Van de Ven, Marinus “Mies” (Maurice)

Van de Ven, Marinus “Mies” (Maurice)

August 25th, 2020

Passed peacefully, with family by his side on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of Adriana “Jane” (née Ketelaars). Cherished father of Tony (Cheryl), Mike (Linda), Jerry, and Maureen. Adored Opa of Kate, Jeremy, Joshua, Shari, Devin; and great-Opa of Rachel and Michael. Cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his brother Frans in the Netherlands; sisters-in-law Ann, Martha, Riek, and Mien; and brother-in-law Henk. He is predeceased by his parents, Antonius and Gertruda; brothers, John and Arnold, of Ontario, Wim (Riek) Jo, Tien, and his sister, Piëta, of the Netherlands. Born in the town of Gemert in the Netherlands. Marinus served two years in the Dutch Army in Jakarta, Indonesia. Upon returning, he attended trade school to become a plasterer - a craft he excelled at with his own business for over 30 years. He married Adriana in 1956 and shortly after, they set out to the open seas for a new life in Canada. Next May would have been their 65th wedding anniversary. Marinus was a beautiful soul that was liked by everyone. He will always be remembered for his optimistic personality and the kindness in his heart. A funeral service will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., with visitation from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Registration is required to attend the visitation and service.

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Please note: as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, attendance numbers will be restricted. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols are in place which may preclude some from being able to attend and masks are mandatory. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Mies are asked to consider the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario. 


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Christine Zomers LeNeveuOom Mies was the most welcoming, wonderful positive soul you could ever meet. Never too busy for a talk. always willing to share a good joke, his laugh loud and genuine! We couldn't wait for him and Tante Sjaan and the family to come visit and even when we were all older we still awaited their visits with anticipation. Oom Mies was my godfather as he was of apparently quite a few kids but I always felt special and loved. I will always hold my special memories in my heart and hold a special place for the uncle we all adored. He will be missed forever. My deepest expression of sympathies to my cousins and spouses, his grandchildren and great grandchildren and to his beloved wife Tante Sjaan. Love you
rina kustersWe send you our condolences on behalf of your beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Mies. He was a very kind and loving person. We think of you in Holland as members of the Vereijken family, who had strong connections also being in Canada in former days. Family of MienVereijken- zomers. Our sincere condolences.
Barbara LandreyDear Maureen- our sincere condolences on your Dad’s death. You always spoke so highly of him. Our sympathy to your family. You will all miss him. Barb & Bill
Grace Nakamura My deepest condolences to the Van de Ven clan. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a loved one. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you all ❤️
Don murraySo sorry to hear of the passing of Mies. I always enjoyed chatting with him and making him laugh at my feeble attempts to speak Dutch. He truly was a fine, fine man and I shall miss him.
Louise ClarkDear Mo - We're both so very sorry to hear about your dad. I will always remember what a wonderful sense of humour he had, and how welcome he made you feel whenever you were around him. Our thoughts are with you, your mom, and the rest of your family. Keep your memories close to your hearts. Love Louise and Ralph
Walter PevceviciusMy deepest sympathies for your loss. Always enjoyed pictures you shared of him over the years.
Johanna Zomers Have so many wonderful memories of Ome Mies and so very sad to lose him. Much love to Tante Sjaan and our cousins, Tony, Micheal, Jerry and Maureen and so very sorry that I can't be at the funeral because of a medical appointment.
Tonnie & Jamie SchellekensOur condolences for the passing of Ome Mies. It always was a delight when Ome Mies and Tante Sjaan came to visit Opa en Oma in the Netherlands. I have very fond memories of Ome Mies and has attempts to always make everyone smile and laugh with his jokes. Lots of love from the Netherlands Tonnie & Jamie Schellekens
roger and carol partridgeWe will miss seeing him at the coffee klatch every week. He has always shown kindness and calmness to all. His smile was infectious. Although he lived a long life it is never really enough. May he rest in peace and may your family find solace in time. God bless.
Nancy BroderickMaureen, I know how close you were to your Dad and all the love and care you displayed for him. I know your heart will be breaking right now but in time you will remember all the things that made him so dear to you and find strength in that. Our hearts are with you at this painful time. Condolences also to your entire family.
Leslie YeeMaureen, I am saddened to learn about your dad. I hope that you are reassured that your tireless dedication to your parents sustained their vitality and quality of life in the senior years. I trust that as you grieve alongside your mom, brothers, and other family members, you are comforted by the memories that you share with your dad.
Ted&Anne SmetsOur sincere condolences to Sjaan and the whole family.Be thinking of you.
Sarah WatkinDear Mo and family. Please know I will be there with you in spirit Saturday. I loved going to visit at your parents home and will forever treasure the kindness and hospitality they offered everyone. Your fathers smile and twinkling eyes will forever live on, for clearly he gave that gift to you. Perhaps gone from sight but forever in the heart Love, Sarah
Sarah Watkin Sarah Watkin Dear Mo and family. Please know I will be there with you in spirit Saturday. I loved going to visit at your parents home and will forever treasure the kindness and hospitality they offered everyone. Your fathers smile and twinkling eyes will forever live on, for clearly he gave that gift to you. Perhaps gone from sight but forever in the heart Love, Sarah
John CameronMaureen, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. . The family will have many pleasant memories to share for years to come. My thoughts go out to you and rest of his lovely family.
Joanne and Piet SchoenmakerOur deepest condolences to your families with the passing of your father, Opa and great Opa. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. He will be fondly remembered by our family and the many times we spent together as families growing up. Rest in Peace. The Vangoor families
Peter & Kim VanWiechenTony, Mike, Jerry and Maureen, The VanWiechen family was saddened to hear of the passing of your father, Mies. Yesterday, myself (Peter) and John were visiting at our brother Tony's home in Burlington with our wives. We discussed how close our families were when we were very young boys. We have so many fond memories of the hospitality received from your parents on our visits. Your father always displayed a welcoming spirit and showed interest in whatever it was that we were into at the time. I do remember the many visits they made to our home as well, with good times shared around the card table with our Mom and Dad, while we played various games ourselves. Please know that your father is in our thoughts and prayers. Please pass on our condolences to the rest of your family and especially for your mother. God bless all of you, take care, Peter and Kim VanWiechen
John Van WiechenCondolences to Sjaan and family, I was saddened to hear of Mies's passing. He was a very close friend of my mom and dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
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