Klaver, Cornelia (Corry) Vandenhoff:
Passed away peacefully at Trinity Village LTCC, on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at the age of 86.
Beloved wife of over 63 years to Hendricus (Henk) .
Loving mother of Daniel (Monica) of Coconut Creek, Florida, Terry of Baden, Rick of Waterloo, Anita Dohmer (Ron) of Ottawa and Eric (Maya Desai) of Toronto. Cherished grandmother of Taraneh (Matt), Ryan, Madeline, Lucas, Theo, and Truman.
Dear sister of Mike Vandenhoff, Joanne Schouten, Arnie and Elaine Vandenhoff, Gertie and Martin Vanderzanden, Irene Wynen, John and Leslie Vandenhoff, Bernie and Donna Vandenhoff, Karen Vandenhoff, and sister-in-law Mary Vandenhoff.
Predeceased by her parents John and Henriette Vandenhoff, second mom Corry Vandenhoff, sister Thea (Jack) Stoop, brothers Jack Vandenhoff and Henry Vandenhoff, sister-in-law Evelyn and brothers-in-law Joe Schouten and Bill Wynen.
Born in Holland on August 5 1934 into a large family that would eventually total 12 children. 5 Sisters and 6 Brothers. Family lived through the war in Occupied Holland. Following the war the family struggled with their livelihood and opportunities were opening up for immigrants to form a new life in Canada. It was decided to send two siblings to the new country, so, on June 13 1953 Corry 19 years old and her older sister Thea boarded a plane. Two young ladies trekked out, not knowing what was ahead in a new culture and new language. Bravely leaving the known for the unknown they landed in Montreal and then would go on to Sudbury for work as nannies & domestics.
A local dentist family employed Corry as a nanny to their 4 children. The sisters saved their money and were able to help their parents come over three months later. By the end of September 1953, John and Corry Vandenhoff and the remaining family departed Holland by boat to Halifax's famous Pier 21, they immediately boarded a train to arrive in Sudbury on October 02, 1953.
It was in Sudbury that a young man by the name of Henk Klaver who had emigrated from Holland with his family was able to establish himself with a steady paying job with INCO mines. Word got out in the Dutch community that two fine young ladies had arrived in town from Holland. Competition was high as the men far outnumbered the ladies. Being resourceful and being one of the few men with a car Henk was able to wisely ingratiated himself to the older sister and make himself available to assist the two young ladies with their transportation needs. Love blossomed in the intervening years and new chapter was begun when Corry and Henk married on October 3, 1957 in Kitchener-Waterloo where Corry’s family had established themselves. This branch of the Klaver family tree grew in fairly short order with the birth of Dann in 1958, Terry 1959, Rick 1961, Anita 1963 and Eric the Centennial Baby in 1967. Corry and Henk made their life as proud Kitchener residents for 63 years of marriage.
Corry was a sweet soul and children were always drawn to her. She would find that child care was her calling and passion. She loved to rock babies and always commented how “newborns smelled so good”. After caring for all her children and raising them up as a stay at home mom she looked into new opportunities to serve others. She found her niche as Funeral Support Assistant serving families in the area of aftercare Funeral Receptions for the former Schreiter-Sandrock Funeral Home and at her home church St. Anthony Daniel Catholic Church. She was such a beautiful spirit and even though she suffered with that brutal thief, Alzheimer’s Disease, there was still a spark there even up to the last.
We already miss you, Mom. Your smile, your laugh and your wicked sense of humour. We take comfort in the thought that you are in Heaven rocking babies for eternity.
Special thank you the staff at Trinity Village LTCC for their compassionate care.
Corry's family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Monday, March 29, 2021 from 6-8pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony Daniel R.C. Church, 29 Midland Dr., Kitchener on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends must RSVP to attend Corry's visitation and service. Those unable to attend, may watch her Mass by livestream on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. at https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming
. Private interment at Williamsburg Cemetery.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Trinity Village LTC Foundation, Habitat for Humanity or St. Anthony Daniel RC Church would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit www.henrywalser.com for Corry's memorial and to RSVP for visiting and service.
Thanks Mom/Oma for your lifetime of unselfish support.
We're sure that you've already found some angel babies to cuddle in your own inimitable way.
Love you forever,
Terry, Madeline and Lucas