Elizabeth (Liz) Johanna Biemans peacefully went to be with the Lord on Saturday September 8, 2018 at the wonderful age of 90 years at Riverview Care Center. She was the beloved and devoted wife of the late Peter Biemans. She leaves to cherish her memory three sons, Ken (Marlene) of Seven Persons (children Curtis and Alexander (Melissa); Roger (Lynda) of CastleRock, Colorado (children Danielle and Janessa (Cody); Mario (Sonia) of Seven Persons (children Matthew and Kyra); one daughter-in-law, Janet of Seven Persons (children Trevor and Traci (Brandon); three brothers, Rom (Nel) of Holland, Jan (Dina) of Holland, Ken (Rita) of Medicine Hat; two sisters, Mien Veschuren of Holland, Nel Leyten of Holland, also numerous nieces and nephews. Liz was predeceased by her parents Petrus and Johanna Graumans; her husband Peter Biemans; one granddaughter Christina; one son Peter Biemans; her brother Jos Graumans; and her sister Johanna Bartels. Liz was born on December 24, 1927, in Etten Leure, Holland. She was the second of eight children to be born into her farming family. In Liz’s early twenties she caught the attention of a handsome dreamer man from a nearby town. He was a restless soul that talked of little else than the fantastic life that they could have together if they moved to Canada to farm. While she found him unspeakably charming she was skeptical enough to say ”go check it out and I will wait for you”. He did indeed return after a couple years more excited about Canada than ever and asked Liz to marry him. In 1954, she married her life partner Peter Biemans and set off for Canada. It was when Mom and Dad got off the train in Lethbridge that they knew that their dreams were going to come true in this great new land. About nine months after the boat and train ride in 1955 their son Ken was born, and Peter Jr. in 1956. They wanted to be their own bosses so they got hold of some likely not very good land to rent near Lethbridge. Mom and Dad learned quickly that farming didn’t always go smoothly. Later, Mom upon reflection on how trying it was at the beginning, would comment that with nowhere to go but up for the first quite a few years, it just seemed normal to have no money. They would persevere off the faith that things would someday fall into place. What helped a lot, they did make friends who were doing exactly the same thing and with mutual hope they would keep pressing forward. Mom took jobs cooking and doing housework, and Dad would work in the coal mines. In 1960, Mom and Dad and the boys left for Seven Persons where government land was available for sale to new farmers on reasonable terms. They had qualified under the program and were now the owners of their very own farm (no buildings, no electricity, just land), but exciting just the same. A tractor that barely ran, 2 milk cows, a few pigs and chickens, and some corral lumber is what they arrived with. Armed with what the school of hard knocks started to teach them the first few years about the virtue of hard work, overcoming obstacles, they soon recognized the thrill and the gratefulness of true achievement and it became their driving force. Mom and Dad were the perfect team; perhaps most importantly Mom with her unswerving faith and confidence in Dad; and Dad with the guts to stick his neck out when it just felt right. Right away in the Seven Persons adventure in 1960, Roger was born, and soon after in 1963, Mario was born. Mom and Dad made many good friends while at Seven Persons all of whom they had tremendous respect for and shared lots of fun times with. During this time Mom and Dad also stayed very well connected to friends and relatives who came to southern Alberta in the same manner as they did. It was never ending birthday parties or seemingly never ending church parking lot visits. Once Mom and Dad got on their feet, they agreed the world was bigger than Seven Persons and they wanted to see some of it. For a few years they would just travel to places purely to see what they were like. As retirement got closer, Mom and Dad were more interested in escaping our winters by traveling to their place in Arizona to relax and play golf. By now their home was in Medicine Hat. They were so content with how things had turned out for them. Grandchildren came into the picture adding incredibly to the sense of satisfaction and a job well done. Life took a new turn for Mom when Dad passed away in 1999. She developed stronger passions for visiting friends, Holy Family Church, gardening, walking, swimming, playing cards, bargain hunting, jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, flower gazing, knitting baby toques all helping to stay engaged now that she had more time for herself. That solace of solitude didn’t last long as she fell in with three ladies in a similar situation to her, who collectively and affectionately became the Saturday Evening Holy Family Church Ladies. While their faithfulness to God and to Holy Family Church was the focal point for their acquaintance, they truly became very good friends and did lots of socializing together, and traveling, and who knows what else. Those ladies were so precious to her. Inspirational is a word fitting of Mom’s effect on her family. She relayed so quietly but succinctly to her children what it means to truly be grateful for the opportunity of living a rewarding life, and how what you believe is what is going to become real. This is on top of being a caring, supportive, loving, and all around wonderful Mom. What many of those around her might think of right off the bat to describe Liz is her incredibly captivating smile. As time went by, Mom’s health started slowing her down, she would often reflect “I can’t believe I have lived so long, I know I am living a wonderful life”. Perhaps on account of her tenacious independence she would not complain but instead embraced the fact that she was getting on in years. When her independence was not enough to carry the day, she was then gracious enough to let others help. Her family is very grateful for the dedicated care provided to Liz by the health aids, nurses, physiotherapists, and doctors involved in her recent care. Finally, Thank You so much to all the beautiful people in Mom’s life adventure, her relatives, her friends, her neighbors, everybody!
Family and friends who wish to pay their respects may do so at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 9:30 - 10:25 a.m. Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in the Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1B 4V3 on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6 or online at www.myhealthfoundation.ca . To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Liz Biemans.