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ZUIDEMA, Wilhelmina (Willy) Johanna (nee Steenbergen)

December 31, 1946 – March 22, 2012

Willy Zuidema beloved wife of Eddie of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the age of 65 years.

Willy was a dedicated child care provider recently celebrating twenty-five years looking after children in the Calgary area. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed.

Besides her loving husband Eddie, Willy is survived by her daughters Cynthia (Ken Rose) and Sylvia (Robert Caudron); and by granddaughters Jordan and Keelyn Caudron.

A Private Celebration of Willy’s Life will be held at a later date. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Calgary & Area Chapter, 150, 110 Quarry Park Blvd. S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 3G3 Telephone: (403) 250-7090, www.mssociety.ca or to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, #271, 339 – 50 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 2B3 Telephone: (403) 265-9039, www.childrenswish.ca.

In living memory of Wilhelmina Zuidema, 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. Sonja Evert en Peter :

    Lieve Eddy en kinderen en kleinkinderen Sterkte met dit grote verlies
    Ze is voor altijd in mijn hart

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  2. Ed, Marjon & Nathalie van Asch (Holland) :

    Dear Family,

    Friday morning here in Holland we heard the news of the suddenly dead of our beloved aunt Willy. It is hard to find words… She was so young and beloved by so many people. She was a great mother, grandma, sister, anunt and most of all a good and beloved friend for everyone. We gonna mis her visit’s here in Holland, her smile, her laugh and many more things. Ik hope when she arrives in heaven her Mother, Father and her Sister (my Mother) will welcome her with open arms.

    Dear Aunt Willy, Rest in peace, we gonna mis you. XXX

    Dear familie in Canada, Uncle Eddie, Cynthia and Ken, Sylvia, Robert, Jordan and Keelyn we wish you much strength in this difficult period.

    You all must know “we are thinking about you”

    Greetings from Holland.

    Ed, Marjon and Nathalie van Asch

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  3. Richard Hayes :

    Dear Ed, Cynthia, and Sylvia:

    We were all very sad to hear of Willy’s passing. She was always a great neighbour and friend. And will be missed dearly.

    Love Pat, Clayton, Richard, Jodi, Randy

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  4. Lisa Mitchell :

    I only knew Willie briefly at Richmond School. I was deeply impressed by her care for her family and for the children in her care. She will be missed.

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  5. Dear Family, There was no one more important in Willy’s world than all of you and she was so proud of her family. Richmond was so proud of her! Our school will seem so empty now with the “heart” of it gone, but please let me offer my hugs and sincere comfort! Just call if you need anything…..anytime. Sincerely, Gayle Berry

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  6. Carolyn O'Reilly :

    I am shocked and deeply saddened by Willy’s passing. She looked after both my boys at Richmond school 15 years ago and we loved her. She was a positive, kind and loving woman. She loved those kids and they loved her. My thoughts and prayers are with you, her family, in this very sad time. Sending love, Carolyn O’Reilly

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  7. Our deepest condolences to the Zuidema family on the loss of such a loving, caring and beautiful woman. It is an honor to have known Willie and know she will be sorely missed. From Arlene, Reg, Angela, Jennifer(Bussey)and Robin Smith

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  8. Dear Willy’s family,
    Our family, Caitlin, Doug and I were so privileged to have known Willie, had her wonderful care and love as Caitlin grew up and to have met your wonderful family. Please know our thoughts are with you. We will always remember Willie as an extraordinary, wonderful person in our lives.

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  9. Tanya Bhattacherjee :

    Words and tears can not express the shock and deep sadness today. My deepest Condolences go out to the family. I have personaly known her for 30years Mrs Zuidema was Richmonds Schools #1mom. Growing up with both her children was an honor. Her smile that greated us kids made our day. She was truly one in a million people that touched our lives. she will be greatly missed.

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  10. Mike Verhoorn :

    Dear Ed, Cynthia, and Sylvia:

    My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. I feel privileged to have worked with Willy, and know that she was an incredible influence on a lot of young people. Her kind heart, warm smile, and hugs were appreciated by all who came in contact with her.

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  11. Cynthia:

    Sorry to hear about your mother’s death. You & yours are in my thoughts & prayers during this trying times.

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  12. Deanna, Rod, Courtney & Samantha Pigeau :

    We were so blessed to have had Willy in our lives. The love, caring and warmth she always gave to our kids, and us, through their elementary years will forever be appreciated. Such an inspiration, our Willy. Our prayers are with you.

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  13. Pat Nikkila & Isabella Davey :

    Very sorry for your loss. Willy was an amazing caring woman.She took such loving care of Isabella from Kindergarten through to grade 6 and I am forever grateful to her for that. Isabella loved to go visit Willy & the daycare long after she had moved on to Jr. High & High School. I hope that you will find comfort knowing that her life touched so many and left an impression that will not be forgotten. She will be missed.

