Alice (Akke) Vander Meulen of Abbotsford, BC, went to be with her Lord and Savior. She passed away after a brief illness on February 14, 2015, at the age of 80 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Alice was born in 1934 to Peter and Joukje Vander Schaaf in Wouterswoude, Friesland, a province of the Netherlands. In 1952, she and her large family immigrated to Canada and settled in Brampton, Ontario, near Toronto. In 1975, she, her former husband Stanley and her five children Judith (Harold Atsma), Anne O’Leary, Jacob, Ronald (Gini) and David immigrated to the Fraser Valley. She is being grieved as well by ten grandchildren who called her Beppe and fifteen great-grandchildren who knew her as GG, short for great-grandmother. She will also be missed by her five sisters and four brothers. Alice was a wonderful homemaker and expert in the seamstress and weavers trades. She was renowned for her fine textile craft work, especially her beautiful quilts. She remained highly active in her community at Gateway Christian Reformed Church and several volunteer organizations where she was deeply beloved and will be sorely missed. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm and 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 34537 Marshall Road. A Memorial Service will be held at Gateway Church, 2894 Gladys Ave. in Abbotsford on Friday, February 20 at 1:00 pm. Officiated by Alice’s brother Pastor James Vander Schaaf of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bethesda Christian Association.
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