Klazina “Clara” van Merkestein
Mrs. Klazina “Clara” van Merkestein passed away peacefully at Huron Residential Hospice on Feb. 7, 2023. She was in her 88th year.
Clara was the loving friend of the late Eddie Stanford and sister of Gerrit van Veen, Piet (Margaret) van Veen, Alie Lee (Garfield) and Martha (Cees) de Boer. She was loved and will be sadly missed by her 25 nieces and nephews and their spouses.
Clara was predeceased by her parents Marinus van Veen and Aagje Oudshoorn, her sister Agnes and her husband Henk Ten Pas, sister-in-law Helen van Veen, brother-in-law Case Rietkerk, and nephew Brian Riekerk.
At Clara’s request, cremation has taken place.
A come-and-go celebration of Clara’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1:30-4 p.m. at Riverside Funeral Home, Brussels Chapel. Memories will be shared at 2 p.m.
Clara was a very creative and crafty person. She decorated for every season and took great joy in setting up her decorations and enjoying them throughout the year. She loved to embroider and made many beautiful embroidery projects to hang on her wall. Clara loved her family, and enjoyed spending time with her sisters. She always made time for them. Her favourite time was spent celebrating birthdays and the family’s 50th year in Canada which made lasting memories for Clara. She was an independent woman with a quick wit and realistic attitude. She loved her Lord and found great solace in Him as she prepared for her final journey.
In lieu of flowers and as expressions of sympathy, donations to the Huron Women’s Shelter would be appreciated. Cheques may be sent to Box 340, Brussels, N0G 1H0.
Condolences may be left at riversidefuneralhome.ca.