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  14. Sonja Evert en Peter :

    every time I visit your photo look,
    I get tears of disbelief and sadness
    I wonder why tears because you’re not there anymore,
    and tears because I know the answer either.
    Sometimes I look at the stars, there seems there one very bright.
    then wonder where you are now.
    and whether this weird feeling without you ever went
    Sometimes I wanted that I could be with you
    If only briefly.
    maarja, that is but one wish,
    that nobody can give me
    Dear sister, I miss you
    and I keep thinking of you.
    and at this moment there is a place in my heart,
    the most beautiful that I you can donate.
    Dear sister. I miss you.
    and I love you your sister Sonja
    From Holland

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  15. sylvain en ramona :

    lieve ome Ed,cynthia en sylvia

    Gecondoleerd met dit grote verlies in gedachten zijn jullie bij ons en delen we dit verdriet.
    ook hier in holland zullen we haar missen sterkte voor de komende tijd

    Lieve tante willy rust zacht we zullen u nooit vergeten

    Liefs sylvain en ramona

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  16. Harry van Asch :

    Ed Cynthia En Sylvia heel veel sterkte in deze dagen
    Harry

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  17. Marcel van Asch :

    Dear Ed, Cynthia, and Sylvia

    Dear Aunt Willy, Rest in peace, we gonna mis you. XXX

    With love Marcel,Esmeralda en Sven

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  18. Joanne Goods :

    Please allow me to express my condolences over the passing of Willy. One always struggles to find the right words to say in situations like these, and I’m afraid I’m no exception to that rule. My heart goes out to you at this time.

    Willy was an amazing lady.

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  19. My my thoughts, prayer and condolences to you, Willy’s beloved family. During my time at Richmond School, Willy was one of mine and the school’s greatest supporters. Willy’s love of the school, children, staff and parents was reflected in the love they returned to her. Let memories of a wonderful lady and her legacy substain you all in the future. Richmond School will never be the same.
    With Sympathy,
    Betty Evans

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  20. Dick en Marga :

    Lies, Lieve zus

    ze is blijven slapen
    in haar slaap heengegaan
    maar wij blijven achter
    er vloeid menig traan
    Jij wordt herenigd met Mama en Papa en Ria
    wij kunnen beginnen met de verwerking van dit grote verlies

    Je was een zus met veel vrienden om je heen
    bracht familie vaak dichter bij elkaar
    Ook de zorg die je gaf aan anderen
    getuigd van liefde voor de medemens, een groot gebaar

    We zullen je missen dat staat wel vast
    een andere wending krijgt ons leven
    Wie zal de zorgen op zich nemen
    wie wil en kan die zorg gaan geven
    We zullen vast heel veel aan je denken
    en wensen je kracht op je Hemelse reis.

    Willy Rust zacht

    Je zwager Dick en je zus Marga
    Ed en de kinderen en kleinkinderen sterkte

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  21. May God bless this family with strength and peace during this trying time. Miss Willy was my idol, the way she was with children was a blessing to watch and learn. I spent 4 years with Miss Willy and her family at Richmond Childcare. It was the best 4 years working with children I have had so far. Miss Willy would allow me to do my thing and always supported me in my adventures with the children. She challenged my beliefs and pushed me to do the best that I could do. She welcomed us into her life as if we were family and that’s just the way she wanted it. Oh Cynthia, please be strong sweetie and I miss you terribly…Another angel was called home! You will be truly missed! “Let the children come for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”…well if there was ever an adult-child….Miss Willy you were definitely the best! Always in our heart….With all my love…Tina xo

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  22. Dik en Marga v Grondelle :

    Lieve Ed ;Cynthia en sylvia

    Willy was een zus en schoonzus uit duizenden.We zullen haar erg missen.

    kusjes Dik en Marga

    duizenden.We zullen haar missen

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  23. Sara Kast and Family :

    The world is a much sadder place without Willy. She was such an inspiration to my two kids and to all the kids she helped raise at her awesome daycare. Even when my kids went onto other schools they always stayed in touch with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family as they try to cope with this unexpected tragedy. God Bless you Willy, you left us way too soon.
    Sara and Family

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  24. Dianne Norek :

    It is with great shock and sadness that I send our deepest sympathy. Thinking of you at this very difficult time. Dianne&Horst

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  25. Ed, Cynthia, Sylvia,& families,

    I am so sorry to hear about Willy. She was such a wonderful person and I have many fond memories of times with her and all of you. My self and my kids all send our condolences and love.

    Mavis

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  26. Genia and Family :

    Ed, Cynthia (Ken), Sylvia (Rob),

    Deepest condolences. There are no words that can help ease your pain but time does heal the heart.

    Willy will always be remembered by the kindness of her actions and for her love of life.

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  27. Stacey Aberdeen :

    Dear Zuidema family, I am terribly saddened by your family’s loss. I, with many others, knew Willy through Richmond school. Although my children are not in her program, she welcomed them and I, into her room with open arms and such a warm heart. Even offering my 3 year old to spend the afternoon with her. All of our children will miss her dearly, as will the parents.
    I greatly enjoyed my talks with her. She always shared lovely stories about her darling granddaughters. I wished so much to meet them on the school grounds one day. Her absence from all of our lives will be greatly felt.

    Our heartfelt sympathies for you at this time.
    Ritman family

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