1929 ~ Margaret Jansen ~ 2020
Margaret Maria Jansen of Medicine Hat, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the age of 91 years, beloved wife of the late Godefridus “Frey” Jansen. Sad at her passing but grateful for a life so well lived are her two sons and four grandchildren, Marco Jansen (Michele Winger), his children Brianna and Lucas, and Jeffrey Jansen (Isabel Bernete), and her children Morgan and Brooklyn; Brianna and Lucas’ mother Gail (Mike) Kesslar; one sister Martha Liesting as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Margaretha and Jan van Gent; her husband Frey in 1988; three brothers, Wim, Nico and Jan van Gent; three sisters, Jannie Naayen, Lenie Mulder and Nellie Feteris.
She lived a life of happiness and gratitude even though she lived through the occupation of The Netherlands during WWII, contracting tuberculosis near the end of the war, and defied the doctors’ expectations of her chance of survival. She remained grateful for the service and sacrifice of the Canadian soldiers that liberated her, throughout her entire life.
She married Frey in 1965 and when he was offered a promotion and transfer to his choice of Kenya, the US, or Canada in 1967, they chose Canada. She crossed the Atlantic by ship with her infant son, Marco, and their dog, while Frey flew ahead to prepare their new home.
Eventually settling in Edmonton, where Jeffrey was born, she created a life of joy, gratitude, and caring that touched everyone she came in contact with.
After retirement, she moved to Medicine Hat to be closer to Brianna and Lucas, where she quickly became “Oma” (Dutch for Grandmother) to everyone around her. She continued to spread happiness everywhere she went, especially when she moved to Meadowlands. The staff there quickly fell in love with her, and she with them. She welcomed them into her suite like family, and always had time for a chat, a song, or to give them a piece of chocolate.
It was during this time that she befriended Sue, who at the time was the nurse at her physician’s office, and her husband Ray. The two became exceptionally close friends, and Margaret would often refer to Sue as her soulmate. Margaret knew she could always rely on Sue to be there for her.
She would have loved to stay with her “family” at Meadowlands, but when her care needs quickly increased, she needed to be moved to St Joeseph’s/Carmel Hospice. Once there it only took about 30 minutes before one of the unit staff told another, “If you need cheering up, visit Margaret.”
Both facilities treated her with the utmost care and love that her entire family will be forever grateful for, right up to the moment of her peaceful passing as she slept.
The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant, David Townsend. Family and Friends are invited to remotely attend any public funeral service at our facility through live streaming on our Facebook page - Pattison Funeral Home and Crematorium.
Those who wish to remember Margaret with a donation, may do so to the Red Cross. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Margaret Jansen.