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AREND (ARNOLD) SOLLEVELD
Born: Nov 20, 1935
Date of Passing: Nov 22, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
AREND (ARNOLD) SOLLEVELD
November 20, 1935 November 22, 2022
Lovingly surrounded by his family, Arnold Solleveld passed away at the age of 87, in Winnipeg Manitoba.
He leaves behind his children Glenn (Benita), Diana (Don) Dupras, Kim Overly, his grandchildren Ryan (Amongluck), Terri-Rae, Eric (Lucie), and Krista (Jesse), and his great-grandchildren Dontai, Donovan, Nicholas, and Nina.
He is predeceased by his wife of 43 years Adeline (Storoschuk), his son David, his parents John and Ella Solleveld, and his brothers Ed, Tim, Bernhard, and his sister Elizabeth.
Arnie was born in the Netherlands in 1935. Like many families during the war, the Sollevelds looked to Canada for a better life, and at 17 years of age Arnie and his family embarked on a journey to Manitoba.
As a very young man new to Canada, Arnie dabbled in several different professions most notably his stint as a taxi driver, which gave him mean driving skills and an impressive sense of direction. At 20 years of age, he began his 35-year long career at MTS. Arnie and Adeline were married in 1957 and quickly started a family. Over the course of their 43-year marriage Arnie took pride in tending to their very large garden, raising his family, planning memorable family road trips, practicing his faith and serving God through the Worldwide Church of God, and then taking on the role of a grandfather and great-grandfather. When he retired from MTS in 1990, he volunteered much of his time to Meals on Wheels, Victoria Lifeline, and CNIB. Arnie also had musical talent and sang in the church choir and performed in many church concerts. After a time into retirement, Arnie, Adeline, and their son-in-law Don, created a band named the 21 Strings and they brought joy to many by performing at care homes and numerous other functions.
In 2002 Arnie reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Dineke, from the Netherlands. They spent 14 years sharing each other's homes and travelling back and forth from Canada to Holland, with plenty of trips in between to places like Mexico, Europe, across Canada and the United States, the Canary Islands, and Alaska.
Arnie had a true zest for life and a positive outlook that charmed everyone he met. He was a very sociable person and was appreciated and respected among his family, his large circle of work colleagues and friends, and his church family. He had a kind and gentle nature, and he was always so easy to please. He had an entertaining and playful sense of humour that drew people in; he loved to joke and laugh. Arnie savoured the company of others and was in his element with an evening of good food, drink, and a lot of laughter. He had a genuine and warm concern for others and assumed responsibility for the elders in his life and assisted them however he could. He was a man of God and exemplified this with how he lived his life, and how he treated and cared for people.
We will miss his gregarious, honest, and amiable nature every day. We love you, Dad. Until we meet again
Special thanks to the 2nd floor staff at Kildonan Personal Care Home for their care and compassion.
Private family interment to take place at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 03, 2022
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Many condoleances to Arnold's family. I have gotten to know Arnold as I am the husband of Dinekes granddaughter. Arnold was always such a sweet man , gentle minded and with lots of funny jokes. Whenever he was around it always felt a warmer place. - Posted by: Ruud van Lanen (acquaintance) on: Dec 26, 2022
Our condolences for Glen and Benita. We did not know your Dad but it sounds like you, Glen, inherited a lot of his wonderful personality characteristics. - Posted by: Eric and Debbie Astrope (Neighbor and friend of Glen and Benita) on: Dec 25, 2022
I worked with Arne at MTS and he was one of those people who was a a pleasure to work with over the years. No truer words could be expressed than those written in the obituary as to who he was as as person. I will always have fond memories of him. - Posted by: Kathy Desautels (MTS Colleague) on: Dec 11, 2022
Condolences to the family. Many fond memories of Arnold. We will meet again. - Posted by: David Hofer (Friend) on: Dec 03, 2022
My sincere condolences to the family of Arnold Solleveldt. I remember the snow storm of 1964 and Annie coming to my home on Tait. He staid for a while and then went home down Scotia, wearing my snow shoes. I also played fiddle while he sang at a few nursing homes. - Posted by: Bob Kuzak (MTS friend) on: Dec 03, 2022
Glen, Diana, Kim and family we are saddened by Arnold's passing we first met Arnold and Adeline in 1975 at church they had us over for a house party at there home on Henderson Hwy he had a great sense of humor I remember him volunteering at the Vic Hospital were I worked and playing soccer with him rest in peace Arnold from Colleen and Garth Donaldson - Posted by: Garth Donaldson (Friend) on: Dec 03, 2022
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