and family My sincere sympathy and condolences to the family. Such happy memories of meeting and greeting every spring and summer. Affectionately Cathy Rankin.

Sheridan Nurseries

Posted at 09:21am
Our sincere condolences to the van Wissen family. From friends at Sheridan Nurseries.
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