Wilhelmina Akkerman – VandenBrink,
March 27,1930 – Nov. 26, 2014
Our mom passed away peacefully to be with her Lord on Wed. Nov. 26 in Abbotsford Regional Hospital. We are so grateful to God for the gift she was to us, her family, and to the many people whose lives she touched. She will be dearly missed.
Wil was born in Maassluis, Holland. She grew up in a loving and kind family. She began nurses training but after a year, in 1953, she married Sjouke Akkerman and left for Canada. The young couple lived for two years in New Westminster where 2 children were born. They then moved to Port Alberni raising their family of 5.
At the age of 51 Wil went back to school to become a Long Term Care Worker, completing her life’s goal of working in health care. She worked in Port Alberni before moving to Abbotsford where she worked at Bethesda and Bevan Lodge. Aside from working she enjoyed, time with her family and grandchildren.
While in Abbotsford she was blessed by reuniting with her childhood classmate Cory.
Although our mom had difficult days in her life, she remained gracious and giving. She had the support of a prayerful and loving family in Holland and New Zealand.
For her life and legacy, we are grateful and blessed.
Daughter; Joanne Akkerman (Jack Dekens) Abbotsford. Son; Ray Akkerman (Ginette Pepin) N. Vancouver. Daughter; Marian Vanderwal (Rich) Abbotsford. Daughter Jacqueline Oostenbrink (Brian) Burnaby. Son; Ger Akkerman (Valerie) Surrey.
Grandchildren; Annelise Dyck (Rylan), Jaclyn Cottrell, Matthew Akkerman, David Akkerman, Rachel Slomp (Joel), Jill Hoeppner (Kelwyn), Marie Vroom (Joseph), Lorene Barnum (Michael), Benjamin Oostenbrink, Kathryn Oostenbrink, Noah Akkerman and Drew Akkerman.
Wilemina/Willa Dyck, Justin Slomp.
Her memorial service will be held Friday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 3215 Trethewey St., Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers donations to www.liferecovery.ca would be appreciated.
Online condolences to the family may be made to www.wiebeandjeskefh.com.
Wiebe & Jeske