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MASON, Wilhelmina “Willy” Engeltje (nee deWeerd)

March 26, 1926 – Heemskerk , Netherlands
September 26, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Wilhelmina “Willy” Engeltje Mason passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the age of 87 years.

Willy was a generous, loving person who touched the lives of all who met her. She passed away with her children and family maintaining a bed side vigil, and succumbed to simple old age.

Bernie, her husband of sixty-four years passed away three years previously, and she leaves all three of her children, Larry Mason (Danna), Margaret Sorge (Bruce) and Ron Mason (Glenda), as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Wilhelmina was predeceased by her parents Arie deWeerd and Maartje deWeerd) and her brother Cor deWeerd. She was a Dutch war bride that came to Canada to start her new life in the land of her husband. Together they struggled to make ends meet, but with a keen sense of financial prudence, they were able to build a new home and a new life. They opened a successful cross-county ski and hiking shop in Calgary, which also enabled them to embrace the outdoors, skiing and hiking all over Banff National Park. They also were able to return to Europe many times, exploring new places and making new friends. After Bernie passed away, she invited her children to Europe to let them meet relatives that had never been met, and to visit the ancestral home. Willy really had a great time on that last visit, and fondly looked at the photographs that were taken.

In her passing, a huge void has engulfed our hearts. She will be missed, and our memories of her will always be treasured, never to be forgotten.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to express their gratefulness to the staff on Unit 66 of the South Health Care Campus for treating mom with dignity and compassion, easing her pain. Both Dad and Mom were advocates of the efforts of the Salvation Army, so if so desired, you may make a donation directly to this charity, Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111, www.salvationarmy.org.

In living memory of Wilhelmina Mason, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. To Ron ,Glenda and extended family:So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother/mother in law and grandmother. Our condolences…Frank Debi[Smart] Raddatz and Family

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  2. To Ron ,Glenda and extended family……so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother,mother-in-law and grandmother. Sincere condolences from Frank, Debi[Smart] Raddatz and family

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  3. Very sorry to hear of auntie Willy’s passing, I have fond memories of her big smile, joking with dad and lively spirit. I know that you will have many wonderful memories as well that will hopefully provide comfort to you during this difficult time. Doreen, Maureen, Gail and family

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  4. Dear Larry, Danna, Marg, Bruce, Ron, Glenda and Families,
    So very sorry for your loss — our “Willy” was a bright light in the Mason family — always with a twinkle in her eye and a sharp wit too!
    The many happy memories of your wonderful mom/grandma will always be with you and comfort you.
    Love, Uncle Sid & Auntie Lorraine.

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  5. sue helmer (scholz) :

    Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your mom from the Scholz family. We remember Willy for her great smile and laugh. May you always carry a special place in your hearts in her memory.
    Sue Helmer (Scholz)

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  6. Marg, Larry, Ron and families – sending you all our love as we mourn the passing of Aunty Willy. She was a such a special person, and she will be missed terribly.

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  7. Tonie and Fons Deker :

    To all of Willie’s family.
    It was so special how we got to know Willie and her mother through Tonie’s parents in the Netherlands. It has always been a pleasure to visit with Willie and Bernie and we much enjoyed her super friendly character. Our thoughts are with all of you.
    Kind regards,
    Tonie and Fons Dekker

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  8. Doreen Mason , Maureen Walsh and Family :

    Marg , Larry and Ron we are sending you a warm and heart felt hug this morning. Mom has expressed a “thankyou for the fun and good times”.
    Auntie Willy and Uncle Bernard were a very important part in the family circle of the Masons.
    Gail will be with you this morning and I look forward to talking with you and sharing stories,
    Love Doreen, Maureen
    and Family

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  9. Daphne, Bill, Carey Pollock :

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Your mother will always be remembered for her kindness, warmth for family and friends, her smile and laughter and zeal for life. We will miss her dearly.

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  10. Daphne, Bill, Carey Pollock :

    Love The Pollocks

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  11. John Mason and Family :

    Sorry for your loss. Just learned of this. My condolences.

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