625 North Road
Coquitlam, BC V3J 1P2
Phone: (604) 936-9987
Fax: (604) 936-6912
Email: info@burquitlamfuneralhome.ca
815 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C5
Phone: 604-936-9987
Fax: 604-468-2575

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Francisca Wouters

Francisca Wouters

Friday, October 20th, 1933 Friday, April 24th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Francisca Theresia Wouters (Zantkuijl)

It is with great sadness we announce the gentle passing of our mother, Francisca (Cisca) Wouters after an 11 year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Along with Alzheimer’s disease, Mom endured four joint replacements as a result of her severe arthritis: two hips, one knee and one shoulder. Many of her grandchildren nicknamed her “Bionic Oma!” And that she was ~ strong, determined, loving and kind ~ all at the same time.

Mom was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands during the Great Depression. She was the youngest of 12 children and was truly cherished by her parents and siblings. A strong and determined Zantkuijl family, they all survived World War II.

After the war, Mom embarked on a career as a Kindergarten teacher. Shortly after that, she met the love of her life, Richard. They married on August 4th, 1955. In 1958, Mom and Dad made the very difficult but brave decision to immigrate to Canada to provide the best possible life for their two young children. While in Canada, three more children came along, creating a vibrant and busy household. While life was not always easy as an immigrant family, there are so many wonderful memories as well. We feel so blessed and grateful to be Canadian citizens with a Dutch heritage. What a beautiful legacy our parents left us.

Mom is predeceased by her husband Richard, daughter, Angela, son Jeff, her parents, and 10 of her siblings.
She is survived by her remaining children, Rick (Laureen,) Patricia (Dan,) Jacqueline, 11 grandchildren: Brandy, Jennifer, Shaela, Carly, Tyler, Sean, Adam, Chelsea, Scott, Conner, Quinlan; and 7 great grandchildren Landon, Elliot, Lucy, Ella, Alexander, Charlie and Emily. She is also survived by her big brother, Jo, her only surviving Zantkuijl sibling, who expresses: Lief zusje tot weerziens, je broer Jo , which means: Sweet little sister, until we meet again, your brother Jo.

We are eternally grateful for the incredible love, care and respect Mom received as a resident of The New Vista Society Care Home over the last 8 years. Thank you so much for all you did for her. What a blessing you are!

Funeral Details:
Prayers and Viewing
11:00 a.m. Friday, May 1st at St Michaels’ Roman Catholic Church
Jeff’s ashes will be interned in Mom’s casket at this time

Mass of Christian Burial
11:30 am. Friday May 1st – Celebrant Monsignor Bernard Rossi
At St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church
Internment
1:00 p.m. Friday May 1st - Robinson Memorial Park

In lieu of flowers, a donation to The New Vista Care Society toward their music therapy program would be greatly appreciated:
New Vista Care Society
Administration Office
7550 Rosewood Street
Burnaby, BC V5E 3Z3

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  • Service

    Friday, May 1st, 2020 | 11:30am
    Saint Michael's Catholic Church
    9387 Holmes St.
    BURNABY, BC
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    Friday, May 1st, 2020
    11:30am
    Viewing 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 1st at St Michaels’ Roman Catholic Church Jeff’s ashes will be interned in Mom’s casket at this time
    Officiant
    Monsignor Bernard Rossi
  • Interment

    Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery
    621 Robinson St.
    COQUITLAM, BC
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    1:00 p.m. Friday May 1st - Robinson Memorial Park

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Chelsea Pekeski

I First Met Francisca when I was 15 years old. Her Daughter Patricia was marrying my dad that year. And Francisca welcomed me with open arms! . She said now I'm your Oma! And gave me a hug!. families were blending together and I was so happy to gain another Grandma(Oma) and another Mom(step mom). I always felt so much love and acceptance which made my heart so full!. Will Miss Francisca a lot!. But now heaven has gained another Angel!.
Love Chelsea Pekeski.
Comment | Posted at 02:07pm via Condolence
JH

Jacqueline Wouters Huff

Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories Chelsea.
Posted at 01:46pm
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Ria Houtappels riadelangen@hotmail.com :.

Lieve neef en nichtjes in Canada
Ik wil jullie heel veel sterkte wensen nu jullie mam overleden is
Ik hoop dat jullie veel liefs ervaren van veel mensen
Van mij in ieder geval een knuffel
Groeten van mijn man Willem en zoon Frank ,zijn vriendin Sanne
Ria (oudste dochter van tante Jo en Oom Albert
Comment | Posted at 10:37am via Condolence
JH

Jacqueline Wouters Huff

Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words Ria, Willem and Frank.
Posted at 01:48pm
JH

Jacqueline Wouters Huff

And Sanne too!
Posted at 01:50pm
LZ

Leo Zantkuijl

Dear, dear Cisca, always in our hearts!
Leo&Betsy❤
Comment | Posted at 03:36pm via Condolence
JH

Jacqueline Wouters Huff

Thank you Leo and Betsy.
Posted at 01:48pm
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