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VAN NOORT, Johanna (Joan) Margo (Van Heeringen)



March 20, 1941 – February 27, 2023

March 20, 1941 – February 27, 2023

Our crew mourns as our 1st mate lifted anchor to join our captain at sea.

On Monday, February 27, 2023, Joan passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, which is what she would have wanted. She was a strong, witty, independent woman and the most selfless person you’ll ever meet. She always put everyone else’s needs and wants in front of her own. She truly understood what it meant to sacrifice for the ones she loved and that’s how she wanted it.

She was the loving wife of the late Peter Van Noort of over 60 years. She’ll be loved and remembered by her four children; Ron Van Noort (Gail Watson), Jim Van Noort (Cathy), Ken Van Noort (Michelle Vincent) and Lori Van Noort (Tim Harkness). Forever cherished by her 5 grandchildren, Justin, Jeffrey (Stephanie), Caitlin, Meghan, and Joshua and 2 great-grandchildren Tommy and Molly.

Daughter of the late Burret & Neeltje Van Heeringen and survived by her sister Nell Denhertog and sister-in-law Dicky Bronsveld. She will be greatly missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

We will all miss the lovely cards she carefully crafted … she never forgot a birthday, anniversary or special occasion. Even through all her own health struggles, she was so intuitive and could sense when someone needed a personal note to lift their spirits.

I can still hear her whistling an Anne Murray or Frank Mills song as she moved around the house. She always enjoyed a challenge to a board game and would get her kicks out of provoking Pete as he lined up to make a shot in shuffleboard. She had a competitive spirit which she definitely passed down to her kids.

She loved being surrounded by great friends and family. Hosting many dinner parties and playing poker to the wee hours of the morning in her younger years. She always dreamed of becoming a teacher and she successfully accomplished this by opening up a ceramic business in the basement of our house. She trained and passed on her crafting knowledge to many ladies who attended her weekly ceramic sessions.

She ran our family. A full-time taxi Mom to four active kids. Back and forth to the arena numerous times per day when Dad had to be out of town for business. Thousands of trips to the cottage over the years with kids and the dog spread out within her station wagon. Keeping her Dutch traditions by whipping up pannenkoeken in the mornings and putting out a spread of cold cuts and cheeses for open-faced sandwiches for lunch. There was never a shortage of gouda cheese in the fridge and speculaas in the pantry. She slaved over preparing croquettes for the family holidays … and don’t forget to toast an Advocaat at Christmas!

We are all better people for having Joan in our lives. She was an amazing woman and we will miss her dearly and remember her ever lasting selfless legacy.

In keeping with Joan’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held in the near future.

Donations may be made in honour of Joan to the Arthritis Society Canada.

Arrangements entrusted to Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home

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