Maria Catharina Alberts passed on to eternal life July 23, 2005; she is in a “better place.” She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. John Jacob Alberts May 1, 1991, and three sons.
Maria is survived by 8 sons, and 19 grandchildren, Adam (Katsuko), Conrad, Tony (Colette) and Michele, David, and Jennifer, Arnie (Kathy) and Dana and Laura, Luke (Carolyn) and John (Miranda), Joel, Emily, and Paul, Allen (Pat) and Natalie and Colin, Alex and James and Jesse, Arthur Paul, and 2 daughters, Anita Alberts, and Lucia(John Peranzi) and Lucia (John Armstrong) Lisa Peranzi, Lilas(Joe Hartman), Lolita(Matt Smith), John(Jennifer), and Leah Peranzi, Her 8 great grandchildren are Gina Bloemers daughter of Lisa Peranzi, Emma and Luke Hartman, Mia, Maggie, and Matteo Smith, Johnny Armstrong, and Joseph Peranzi.
Maria Alberts was born in Amsterdam, Holland May 3, 1917, and immigrated to Canada with her mother and brothers in 1924. She had just graduated from high school when she met Dr. Alberts who was the physician on the Dutch ship, the Delftdijk, that made a stop in Vancouver. After a courtship of one week they were married on October 26, 1936 and set sail for Holland where they made their home. After the war, in 1947, they immigrated to Canada and a year later moved to the old Fraser farmhouse in Abbotsford. Dr. Alberts joined the Cannon Clinic staff and had a very successful practice. During his career he delivered about 5,000 babies and cared for many families. They loved raising their large family and shared 56 years together. They enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, classical music, gardening, beaches, Chinese food, scrabble and studying foreign languages. John and Maria were active members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
Maria Alberts’ family wishes to thank the Staff of the Menno Hospital for taking such wonderful care of their mother. God bless you all!
A requiem Mass was celebrated for Maria Alberts at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Ave., Abbotsford, B.C, Thursday July 28, 2005.