It is with profound sadness that the Heyens family announces the loss of our matriarch, Margaretha (Margaret) Heyens, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances with her devoted and loving family by her side.
Mom was born on May 20, 1925 in Hengstdijk, Holland.
Mom and Dad were married on April 19, 1949 and immigrated immediately to Canada. They came with next-to-nothing to a strange country and Mom taught herself English by reading newspapers, always a baby on her hip and one on the way.
They worked unbelievably hard to succeed but succeed they did.
She was fiercely proud of her 13 children and all their accomplishments. The many grandchildren gathered on Sunday for French fries and ice cream. All were welcome and gathered around her table; she always had time to “stir the pot.”
In her later years, when she finally had time for herself, she could be seen flying by on her bike going to garage sales. She had a flair for clothes and jewellery, and loved music, dancing, knitting, and crosswords, as well as “Jeopardy" and "Judge Judy.”
She was a life-long member of the C.W.L. and a volunteer at the Salvation Army for many years. She was extremely strong through it all right to the end.
She is survived by her 13 children, Louise Hantsch (Josef) of Germany, Antoinette (Netty) Gourlie (Bill) of Terrace, B.C., Gilbert (Margaret) of Emo, Ont., Martha Dimit (Roger) of Kenora, Ont. Leo (Carolynn) of Kenora, Ont., Paul (Donna) of Stratton, Ont., Eugene (Eileen) of Rainy River, Ont., Jack (Adrienne) of Niverville, Man., Anne-Marie Robin (Gaetan) of Prince Rupert, B.C., George (Barb) of Stratton, Ont., Margaretha (Rita) Numainville (Leon) of Timmins, Ont., Theodore (Ted) of Stratton, Ont., and David (Michelle) of Thunder Bay, Ont.; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
She also is survived by three sisters, Loes, Tilly, and Vally and their families; as well as numerous Heijens families, all in Holland.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Leon (1997); children, Mark (1966) and Bobbie-Jo (1970); daughters-in-law, Dorothy and Wanda; son-in-law, Phillip; grandson, Robyn; and numerous close relatives in Holland.
Funeral service will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Way Church in Pinewood, Ont.
The pallbearers will be her eight sons and the honourary pallbearers will be her five daughters.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont., with prayers at 8 p.m.
In memoriam donations can be made to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care “Palliative Care Room.”