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VAN DER VELDE, June Christinia (Christensen)



June 14th, 1932 - February 7th, 2023

Passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on February 7, 2023 at 90 years of age. Beloved wife of the late Rien T. van der Velde for 47 years. Loving mother of Patricia (Garry McIntosh), Richard (Linda), and Deborah Stone (Chris Hall) (late Arthur Stone). Proud grandmother of Brian (Nataly Vargas), Christopher (Sara) and Geoffrey McIntosh, Saskia and Taylor van der Velde (Nikki), Sarah (Ryan Mahon) and Ian Stone (Jessica Nurse). Great Grandmother to L, Kalib, Hayden, Logan, Ace, Jackson, Nathan, and Ethan McIntosh, Arthur and Thomas Mahon, Louis Emanuel and Sadie van der Velde. Dear Sister to Harvey Christensen and loving Aunt to Marlene Chan and Wayne Nelsen (Charlene), Brent (Susan) and Noreen (Alan Hopper). Predeceased by brothers Orville Nelsen (Elsie), Eddie Christensen, Allen Christensen (Anne) and Gordon Christensen. She also held a special place in her heart for her many great nieces and nephews, and family in Holland. Cherished as family are her dear friends and neighbours with whom she skied, played golf & tennis, attended lectures, visited museums & galleries, shared reading at a monthly book club, played bridge, and travelled.

June was born June 14, 1932 on a farm near Holden, Alberta. After high school, she headed to Edmonton to attend Alberta College for secretarial studies. June was wanting to live and explore the world. It began when she met Rien at college and continued when they married in 1952 following graduation. They travelled to Queens University, Kingston Ontario where Rien completed his engineering degree as June worked in the Registrar’s office. In 1955 Rien graduated and received a scholarship to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston to complete his Masters Degree. Following graduation, they returned bringing Patricia now 6 months old and headed back to Alberta. Moving to Edmonton, where Rick was born, then Calgary where Deb was born, June busy with 3 children under 5, she began her commitment to volunteer work, beginning to establish a kindergarten classroom in Haysborough and then moving onto support Canadian Cancer Society for over next 55 years. In 1965 she moved to Cooksville, (Mississauga) Ontario. In the next 50 years, June was able to balance a full life calendar that prioritized her family and friends, volunteering for Cancer Society, & Snowy Owl for Girl Guides, and working as a receptionist for an optometrist. She always had time to take a bowl of soup to a friend, help drive a patient for treatment, sew a dress or repair clothing, bake muffins or squares for a friend or family, organize the bridge club schedule, or simply catch up with a phone call or walk through the park, fitting in travel wherever possible. She’s on the road again!

The family would like to thank Dr Ransom and the Southlake Hospice Palliative Care Teams for their care and support.

In honour of June’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2023, from 1 – 4 p.m. at Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket, Ontario.
If you wish, in lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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