It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Gerritje “Gerry” Vandenberg, beloved wife of the late Hendrikus “Henry” Vandenberg, on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the age of 78 years.
Gerry was born in Uddel, the Netherlands on May 20, 1941. She immigrated to Canada in 1954.
Gerritje Vandenberg is survived by her children Brenda (Peter) Van Schothorst, Henk (Geraldine) Vandenberg, Geraldine (Leendert) Van Esch, Evelyn (Jan) Klok, Rex (Marilyn) Vandenberg, Elbert Vandenberg, Tony (Christine) Vandenberg, Gerald (Amanda) Vandenberg, and Petula Vandenberg; 45 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by 5 sisters, Johanna Aleman, Dorothy Houck, Elberta (Kees) Guliker, Judy (Henk) Baars, and Geraldine (Marvin) Burton; 4 brothers Elbert Beekman, Dirk (Greta) Beekman, Gerald (Rita) Beekman, Gerrit (Evelyn) Beekman; brothers in law (Frank and Willy Van Ee); 3 sisters in law Hendrikje Van Hierden, Teunie (Bill) Slingerland, and Janet (John) Klok and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Hendrikus “Henry” Vandenberg; daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Peter Klok; parents Gerrit and Petertje Beekman and parents-in-law Hendrik and Beertje Vandenberg; sister Pat Van Ee; brothers-in-law Everett Van Hierden, Bert Van Eck, Don Wesley, Cornelis Aleman, Merle Houck and sister in law Eefje Van Eck.
As a family we would like to thank the staff of Bethesda Care Home and all who have taken care of our dear Mom in the past, and those of you who have shown us support during this difficult time.
Condolences for family and close friends will be held from 7:30pm to 8:30pm on Friday, June 14, 2019 at NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF PICTURE BUTTE, 601 3A STREET SOUTH, Picture Butte, Alberta.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF PICTURE BUTTE, 601 3A STREET SOUTH, Picture Butte, Alberta, with Reverend H.D. den Hollander, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Memorial Cemetery, Picture Butte, Alberta.
Flowers are gratefully declined.