Cornelia van Mierlo (Corrie)
Nov. 18, 1938 to Sept. 8, 2020
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beautiful Mom, Oma and friend to many. Corrie was predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Wilhelmus (Bill). It lightens our hearts to know that Mom and Dad / Oma and Opa are together again. Corrie was also predeceased by brothers Jos and Jan, and sister Riet.
Left to remember Corrie, and all the good times that were had, are her son Adriaan (Judi), daughter Monica (Alan), grandchildren Devon (Noraida) and Graham (Meaghan) and great-grandchild Nathaniel. Also left to remember her are her brother-in law Theodorus (Dirk) van der Kroon and many nephews, nieces, and friends.
Corrie was born in the Netherlands. After the war she met Bill and they made the leap to start a new life in Canada in 1958. They lived in Winnipeg in their first years and family togetherness was a priority. Many weekends the family went to parks or the beach and went camping, fishing and boating. They eventually moved to St. Eustache, known as the “the farm” and weekends were still spent together outside in the gardens, tending to the animals and pulling the kids and eventually grandkids around on the tractor and snowmobiles. They got to know many of the neighbours and good times were had at neighbourhood gatherings, pot-lucks and card games.
Corrie had a kind loving spirit but was also a hard-working Lady. She had many jobs other than being a fantastic wife, Mom and Oma. She spent her early years in a sewing factory, was a foster parent, provided childcare for neighbors in St. Eustache and worked as a teacher’s aid at the local Hutterite colony. Her most rewarding job was caring for Bill for 20 years after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She was so full of love for those she cared about, and would always have your back.
After her husband passed away, Corrie continued living life to the fullest. She joined a bowling league and got involved in activities at the Knights Center in Selkirk. She would love to meet up with friends and family for lunch, and especially enjoyed meeting up with her grandkids for breakfast. She had a special friendship with her brother-in-law Dirk and they cared for each other as they aged gracefully. They enjoyed their weekly Cribbage games with friends Peggy and Charlie. Corrie was sharp as a tack as they played, always Men against the Women, with so much laughter and “zingers” flying back and forth.
The family would like to thank everyone at the Selkirk Palliative Care program and Homecare. Corrie’s wish to live at home till the end was made possible by their care and support.
Cremation has taken place and a small family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer society or Cancer Care.
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