VERVENNE, Maria - Peacefully on Saturday, December 24, 2016 in Palliative Care at Victoria Hospital, Maria Margaretha Vervenne, nee Braak, of London in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Bart (2003). Loving mother of Maria and her husband David Beadle of London and Bert and his wife Faye of Milton. Proud Oma of Mike (Lynda), Mark (Stephanie), Steven (Jamie), Janet (Mike), Karen (Etienne) and great-grandmother of Dallas, Sarah, Emily, Emma, Adam, Joe, Liam, Finley, Kassidy, Loralei, Maverick, Mateo, Malcolm and Maxwell. Also remembered by sister Lenie, sister-in-law Jannie, and her nieces and nephews in the Netherlands. Maria was a well respected volunteer for over 10 years at Hamilton Road Seniors’ Centre.
Visitation on Thursday, December 29 from 2-4 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. Memorial contributions to the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Institute (care of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation) would be appreciated.
An article About Maria Vervenne, from
London and Area Association for Volunteer Administration
PART OF THE TEAM
Even though her health practitioner wants her to ‘slow down’, there’s no stopping Maria Vervenne’s love of volunteering at Hamilton Road Seniors’ Centre and Community Centre. At 89 years old, volunteering for the last 12 years has made Maria a true member of the staff team.
Maria was introduced to the City’s Seniors’ Centres 15 years ago through two of her friends, and noted that volunteering at the Centre makes her feel more connected. As a stay at home mom, she immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1952 at the age of 27. While in Holland, in the early-mid 60’s, Maria recalls the need to ration food. To assist feeding her family, Maria peeled 2 bags of potatoes, in exchange for $2 per day, for the local army. It was a clear job choice for her, with her love of cooking, combined with the love of her 2 children and husband; she wanted to do her part.
Even though she does not live in the immediate neighbourhood, each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Maria can be found in the Hamilton Road kitchen, where she still regularly peels potatoes and cuts vegetables, or makes tea, coffee and sandwiches for various recreation groups or for special events. Why does she do it? Simply stated, “I like to help people", she said.
Thank you, Maria, for your years of service and dedication to the Hamilton Road Seniors’ Centre and Community Centre.
Written by Tracy Drenth, Supervisor
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