Anna Cornelia Maria Wynands, 92, of Iroquois, passed into eternal life suddenly on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Winchester District Memorial Hospital.
Anna was born in Amsterdam on June 8, 1920, to the late Eeltje and Catherina vanBakelen. She married Jan Feddema on January 27th, 1949, and together they immigrated to Calgary in January 1953. Anna was widowed in April 1953.
The following year, she moved with her three children to Cardinal, Ontario, where she married Johan Gerhard “Gerald” Wynands on May 23rd, 1959. Anna and Gerald lived and farmed in Cardinal for 28 years before retiring to Iroquois.
Anna and Gerald had two more children together, and made their farm an oasis of hospitality, welcoming with open arms, not only visitors from Calgary and the Netherlands, but also a dozen foster children.
In 1982, Anna and Gerald were honoured for 15 years as foster parents.
Whether children or houseplants, everything and everyone Anna touched seemed to thrive under her care. She enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and took a lively, sympathetic and cheerful interest in the joys and trials of all her extended family. She had a quick sense of humour and the ability to find a smile in every circumstance.
Anna was continually sewing, knitting and crafting for her family and friends. Visitors never left her home without some evidence of her generosity and skill.
Each family birthday or holiday was marked by the arrival of one of her handcrafted, hand written cards, and she enjoyed corresponding with distant friends and family.
Anna was a long-time member of the Catholic Women’s League and an active member of St. Cecilia Church in Iroquois. She will be sorely missed by her friends there as well as those in her crafting group and in her community.
Anna is survived by her husband, Gerald, and her children, Trudy (Bill) Whittaker of Lyndhurst, Adrian (Carol) of North Augusta, Edward (Janet) of Lyn, Maria (Gary) Ferguson of Jasper, John (Dawn) of Cardinal, and by her brother Cor (Allie) vanBakelen of Amsterdam, Holland.
She is fondly remembered by 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Anna is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, in both Holland and Canada.
Friends called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois on Thursday, December 6, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial took place in St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church in Iroquois, on Friday, December 7, at 11:30 a.m.
Donations to St. Cecilia’s Church or Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Interment took place at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cardinal. Pall bearers were six of her grandchildren, Richard Whittaker, Christina, Ryan and John Wynands, and Thomas and Nicole Ferguson.
Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com