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KARPERIEN, Gertrudis (Truus) Richarda Antonia

March 29, 1932 – Stoutenberg, Holland

April 3, 2018 – High River, Alberta

Gertrudis (Truus) Karperien, beloved wife of Gerhardus “Gradus” (Gerry) of High River, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the age of 86 years.

Truus was born in Stoutenberg, Holland. She and her family immigrated to Canada in 1954. The family was sponsored by a beet farmer and they lived in a two room beet shack where her parents and the eleven children resided. Truus moved to Calgary to work as a nanny for a Dutch couple and a chamber maid for the Palliser Hotel. She met Gradus (Gerry) at a wedding dance and they married within three years. Truus and Gradus (Gerry) lived in Midnapore with their two children for twenty-seven years. They moved to an acreage in the Red Deer Lake area, where they lived for thirteen years. Once they sold their acreage, they lived in Calgary for another twenty-three years.

Truus loved to garden, knit, play cards and games, bake, cook, and look after numerous nieces and nephews who were abandoned by their parents as they frolicked on vacation. At times her competitive streak took over when playing cards with her grandkids because playing cards was serious business. Truus had many great qualities, however, her picture taking lacked professional skill.

The last six months of her life was spent in High River where she was close to her daughter, son-in-law, three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Anyone who was privileged enough to know Truus would attest to her kindness, generosity, humor and hardworking nature.

Besides her loving husband Gradus (Gerry), Truus is survived by her children John (Karen), Margaret (Darcy), grandchildren Alyssa (James), Trista, Gerard, Desirae (Linden) and great-granddaughter Ellie.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Hendrica Vandenhengel, as well as five siblings and survived by four sisters and one brother.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the church.  Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Health Care Hero, c/o High River District Health Care Foundation, 560 9th Avenue SW, High River, AB  T1V 1B3 Telephone:  403-652-0129,

In living memory of Truus Karperien, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3,  Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Clem & Debbie Gosselin & family :

    Gerry, Margaret, John and families.
    Our heartfelt condolences to all of you at this time. Wish we were there.
    Truus was very giving and accepting. Love you guys.

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  2. Margaret and Johnny, I am so sorry to hear. She will be missed.

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  3. Mike & Marie McDougall :

    Gerry, Margaret, John and families
    We share your grief of the passing of our Sister in Christ. We have known Truus & Gerry since coming to St. Pat’s when it first opened it’s doors in 1983.
    This loving, dedicated couple has been an inspiration to everyone they met through all the ministries they were involved in at the Parish.
    I had the pleasure of many trips to the Dutch store with Truus, Maria, Irene & Jeannette. Having lunch at Costco was so much fun. (I, Marie).
    We thank Truus for her friendship all these years. Will miss her so much. Love you Gerry, we will keep in touch. (will bring you a small chocolate next visit. (Mom would not allow a big one!))

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  4. Elfriede Sanford (Husch) :

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for a very special lady.

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  5. Peggy & Michael Warwaruk :

    Gerry & Family

    We are so sorry for the loss of this great lady, we know both Truus and Gerry from Saint Patrick’s Church.
    May Peace and strength be with you at this very sad time.

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  6. Mark Schmidt :

    Very sorry for your loss. The afternoon Konrad and I spent listening to old stories about Midnapore with Truus, Gerry and Margaret is something both of us will always cherish.

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  7. T Hankel Stoodley :

    Condolences to you Mr. Karperien, Margaret, Darcy, John, Karen and families. I am so grateful I had a chance to visit with your parents last year, Margaret. That is how I will remember your mom, so strong and determined while so gentle and caring! She was a very special lady!

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  8. Brian Halford :

    John Margeret and Gerry I’m so sorry to hear of Mrs Karperiens passing our thoughts are with you and the family

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  9. Trudy Biccum :

    John, Karen, Margaret, Darcy and families. We are so sorry to hear about Tante Truus’ passing. How very sad for you all. Your Mom was truly a great lady and will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go to to all. Huggs Terry and Trudy

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  10. Gerard & Hedy Luijkx :

    Gerry and Family,
    Our sympathy to you Gerry and your family. Although we have not seen you for a number of years, we always fondly remember you Gerry, Truus and so many of the Karperien family members over the past fifty years.

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  11. John Karperien (Son) :

    Good Bye Mom. You FINALLY are able to get a well deserved rest. Thank you so much for ALL you did for not only our family but opening up our home to so so MANY people over the years! Relatives,ie:Lethbridge, Holland, B.C. and Ont., friends, neighbors, strangers (Mom and Dad assisted the L&M Motel by renting out Margarets (I’m sure she wasn’t impressed) room when the motel was full) to preparing a LOT of food for extended family outdoor breakfasts for family or relatives at home to BBQ’s at Sandy Beach, Bowness Park or the infamous Chicken Rodeo! Mom ALWAYS had enough food AND a variety of picnic supplies on hand to help another family with something they didn’t bring or provide food for whoEVER that just happened to show up unannounced. Mom and Dad looked after St.Patrick’s Church in Midnapore for 25 YEARS! Inside and OUT INCLUDING Mom making sure the Priest’s vestments looked good on Sunday. Mom too was involved with the “Good Neighbors Club” that provided a LOT of assistance for others for one ex. by knitting gloves, toques, baby blankets, sewing together a myriad of Quilts too. On top of that she volunteered at the “new” (built in ’66) Lacombe Home for 30 Years! I still remember “volunteering” walking the halls singing Christmas Carols or helping out with Bingo! I’m sure Margaret was easier to convince to help out than I was but Moms powers of pursuation easily overcame any of our objections to the contrary.I would be remiss by not including ALL the WORK that Mom did IN the house and OUTSIDE the house! I can still remember looking from the kitchen Mom in the garden and it was a big one on her knees wearing a Sun hat dressed to work HARD as she was want to do ALL the time! If there was a family function wedding or WHATEVER there was Mom providing kitchen support or whatever. Principally taking the bull by the horns and getting what needed to be done. You and Dad were a very good match for each other. I can confidently say that although we, Margaret, myself, Dad, and anyone else that may have come across Mom’s path are (particularly US) are all the better for your type of “insistence” and strong mindedness May you Rest in Peace Mom. Thank you for being a BLESSING! John

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  12. John and Alice Van Brunschot :

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We wish we could celebrate her life with you all. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    John and Alice Van Brunschot

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  13. Joe and Trudy Karperien :

    Joe & Trudy Karperien and family

    we are so sorry to hear about Truus ( your mothers ) passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. We always enjoyed her phone conversations and she was always the first one to call us when it was our birthdays. On our visits to Calgary we always made special efforts to see them and also a special condolence to our brother and brother in-law Gerry for the loss of his wife. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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  14. Deloise(Rinkel) Kupi :

    Sincere condolences to Gerry and family from Victoria BC

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  15. Donny & Jamie Collins :

    We wanted to let you all know how sorry we are for your loss – you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for comfort and peace as you travel this difficult journey.

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  16. Thys @ Sandy Rinkel :

    Hello Gerardus and family. We wish to offer our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear wife Truis. We treasure the times when we were able to get together with you and the good times we shared

    Your friends
    Thijs and Sandy Rinkel

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  17. Irene and Kim Chan :

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Truus. She was a very hardworking and kind person. We enjoyed spending time with both of you during our time at St. Pat’s. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. Take care.

    Irene and Kim Chan and family

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