VAN LEEUWEN, Johanna (Jenny)

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Johanna (Jenny) Van Leeuwen our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She passed away peacefully in her 97th year, after a brief illness. She is predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Jake, and by her sons, Jack, Co, Pat and her daughter Atie Vanderwerf. She is survived by her children Mia Gordon (Gerry), Elli Paziuk (Gene), Gerry Van Leeuwen (Gail), Nick Van Leeuwen (Lynn), Jenny Popma (Eric) and by daughters-in-law, Linda Van Leeuwen, Joanne Van Leeuwen and Linda Greentree. She will be fondly remembered by her 25 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was a courageous and positive woman who faced and conquered many challenges in her life. She was born in Hazerswoude, the Netherlands and immigrated, to Canada in 1951 with her husband and six young children, in order to build a better future for the growing family. She always focused on the positives in life, was strengthened by her strong faith in God and lived her life fully – enjoying music, dancing, exercising, travel and especially social time with friends and family. Her enormous personality and friendly smile will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Her funeral mass will be held at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church @ 2250 150th St in South Surrey, on Tuesday Dec. 2nd at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society.

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