With Deep sadness we announce the passing of our Mom, Wife, Oma, Sister, and Friend, Martina Vanderstarren. Mom fought with strength and courage to stay with us as long as she could and died peacefully on March 2, 2008. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, John; sons Alex (Frances), Rob (Mary), Andy (Gaby), John (Cheryl); daughter, Wendy; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and sister, Ria & sister-in-law Riet in Holland.

Martina was born July 4, 1931 in The Netherlands. She came to Canada with her husband John and young son Alex in 1956 and settled in Ontario. In 1974 they moved their family to BC and came to Abbotsford in 1979. All who knew Mom will remember her wonderful sense of humor and her deep love for her children, grandchildren, and husband. We will love and miss you all the days of our lives, Mom. God Bless

Thank you to Dr. J. Winner, the home care staff who helped our Mom, and special thanks to Brenda and Colette at the Maple Ridge Hospice. A very special thank you to Mary for taking such loving care of Mom and to Terry for his prayers and support.

A Celebration of Mom’s Life will be held on Friday, March 7, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford.

“There are three things that will endure – faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13



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