Peacefully on September 22nd after a short hospital stay, the Lord called Willemiene Veldman at the age of 85, to her heavenly home. She is now at eternal rest.
Beloved wife of Henry Veldman, loving mother of Margaret, Kevin (Audrey), Jeff, daughter-in-law Wendy (Colin) MacKenzie. Loving grandmother of Keith (Olga), Cole, Scott, Brett (Casey), Taylor, Matthew, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Willemiene was born in Amersfoort, The Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1954. She was second oldest of 11 siblings (predeceased by 1 brother) who all currently live in Canada. She worked hard in the sugar beet fields and the family farm in order to help support the family. After moving and working in Burlington, ON for a short time, she returned to Carman and married Henry in 1960. Farming was a major part of her life as she supported Henry in the grain elevators in Homewood, Swan Lake, Elm Creek, and Winnipeg. In addition, she drove truck for the Veldman Bros. crop spraying business. She was called “mom” by many and they all knew where they could help themselves to home-made cookies or butter tarts. She could be quite blunt when the situation called for it but her gruffness was outweighed by her often thoughtful comments and her interest in others. While she was healthy, she appreciated having people stop by and was always ready to share a coffee and a story, ask about you and provide a listening ear. For years she enjoyed watching her kids play hockey or figure skate, and loved curling with friends when she lived in Elm Creek. She enjoyed traveling and spent a lot of summers at the lake when her children were young. After retirement, both her and Henry spent their winters in Texas and made many more friends and memories.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 28th, 7:30 – 8:30 pm (family visitation 7:00-7:30 pm) at Doyle’s Funeral Home in Carman.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 29th in the Canadian Reformed Church of Carman East (112 - 4th Ave. SE) with Rev. VanDam officiating. Private immediate family interment will take place before the service. To follow the service via livestream please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxMk9xuECc25o1U4vYXPmGg .
Donations may be made in her memory to the Boyne Lodge, Box 910, Carman, MB R0G 0J0.
Many thanks to the nurses and doctors who showed such care and compassion at both the Boundary Trails and Carman Hospital.