Helen Edith (Olesen) van Veen – On Sunday, September 27, 2020, Helen went to be with her Lord and Savior. With great sadness we announce her passing at her home in Brussels, with her family at her side, in her 86th year.
Loving wife of Gerrit van Veen. Dear mother of Mark & Dianne van Veen of Elmwood, Paul & Sharon van Veen of Wroxeter, David & Gael van Veen of Guelph, Dan & Dianne van Veen of Brussels, Stephen & Kendra van Veen of Brussels, John & Mary Beth van Veen of Kenilworth, Darryl & Rachel Stoltz of Bonshaw, PEI, and Tim & Sarah van Veen of Ottawa.
Grandmother of Sarah van Veen, Nathan van Veen; Ivory van Veen, Justine van Veen, Vienna van Veen; Boaz van Veen; Ryan (Sarah) van Veen, Leanne (Menno) Wichers, Matthew (Emma) van Veen, Philip (Abbi) van Veen, Laura van Veen; Christopher van Veen, Alicia van Veen; Max van Veen, Kailyn van Veen, Brielle van Veen; Lazarus (Samatha) Stoltz, Hannah Joy Stoltz, Keziah Stoltz, Twila-Dawn Stoltz, Jedidiah Stoltz, Zadok Stoltz; Naomi van Veen and Felix van Veen. Great-grandmother of Phoebe, Barrett, and Kinsley.
Sister of Ron Olesen, and sister-in-law of Piet (Magaret) van Veen, Alie (Gar) Lee, Clara van Merkestein, Martha (Cees) de Boer, and Agnes Ten Pas
Predeceased by her parents Jens ‘Bill’ and Clara (Hammond) Olesen, her sister-in-law Kay Olesen, and brother-in-law Henk Ten Pas.
Helen was born in the small hamlet of Glen Christie, Puslinch Township, on September 17, 1935, and completed teachers’ college in Hamilton. She married Gerrit on August 2, 1958 and moved to their dairy farm in the Brussels area. She began teaching in a one room school in Elma Township, and shortly after started a family. Helen raised 7 sons and 1 daughter, and was a devoted grandmother to 24 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Helen used her many talents, skills, and attributes to enrich her marriage, her family, and her church family.
Helen was a devoted mother and caregiver. She valued education a great deal and happily spent many hours helping her children and grandchildren with their reading and homework. She even volunteered her time to help local children improve their reading skills. Helen enjoyed travelling. She and Gerrit travelled across North America in their motor home.
Helen had a green thumb and took great pride in her flower garden and watching the birds who frequently visited. Helen had a gift with numbers and could remember all the dates of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends’ birthdays. Helen was a very spiritual person and lived her life always with her Christian values at the forefront.
A private family funeral service will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel, on Thursday, October 1st at 11:00 a.m. Click here to view service.
Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.
Memorial donations to Child Evangelism Fellowship would be appreciated.
On-line condolences at www.eatonfuneralhome.ca
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Helen van Veen Sunday September 27th 2020..
Death notice for the town of: Listowel, Province: Ontario