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Born: May 03, 1933

Date of Passing: Mar 05, 2018

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MARIA (MIEP, MARY) VAN AMELSVOORT It is with great sadness the family of Maria (Miep, Mary) Van Amelsvoort announce her passing on Monday, March 5, 2018 during a brief stay in Concordia Hospital. Maria was born on May 3, 1933 in Nijmegen, Netherlands to Mattheus Van Gerwen and Johanna Van Gerwen (nee Hendriks). She was predeceased by her parents Mattheus and Johanna Van Gerwen, eldest brother Gerard Van Gerwen, and son-in-law Jim Grant. Maria is survived by, and will be profoundly missed by, her loving husband of 60 years Ben Van Amelsvoort. She is also survived by daughter Anne Marie Grant, and son Leon Van Amelsvoort (Julie). She was Oma to: Justin, Aubrey, Ric (Jariet), Daniel, Maria (Kevin), Monique, Kyle (Michelle) and their daughters Charlotte and Katherine, Kevin (Julia), and Kris (Randi) and their daughter Kensi. Maria is also survived by her sister Joann Nuxoll (Joe), her brothers Andy Van Gerwen (Margaret), Mike Van Gerwen (Noella), John Van Gerwen (Beverly), and was Tante Miep to many nieces and nephews. Mom was an incredibly strong and independent woman who faced many challenges in her life. From growing up during the Second World War in Holland to adventuring out to start a new life in Canada, with her new groom in 1958, Mom faced every challenge with the stoicism and determination to make a better life for the family she loved so dearly. Upon arriving in Winnipeg, MB in May of 1958 Mom worked at the Nutty Club, was a sewing machine operator for TanJay, and then worked for many years with Superior Food Importers - right alongside her husband Ben. All of our lives will be affected deeply by the loss our loving mother, Oma, Tante Miep however none of us as much as her truly loyal, loving and whole heartedly dedicated husband Ben. At Maria's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. A private family celebration of her life will take place in the spring. As per Mom's wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Arrangements in care of Klassen Funeral Home.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 10, 2018

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I remember my Auntie Miep cooking me eggs while the news was on and letting me pick out my favourite keepsake she had in her collection of cute trinkets. She was a very strong woman with a wonderful smile and always took the time to visit and tour me around Winnipeg when I visited. Special memories I will have forever. You will be missed by so many, Stefanie Nuxoll. - Posted by: Stefanie (Nuxoll ) on: Mar 11, 2018

  • Yes Miep was my oldest sister. When I was growing up in Holland, I always looked so forward to her coming home from work in the big city. She had the pleasure of having to sleep with her little sister. She would come home later in the evening and cuddle close to me as her heating pad. Then Miep and Ben got married, I will always remember their wedding, It was beautiful. Miep was like a princess. Then off they went to Canada, and we soon followed. Miep and Ben were there always to help us find our way in a new country. It was not easy but we all made it through thick and thin. Miep was there to help with our Mom's last years. Not an easy responsibility. Miep always had the right answers when one was in doubt. We will miss her in all our later years. I no longer can call her for our old recipes. Goodbye dear sister, and may you see all family that have gone before us in heaven. - Posted by: Joann Nuxoll (Sister) on: Mar 10, 2018

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