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Mary Van Dongen

Mary Van Dongen

March 8, 2020

Mary Van Dongen
Maria Longina Van Dongen (nee Jacobs), of Mount Forest, passed away peacefully at Strathcona Long Term Care, Mount Forest, on Sunday, March 8th, 2020 in her 99th year.  Beloved wife of the late Adrian Van Dongen.  Loving mother of Marianne Edwards (Randy); Cora McGee (Dan); Tony: Frank (Sandy); Lucy Ferguson (Jack); Marlene Evans (Ralph); Peter (Janice) and mother-in-law of Cherryl.  Beloved Oma of Anna (Ed); Laura (Nathan); Barry; Rita (Yehuda); Ina (Alex); Irene; Ben (Brenda); James (Pearl); Ian (Michelle); Claire; Jorjia; Vicki (Brad); Adrian and Joey.  Great Oma of 14.  Survived by brother Kees (Ria); sisters-in-law Greta and Riet and many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her son John; granddaughter Sarah; and son-in-law Gary.  Mary was born in Rijen, North Brabant, Holland.  She was the third eldest of nine children.  Mary and Adrian immigrated to Canada in 1951, where they followed their dream of becoming dairy farmers, first near Chatham and in 1965 they settled in Kenilworth.  They made life long friends over the years, that became like family.  Friends may call at the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Friday, March 13th from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m., where a vigil prayer service will be held at 1:45 p.m.  A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church, 230 Queen Street East, Mount Forest on Saturday at 11 a.m., with visitation being held at the church prior to the service from 10 – 10:45 a.m.  Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In memory of Mary, donations can be made to the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


Lieve familie, Wij leven erg mee met jullie! Wat zullen jullie je moeder, schoonmoeder en oma erg missen. Voor ons was het ook een erg bijzondere, sterke, lieve en gastvrije tante. Veel sterkte! Liefs, Hennie en Corry ❤️

— Corry van Rooijen - Jacobs, March 16, 2020

Dear family Van Dongen, cousins and cousines. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of you with this great loss. Your mom, my aunt Mary (or taante Rie as we used to call her), was a gem of mankind, a very nice person whom I got to know (a bit) when I stayed in Canada during my PhD-period. I visited your mom and dad twice in 1989 and later in 1991 again when I came over with my mom, your aunt Nelly. My mom and yours were very close sisters, and almost look-a-likes in many ways. I recall seeing her with Easter in 1989 when I stayed at your parents' place for some time that the resemblance with my mother struck me and I almost felt seeing (and hugging) my own mom. During that stay many of you were there (over the Easter days) and I got to know you better. Best image there was Barry (with a Batman drawn on his face) looking (carrying a bucket!) for the easter eggs hidden by your mom, and your mom walking around amidst of her egg-searching grandchildren with a paper listing where again it was she hid all those eggs...so she would know and be able to help some to find those eggs... But in the evening you all left and I remembered talking to your parents all night. We discussed any item in an open and honest way, and a lot of their past and pioneering adventure they both embarked on in the 50's. It was very impressive to me, both your dad and mom told me so much about my mom and dad, my grandparents (whom I hardly have known), the time during the war (the occupation of Rijen by the nazi's), and they showed me pictures I've had never seen before. It was in all very inspiring and gave me an understanding of what they went through, not at all easy and at times hard and gruesome. How they coped and felt support of their believe and religion. And two years later it was super nice to see how ours moms connected and celebrated their being together once more to chat about what-not. Sadly, nobody lives forever, and now also tante Rie deseased. I sympathise fully and deeply with you, and want to wish you strength to cope with this immense loss, this reference point in your lives. Warm regards and a hug to you all. Hope to see you all again someday. Bert

— Bert van de Heijning, March 14, 2020

Dear Van Dongen Family. Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a lovely lady and what a life well lived. Regrettably we are not able to attend the funeral today as we had planned but will be thinking of you all . Mary Lou & Paul Bolen

— Mary Lou & Paul Bolen, March 14, 2020

Very sorry for the loss of your Mother our deepest sympathy Ambrose and Brenda

— Ambrose & Brenda Brown, March 13, 2020

Frank, Sandy, and family. So sorry to hear of your loss of your mom. Our thoughts are with you during this time of sadness.

— Heather Walker, March 12, 2020

To the VanDongen Family, Our condolences. My mother was a vanDongen (Antonia Hamers van Dongen), second cousin to both your parents. We have had some enjoyable visits in the past and will remember both your parents as “gezellige brabanders”. Chris and Annalies Hamers, Gorrie Ontario.

— Chris Hamers, March 12, 2020

Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. May you all be in peace

— Dave & Connie Goetz, March 11, 2020

Veel sterkte voor jullie allemaal. Tijdens onze vakantie hebben we jullie moeder leren kennen als een lieve, belangstellende en gastvrije tante. Zo zal ze in onze herinnering blijven bestaan. Lieve groeten van Guus en Carla uit Hilvarenbeek

— Guus en Carla van Dongen, March 10, 2020

Lieve neven en nichten Van Dongen. Van harte gecondoleerd met het overlijden van jullie moeder. Ze heeft een prachtige leeftijd mogen bereiken. Wij wensen jullie heel veel sterkte met het verwerken van dit verlies. Groeten uit Nederland van Ellie, Jan en Toos en familie.

— Toos Biemans, March 10, 2020

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294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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