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KOETSIER, Albertina Maria (Mieke)

August 7, 1926 – Dabo, Indonesia
May 16, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Mieke was the first of five children born to Dutch parents, Albert and Tienje Moolhuyzen, on the island of Singkep in Indonesia. Her father worked for a mining company and was responsible for building the homes and infrastructure in the town of Dabo. In 1936 Mieke and her brother Dick were sent to live with their Uncle and Aunt in Alkmaar, Holland to attend middle school which was not available in Singkep. Tragically in 1939 war broke out and her family was further split apart. In 1945 Canadian soldiers liberated Holland, but nothing could compare to the happiness Mieke felt when she learned her parents and three siblings, Tonny, Albert and Dini had survived the horrific Japanese occupation of Indonesia. They were all reunited in Holland after not having seen each other for 10 years.

After the war, Mieke travelled to Northern Scotland to be a nanny. Several years later she returned to Holland and studied to become a nurse. One day in 1956 some guys on scooters pulled up in front of her family’s apartment in the Hague. Turns out one of them was Leddy (Ed) Koetsier, a friend of her brother Dick, who attended the same University in Delft. Ed had been helping another friend design and build these scooters and they came to show them off. After one ride on the back of Ed’s scooter Mieke knew everything about him, he even asked her if she wanted to immigrate to Canada with him. She said yes, but for her parent’s sake he would have to marry her first. Ed and Mieke were married on August 3, 1957 and just a few months later found themselves standing on 9th Avenue in Calgary ready to become part of Canada’s budding oil and gas industry. Ed started working as an Engineer for Shell and Mieke as a nurse. Eventually in 1965 Ed started his own oil company, Leddy Exploration Limited, and they experienced success beyond their wildest dreams. After the children were born, Emmy in 1960 and Dicky in 1965, Mieke became a stay at home mom. The family enjoyed many happy times skiing and vacationing in BC and going to warm places in the spring to scuba dive. Later in life, Ed and Mieke, when not spending time with their grandchildren, would go south to escape the cold and travel to all corners of the world.

After Ed passed in 2009 Mieke did not stop, at the age of 83 she continued to travel to the Caribbean in winter, fulfilled a lifelong dream to return to her birthplace in Indonesia and sailed a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Mieke’s final trip was last summer at the age of 91 when she returned to Holland to attend a family reunion.

Mieke had a lifelong passion for art and loved to draw, sculpt, and paint and was a regular participant at the art room at United Fish Creek. On Mother’s Day, Mieke went to hospital and four days later succumbed to her battle with chronic heart failure surrounded by family. Mieke will be sadly missed across the globe.

Mieke is survived by her brother Albert (Ria), sister Dini, children Emmy and Dick (Bonnie); grandchildren, Crosland, Mieke, William, Michael and David as well as her caregiver Feb who made so many things possible.

The family is planning a Celebration of Mieke’s life later this Summer. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com

The Family wishes to thank The Staywell Manor, United Living Fish Creek, Dr. William Hall, Dr. Derek Exner and the staff of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Michael Slawnych and Tracy of the Cardiac Function Clinic, Dr. Kobus Stassen and the entire staff at the South Calgary Campus.

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

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  1. I express my deepest Condolences to
    Ms Mieke Family,indeed she was a very Charming and Lovely Lady. Although i got to meet her in the later part of her journey in life, that didnt stopped her from touching us with her warm and loving kindness and cheerful smiles. I would take a look at her favorite spot on the Beach and could still see her Enjoying the Afternoon sun and reading her book. She will be Missed here dearly in the Caymans! ❤️

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  2. Nicole Chaplain-Pearman

    What an amazing full life! I see, from some of the things I’ve seen about you on TV and Facebook, that you’ve inherited her adventurous spirit. As long,full and wonderful as her life was, I know it’s never easy losing a loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    “Fluffy”

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  3. Like others I met her late in life but even then her adventurous spirit was still strong & joyful. My condolences to Dick & the other family members. With love & empathy

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  4. Andre & Margie DeBakker

    Lovely obituary for a lovely woman. She will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt condolences to you and you’re family.

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  5. Dear Emmy, Dick and Children.
    Know that she loved you all more then life. Hold that in your hearts moving forward and trust she is guiding you each and every day. Arms around you. Love Connie

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  6. What a beautiful, beautiful life. Heartfelt condolences & much love from Todd, Nensi & William

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  7. Brenda Arseneault

    Dear Dick and family
    A sparkle of joy and memories forever in your hearts…what a lovely lady.
    May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.
    God bless and hold you all.
    Love
    Brenda Arseneault & Peter Ciavarella

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  8. Marjory Shewchuk

    Dick and Bonnie
    Dick, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.
    It would seem that she lived a full and interesting life and it is
    now her time to rest. It will most certainly leave a very large void in all of your lives. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

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  9. Donald & Doreen Warren

    Emmy, Dick, Bonnie and children

    Please accept our deepest sympathy in the passing of your Mom and Grandma, we know you will miss her dearly. She was blessed with a long and very interesting life, through many difficulties and happy times. May she rest in peace. Kindest regards to all her family, Doreen and Don Warren

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  10. Joan Karlowsky

    Dear Emmy, Crosland and Mieke,
    We send deepest sympathy to you at this sad time. Mieke was our first neighbour to greet us when we moved across the street 25 years ago! She was gracious, generous,
    full of loving fun spirit and intelligent. She was very kind to my Mother, Nancy and always graced the children with a loving heart and smile. We will always remember the wonderful day we spent in The Caymans with Mieke and your Dad many years ago. They were a wonderful couple and a tribute to adventerous spririts.
    Joan, Wayne, Jamie and Andrew Karlowsky

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