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VAN VEEN, Catharina “Riny”

October 16, 1928 – Zoeterwoude, Netherlands
January 27, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Riny Van Veen beloved wife of the late Ted Van Veen of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the age of 86 years.

Riny was like a grandmother to everyone that she met. She was a positive light in her community and with her church family. Riny had a generous heart and enjoyed volunteering to various causes. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Riny is survived by her sons, Adrian (Arlene), Cornell (Signey) and Carl (Naomi); grandchildren, Kalen, Lindsay, Steel and Holly; and great-grandchildren, Grace, Taylor and Talon.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Blvd S.E.) on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through

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

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  1. Carl, Adrian, Cornell and Families,
    My deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Riny was my next door neighbor for 11 years when we lived in the townhouse complex. We continued our friendship when she moved. Riny was a genuine, friendly, helpful and lovable person. She touched my life in a positive way as she did others. I will miss her very much.
    Irene Stadnyk

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  2. Lorne Rouleau :

    Riny, a kind a gentle soul will be missed, I extend my hearfelt condolences to her family. I share in the Van Veen family’s sorrow and rejoice in her memory.

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  3. Pennie Brennan :

    Sending condolences to the family of “Riny”. I had the pleasure of working at Monterey for the last 7 years, and seeing Riny when I worked put a smile on my face. I loved her so much and she was a blessing to many! She was an amazing lady and I will miss her a lot!

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  5. Lynne and Myles Thurlow :

    I read of your mother and grandmothers passing in the paper.
    We are sorry to learn of your loss.
    Our warmest thoughts are with you at this time and we send our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

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  6. Laurie & Erik Madsen & family :

    Riny was our next door neighbour for years in Calgary, and a truly wonderful lady. She was a second mom to me and a grandma for my kids. When each of my boys turned 6 months old, she would bring over half a cake for a unique half-a-year-old celebration. She touched my whole family deeply with her thoughtful gestures & kindness. There is no such thing as a better neighbour than her example. She was simply the best. She genuinely lived the golden rule better than anybody I know. We will miss her coming to my girls’ birthday party this weekend, as she did in years past.
    Our deepest sympathy to Carl, Cornell, Adrian and their families. God Bless,
    Laurie, Erik, Colin, Caleb, Tyler, Jacob, Kristen, Caitlin

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  7. Larry Naus & Jan Drennan :

    We always enjoyed visiting Riny when we were in Calgary and also enjoyed our occasional letters and phone contact with her. She always had such a positive outlook on life. Years ago, we enjoyed hearing about her trips to the zoo in Calgary and having her show us her small backyard garden. In later years, we enjoyed hearing about her many activities at the assisted living center. She always found interesting things to do whether it was yoga in her room, exercise class, breakfast with a friend, or a variety of group day trips. We saw how Riny made the most of whatever life brought her way and will always remember this for our own lives. May her family hold dear many warm memories of this kind, cheery lady.

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  8. Jan Slingerland :

    Dear family, I sent you a message from Holland. Your (grand)mother was the youngest sister of my father Jan Slingerland. He was bron on 4-9-1918 and died 15-1-2012. So, when he died, he was 93 years old. My father was very fond of your (grand)mother, aunt ‘Riny’. I met your (grand)mother on a family-reunion in 2006 in Holland (Alphen aan den Rijn), in the neighbourhood of her and my father’s place of birth, Zoeterwoude (Weipoort). Our family hold many warm memories of your (grand)mother. May she rest in peace !

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