Jeannette Van De Keere

April 7, 1924-September 27, 2017

Jeannette Marie Van De Keere (nee Tougas) late of Maple Ridge and formerly of Vancouver, passed away peacefully on Wednesday September 27th, 2017 at the age of 93.

Survived by son Gary Van De Keere and grandchildren Laurel and Sofie of Maple Ridge, daughter Michelle Van De Keere and grandchildren Nicole and Joseph Lunde of South Surrey, three sisters, two brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Prayers to be held on Friday October 13th at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church and a
funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday October 14th at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church: 22561 – 121 Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C.
Father John Tritschler celebrant.

The burial will take place on Monday October 16th at 11:30 a.m. at the Garden of Gethsemani Cemetery: 15800 32 Avenue, South Surrey.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Covenant House, 575 Drake Street, Vancouver and the B.C. Cancer Foundation, Vancouver Chapter, would be appreciated.

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  1. Miss you and will always think of your smile and laughter . Love Terry

  2. Mary Ellen Weber

    You were a wonderful grandmother and person overall – you will be missed

  3. Laurel Van De Keere

    Grandma VDK, you were a woman of generosity, intelligence, faith, and grace. You were an adventurer beyond your time – the first of ten siblings to move from your small rural francophone hometown in Manitoba to Vancouver in your early 20s, where you explored, met friends, worked odd jobs, developed your sense of style, danced, dated, met Grandpa, and fell in love. You raised two beautiful children followed by four lucky grandchildren. You inspired my love of politics—you made us drop everything to watch the 6 o’clock news every night, but took the time to explain difficult concepts like love, war, refugee movements, and social change. You took me to my first concert (Rita MacNeil!), and taught me how to make a mean tortière. You were like a third parent and a best friend to me; I cherish the time we spent together for so many years.

    You are so loved. And you will be so missed.

    I never imagined this day would come, Grandma. I don’t feel ready to say goodbye, but I know Grandpa is waiting for you with open arms.

    “When I reflect on my life blessed with good health and love of our family and friends, I would not change a thing.”
    – Jeannette Marie Van De Keere (1982) in “L’Arbre de Laurent Tougas et Rosanna Choquette” (translated)

    Love Laurel

  4. Auntie Jeanette,
    You brought beautiful insight and love into our lives. With so much to give to each and everyone one of your nieces and nephews, of which I am one. You are remembered with great fondness and love back.
    You lived a good life and shared your wisdom. I always felt special when you spoke to me.

  5. Brian and Sandra McGowan

    Thinking of you all and recounting fond memories of Jeanette and family room at Fraserview home going back almost 50 years.

  6. Gale / Wayne Yip and family

    Our deepest condolences to the family of Jeanette Van De Keere. We had the pleasure of knowing and helping her as neighbours. She was an amazing and interesting gal – very independent and fun loving. She was devout in her faith (as evidence in her daily-sometimes more-walks to church) and ever so proud when speaking of her children and grandchildren. Her independence included her insistence at walking to the grocery store and would often refuse rides home even during wet weather conditions. Many times I would cart her groceries home to place on the doorstep but leave her behind to walk home because she would insist upon it! In recent months, I would occasionally pop in for a quick hello at Willow because I knew it would make her smile. She was indeed a special lady and one who will be sorely missed.

  7. Sofie Van De Keere

    45 days has never felt so long. Haven’t been able to call you to talk about my French exams, I don’t get to ask you how your days been. I’m missing you more than words can describe and my heart hurts more than it ever has. You are so missed.

  8. Dear Grandma,

    The holidays were hard without you. Part of the reason I’m always so excited to come home to BC is to be greeted by your open arms, warm heart, and beautiful smile. We knew you were with us in spirit, but it just wasn’t the same. We all took comfort knowing you were enjoying your first Christmas up in heaven.

    Love Laurel

  9. Happy New Year Grandma. Thinking of you. XO

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