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Our sadness is mixed with the joy of a wonderful, sometimes hard, but always very rich life well lived.

Our dear wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Josephine vandenBrand, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011 with her husband and all of her nine children by her side.

Mom was born July 13, 1927 in the Netherlands.

On May 20, 1952, she married our dad, John vandenBrand. Together, they decided to move to Canada in 1954 to make a better life for their children.

After living for a short time in Selkirk, Man., they decided they needed a farm of their own and bought the Shrumm farm north of Stratton, Ont. It is there that Mom and Dad worked so hard to make ends meet and to lovingly raise their family of nine children.

Besides working hard on the farm with Dad, Mom was a great gardener, a fantastic cook, and an accomplished seamstress. Many nights were spent sewing a birthday gift for one of the children the next morning or replacing a shirt that one of us suddenly grew out of.

In later years, Mom used these skills in creating all sorts of crafts, which she enjoyed placing in the Emo Fair. Mom also enjoyed reading, biking, spending time with our pet dogs, playing cards, and dancing with Dad.

Mom and Dad enjoyed many trips back to Holland to visit family and friends. They also enjoyed travelling to visit each of their children on a regular basis, but were always happy to be back home as soon as they had seen all was well.

Mom is survived by her loving husband, John, who was especially devoted to her in her time of need these last few years; her nine children, Hannah (Billie), John (Shirley), Annette (Roger), Rene (Donna), Ed (Alex), Connie (Curtis), Anita (Doug), Leona (Vern), and Yvonne (Allan); 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are two sisters, Rie and Sjaan; several in-laws in Holland; and sister-in-law, Mary vandenBrand and family of Stratton, Ont.

She was predeceased by two brothers; an infant son, Jantjie in the Netherlands; brother-in-law, Adrian vandenBrand; and several in-laws overseas.

Mom and Dad spent the last six years of Mom’s life in Emo at the Golden Age Manor. They really enjoyed the activities, but especially the care and companionship that they experienced there.

Mom spent the last one-and-a-half years in long-term care at the Emo Health Centre, where she was loved and cared for beyond all our expectations.

Vigil prayers were offered Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 7 p.m. from St. Patrick’s Catholic’s Church in Emo, Ont.

A funeral mass was held Friday, June 3, 2011 at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood, Ont., with Fr. Alan Albao officiating.

Interment followed in Imaculate Conception Cemetery in Stratton.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Emo Health Centre Long-Term Care or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Emo c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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Mom—Know that you are loved! Know that you will be missed! Know that you enriched all of our lives!