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Janneke Van Ankum

Janneke Van Ankum

Saturday, January 22nd, 1944 - Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
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Obituary

Janneke Van Ankum ~ At Sunnyside Home, Kitchener on Wednesday, October 16, 2019,
Mrs. Janneke (Hekman) Van Ankum, formerly of Listowel, in her 76th year.

Beloved wife of the late Hilbert Van Ankum.

Much loved mother of Tasha Van Ankum & Rob Hiemstra of Kitchener, Matthew Van Ankum & Danielle Van Sant of Gorrie, and Jonathan Van Ankum of Wroxeter.

Cherished Oma of Jenna, Caleb, Ella, London, and Riggins.

Sister of Klaas & Aly Hekman, Henk & Rita Hekman, and Willem Hekman, all of the Netherlands. Sister-in-law of John & Sonja Van Ankum of Rimbey, Alberta, George & Alice Van Ankum and Arnold & Jayne Van Ankum, all of Drayton, Jake & Marlene Van Ankum of Fergus, and Mildred Jean Van Ankum of Arthur.

Predeceased by her sister Geeske Brinkman and her husband Hein, sisters-in-law Jean Van Ankum and Alie Hekman and brother-in-law Allan Van Ankum.

Janneke was born in Den Hulst, The Netherlands, and completed her nursing training in Arnhem in January of 1967. After a long-distance engagement, Janneke immigrated to Canada in the spring of that year and married Hilbert Van Ankum in February 1968. They spent most of their married life on the farm near Wroxeter. During that time they raised a family and for close to thirty years Janneke worked as a registered nurse at Listowel Memorial Hospital. While not working, she enjoyed knitting, lovingly tended her flower beds and fed the birds. Janneke was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Listowel, and loved serving as a leader for Friendship Club.

Janneke lived with Alzheimer's for many years and during that time she was shown love and support by various people and organizations. We extend our thanks to the Alzheimer Society of Perth County and the VON Day Program, to the congregations of Bethel CRC in Listowel and Community CRC in Kitchener, to our dear friend Shelley Clarke, and to the wonderful and compassionate staff of Sunnyside Home, both on Buttonworks and Castle Kilbride.

As a family, we are most grateful that mom is rejoicing with her Saviour in heaven.

Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Committal and interment will be held at Molesworth Cemetery on Saturday, October 19th at 9:45 a.m., followed by the funeral service at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Listowel, at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Ralph Wigboldus officiating.

Memorial donations to Sunnyside Foundation, or to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

On-line condolences at www.eatonfuneralhome.ca
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 18th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Eaton Funeral Home
    Address
    385 Main St. W.
    LISTOWEL, ON N4W1A4
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 18th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Eaton Funeral Home
    Address
    385 Main St. W.
    LISTOWEL, ON N4W1A4
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Bethel Christian Reformed Church
    Address
    345 Elizabeth St. E.
    LISTOWEL, ON N4W2P7
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    Officiant
    Pastor Ralph Wigboldus
  • Interment

    Location
    Molesworth Cemetery
    Address
    43632 Amberley Road
    Huron East, ON
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    Notes
    Committal and interment will be held at Molesworth Cemetery on Saturday, October 19th at 9:45 a.m., followed by the funeral service at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Listowel, at 11:00 a.m.
  • Reception

    Location
    Bethel Christian Reformed Church Fellowship Hall
    Address
    345 Elizabeth St. E.
    LISTOWEL, ON
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Esther Cressman

Posted at 03:59pm
I am sorry for the loss of your mother. I worked with Janneke at LMH. She was a wonderful nurse - knew her stuff, and was very caring and compassionate to her patients as well. I always appreciated working with her. May God be your strength during this time of final release and may you be blessed with many many good memories of a life well lived.
Esther Cressman
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James and Joan McKinlay

Posted at 08:36am
We always valued Hilbert and Jenneke's leadership, their mentorship and their friendship. They were a wonderful team.
James and Joan McKinlay
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Shirley and Ross

Posted at 06:52am
Our condolences. Shirley and Ross Hyatt ('65 OAC)
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Darlene Fear

Posted at 11:41am
My sympathies to the Van Ankum families. I enjoyed working with Janneke on the 1st floor of Listowel Memorial Hospital. She was a kind and caring nurse and co-worker. Darlene Fear
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Donna Adams

Posted at 10:44am
I will remember Janneke as a wonderful nurse and great co-worker. When visiting her home, her love of her flowers and birds was obvious. She kindly shared her flower seeds with me that she had collected. I will always remember her deep love of Hilbert, her family and her country home.
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