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Obituary - Wilhelmina van den Elzen

Wilhelmina van den Elzen

1926 - 2022

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - van den Elzen(2022) "Minnie"

Wilhelmina ‘Minnie’ Christina van den Elzen, bleoved wife of the late John van den Elzen, passed away at the Provost Long Term Care Centre on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at the age of 95 years. Left to cherish Minnie’s memory are her daughter, Lorraine; son, Johnny (Eleanor and her children); granddaughter, Jennifer; one sister; John’s siblings as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Minnie was born on November 6, 1926, in Zeeland, North Brabandt, Holland to proud parents, Wilhelm and Christina Peters. She married Johannes ‘John’ on March 23, 1954, and they immigrated to Halifax shortly thereafter. They then took a train to Raymond, AB., where they were sponsored. About a year after that, they moved to Warner where their daughter, Lorraine was born in 1956 and their son, Johnny was born in 1959. In 1961, John got a job in Lethbridge as a hired hand and in 1964, he rented a farm north of Bow Island where he farmed until 1972. After John passed away in 2012, Minnie remained on the farm for six years and then moved to Provost in 2018, to be closer to her family. Minnie will be remembered for her kindness and her hospitality as she always invited friends into her spotless, clean house that she took so much pride in. A Graveside Service will be held at the Bow Island Cemetery on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Murray Jaster officiating. A time of fellowship will follow at the Golden Age Club in Bow Island. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Minnie's name may be made directly to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, c/o of the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 - 5 Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6.


  1. Rose Gechter:
    Sep 21, 2022 at 08:47 PM

    My sympathy goes out to Minnie's family. Minnie, was a dear friend of mine , we sure had our laughs & chats together. Her & I had met on the CB radio. She was a kind loving lady, plus a hard worker, had everything very nice & neat, inside & outside. Rest in peace my dear friend..
    Rose Gechter..

  2. Mary & Robert Schlachter:
    Sep 22, 2022 at 07:33 AM

    Lorraine and John,
    Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Please accept our condolences. We have many memories of great laughs with your parents. Long well lived life.

  3. John & Bernie Van Ham:
    Sep 22, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Our sincere sympathy to Minnie’s family. Being neighbour’s of your parents we enjoyed visits with them.
    Your Mom was always smiling, pleasant and so accommodating. She loved their farm. May your many good memories bring you comfort.

  4. Chris Bastiaansen:
    Sep 23, 2022 at 01:46 PM

    My most sincere condolences to Minnie's family. She and John were great neighbours and friends. May you find comfort in all your memories.
    Hugs, Chris

  5. Brian Kerner:
    Sep 24, 2022 at 01:44 PM

    John and Lorraine, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a wonderful lady. You have my deepest sympathies.

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