Saturday June 13, 2020
10:00 AM
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.
In memory of
Margaret Jansen
April 27, 1929 - June 09, 2020 - Age 91

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: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Margaret Jansen.  

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Message from Michelle Gobel June 10, 2020
May you Rest In Peace Margaret
You were a Beautiful soul inside & out
Will miss you so much , you truly were the life of the party!
Our building (Meadowlands)will never be the same .. ❤️😘
Michelle Gobel
Message from Mariah Czember June 11, 2020
I know you're up there still singing and smiling Margaret. You live on here through our reminiscing and your wonderful sons and family. The parties at Meadowlands will never be the same without you! I am so grateful for having had the blessing of knowing you and being able to call you a friend.

Rest in peace, sweet Margaret.
Mariah Czember
Message from Yvonne and Wim June 12, 2020
you make heaven even better, Greetje. always cheerful and singing.
rest in peace.
Yvonne and Wim
Message from Sue &Ray John June 12, 2020
Margaret - our lives will not be the same without your company, singing, laughter and love. You were our shining star. We will miss u so much but knowing that heaven has gained a very special angel will make all the memories even sweeter. We can hear u singing now with the heavenly choir. Sleep in peace my friend. Condolences to Marco and Jeffrey and the rest of the family.
Sue &Ray John
Message from Darren Armstrong, Glenna Poch, Paola D'Alessandro, Cheryl Mandrusiak, Warren Woodcox, Mike Loncar June 12, 2020
My sympathies to you Jeffrey, and the rest of your family. A sad time to be sure, but it certainly sounds like she brought a lot joy to everyone she met.
Darren Armstrong, Glenna Poch, Paola D'Alessandro, Cheryl Mandrusiak, Warren Woodcox, Mike Loncar
Message from Annemarie Jansen June 12, 2020
Rest in peace Tante Greetje. I'll always remember you as my happy auntie from Canada. My condolences to Marco, Jeffrey and all the rest of the family.
Annemarie Jansen
Message from Patty Velcoff June 14, 2020
I adored Margaret. I felt blessed to have known her and can only aspire to live as vibrantly as she did. My thoughts and prayers go out to Marco and Jeffrey and all those that loved her.
Patty Velcoff
Message from Helen Nell Mullen June 15, 2020
There's an unbroken thread that is woven from love and it keeps family always together , for nothings
As real as the moments we've shared . They live on in our memories forever .Difficult as this time is may you find comfort in the wonderfull memories of Oma . She brought joy to us all with her fantastic sense of humour . Love and hugs to you all at this very sad time xx
Helen Nell Mullen
Message from Cathy Almond June 16, 2020
My father is at Meadowlands and so I met Margaret there. She told me many stories and I have never met anyone with such a gratitude for life. She made me feel grateful for everything as well. She really was amazing.
Cathy Almond
Message from Jamie Wallace June 28, 2020
I left Meadowlands to take care of my father in laws home quarter in 2016. I absolutely adored Margaret and her jokes about things she'd recently been through and she always made me laugh hysterically... as well as how she'd reference unmentionables.... She was a gem and it was a pure joy to be around her and that affectionate smile, offer of sweets or an after shift adult beverage... (I knew I should have taken her up on it! *LOL*) God, this one is gonna keep ya on your toes. 😉 RIP, Margaret. I'll never forget you!
Jamie Wallace
Message from Joanne September 17, 2020
I worked with Margaret for many years at Ashbrooks in Edmonton. We kept in touch after she moved to Medicine Hat.
She was always cheerful and never complained, I loved her dearly.
God Bless