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On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Mieke van Weelderen, loving wife and
mother of three, peacefully passed away at age seventy-nine at her home
in Okotoks, AB. She was born to Cornelia and Jan Mulder in Rotterdam,
the Netherlands. During her nursing studies at the then brand new Hospital
“Dijkzigt” in Rotterdam, Mieke was featured in the local newspaper along
with H.R.M. Queen (then Princess) Beatrix. Upon graduation, Mieke became
a Registered Nurse, continuing to work at the “Dijkzigt”.

The love of her life, J.A.D. (Dick) vanWeelderen stole Mieke’s heart while on
a romantic sea voyage from Rotterdam to London and back. Since getting
married in Overschie, Mieke and Dick raised three strapping lads, two dogs,
and three cats. After moving the family to Canada in 1974, Mieke restarted
her medical career but as a Home Care Aide.The next forty years saw Mieke
setting up households in Sherwood Park, Edmonton,Vancouver, Calgary, and
Victoria while also caring for those in need. While she loved a good book,
cup of coffee and a cigarette, Mieke also loved to travel and experience
nature with road trips in the family station wagon down the West Coast, up
the Alaska Highway or across B.C. and Alberta. Mieke finally retired together
with Dick in Okotoks, AB near their sons in Calgary.

All of her life, Mieke has been artistic; dabbling in everything from pottery to
painting in watercolours, many of which grace the walls of the family home.
An active volunteer with the “Friends of the Okotoks Public Library” and
the Mission Thrift Store Okotoks, Mieke could always be counted on to find
small treasures for her family. Other pursuits included playing mah-jong with
friends and solitaire with a well-used deck of cards.
 

Mmo (Mieke, mamma, oma) is survived by her husband Dick; sons
Floris (Amy), Eppo (Lisa), and Aarnoud (Monica); and three grandsons
Jasper, Jack, and Henry. She is also survived by her older brother Bert but
predeceased by her parents, oldest brother Jan and youngest brother Kees.
Mieke was best known for her caring nature, tenacity, and love of lists.

The family would like to especially extend their gratitude and best wishes
to all those in Okotoks with whom she became friends and frequent
acquaintances. It is clear Mieke cared deeply for all of you as it was always
nice to hear of the life stories you shared with her.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of
giving flowers, the family asks that those who are able instead make a
donation to the Okotoks Public Library in Mieke’s memory.
Dutch-Canadian daughter, sister, nurse, wife, mother, HCA, artist, volunteer.