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Anna van Leeuwen, 79

Anna van Leeuwen (nee Wiersema) passed away peacefully on Sunday November 23, 2014 at HSC in Winnipeg after a long courageous battle with cancer. Anna is survived by her children, Tom (Liz), Annette (Dave), Florence (Guy), Joyce, and Jim; grandchildren, Erin, Jason, Joyce, Laura, Tristan, Kaitlin, Starr, Stephanie, Natasha, Santana, Patrice, Brittney, James, and fourteen great grandchildren.
She leaves to mourn brothers, John, Archie, Corrie, Eltjo, Henry, and sisters Annie, Bertha, Lottie, Anneke and their families.
Her husband Bert, parents Jan and Froukje Wiersema, brothers Nick, Fietze, Harry, Louie, Bernie, sister Thea, and great granddaughter Miami predeceased Anna.
Anna was born in Peize, Netherlands on August 11, 1935. Anna's family immigrated to Canada on April 1,1952, and she married Bert on February 19, 1957. They resided in Winnipeg until April of 1963 when they moved to Rainy River to operate a dairy farm, and then owned Bert's Restaurant for 10 years.
Anna worked at the Arctic Cat sewing factory, and as a custodian in the local schools until her retirement. She loved camping with her family, fishing with Bert, playing cards, bingo and bowling. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, fund raising and volunteer activities. Her door was always open, she made time for everyone, and no one ever left hungry. Everyone knew her as “Oma”.
Funeral services were held December 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Emo Christian Reformed Church in Emo, ON. Pastor John Vanderburgh officiating. A family interment will take place at later date. Honourary Pall Bearers were Mark Van Heyst, Betty Blight, Janet Wolanicki, Terri Anne Lundgren. Memorial donations may be made to the Rainy River Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0. Online condolences may be offered at