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1935 Clara 2023

Clara van Merkestein

February 19, 1935 — February 7, 2023


Passed away peacefully at Huron Hospice on February 7th, 2023 in her 88th year.

Loving friend to the late Eddie Stanford.

Sister to Gerrit van Veen, Piet (Margaret) van Veen, Alie Lee (Garfield) and Martha (Cees) de Boer.

Loved and sadly missed by her 25 nieces and nephews and their spouses.

Predeceased by her parents Marinus van Veen and Aagje Oudshoorn, sister Agnes and husband Henk Ten Pas, sister-in-law Helen van Veen, brother-in-law Case Rietkerk, and nephew Brian Riekerk.

At Clara’s request cremation has taken place.

A come and go celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 18th from 1:30-4 pm at Riverside Funeral Home Brussels Chapel. Memories will be shared at 2 pm.

Clara was a very creative and crafty person. She decorated for every season and took great joy in setting up her decorations and enjoying them throughout the year. She loved to embroider and made many a beautiful embroidery to hang on her wall. Clara loved her family, and enjoyed spending time with her sisters. Her favourite time was spent celebrating birthdays and the family’s 50th year in Canada, which made lasting memories for Clara. She was an independent woman with a quick wit and realistic attitude. She loved her Lord and found great solace in Him as she prepared for her final journey.

In lieu of flowers and as expressions of sympathy donations to the Huron Women’s Shelter would be appreciated. Cheques may be sent to Box 340 Brussels N0G 1H0.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration Of Life for Mrs. Klazina Van Merkestein

Saturday, February 18, 2023

1:30 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Riverside Funeral Home, Inc.

401 Albert Street, ON N0G 1H0

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