Gerbrigje (Gaye) VanderWoude

Gerbrigje (Gaye) VanderWoude of Chatham, passed peacefully on Saturday April 20, 2019 at Riverview Gardens. Gaye has been released from her earthly struggles and gone to her Eternal Home where she is singing with the angels. Born on September 6, 1931 in Hommerts, Friesland (The Netherlands) daughter of Nanne DeBoer and Antje DeBoer-Tiersma. Wife of the late Mink (Mike) VanderWoude (2013). Mother of the late Annette (2003), Jenny (Ray) Wolting, Frank (Mona) Vanderwoude, and Michael (Tracy) Vanderwoude. Beppe to Greg (Ashley) Wolting, Alicia (Richard) Kralt, Jessica Wolting, Corey Wolting, David (Rachel) Vanderwoude, Darryl Vanderwoude (friend Klaudia Nowak), Holly Vanderwoude (fiancé Eric Maier) and Kayla Powell. Great-Grandmother to Hunter, Owen and Jace Wolting and Amelia, Roslyn and Logan Kralt. Also survived by her sisters Annie and Geeke, predeceased by her siblings Thewis, Pier, Henk, Pieter, Peet, Meije, Hilly and Nanne. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society of Chatham Kent or the Chatham Kent Hospice.

Private Family Service and Interment. 

 Gaye’s family would like to invite friends to attend a Time of Gathering and Fellowship on Saturday, April 27 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM at the First Christian Reformed Church, 25 Tweedsmuir Ave. W., Chatham (Fellowship Hall), where we would love to meet you and share memories of our Mother and Beppe’s life.

26 Comments on “Gerbrigje (Gaye) VanderWoude”

    1. Thank you so much Rudy and Angela. We all walk a difficult road sometimes but we can rejoice that there will be a Glorious Reunion. Thanks for caring.

  1. Sympathies and prayers for you all from Belize. I can only imagine what it must be like to celebrate Easter in heaven!

    1. Thank you Theresa. Yes, Easter in heaven is going to be wonderful. Easter Sunday on earth was pretty wonderful too. Being surrounded by a community of love is amazing. (Missed you at choir last week.) Thanks for taking the time to write a note.

  2. Jen,
    My condolences to all of Gaye’s family.
    No words can take away the pain, but, the good memories will always put a smile in your heart.
    Like a glow of a candle ….may your memories light your path and warm your heart in all your days to come ……She will be sadly missed….and my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God wrap His arms around Gaye’s family and friends now and in the days ahead.
    Denise Tremblay
    Eden Villa

    1. Hi Denise. Thank you for your kind words about our Mom. When she was at Eden Villa, she loved having her hair done by you. You were the best – always keeping Mom looking beautiful. Thanks again and love from our families.

  3. My sympathies to each of you as you mourn her loss. I was difficult in the last stages of her life, but may the memories you have stored in your hearts give you comfort & assurance. May God’s loving arms surround each of you.

    1. Dear Joyce. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a note and to visit with us this past Saturday. You have walked a similar road with your own Mom. Our family so appreciated your love shown to Mom by picking her up for church on a regular basis. Blessings to you.

  4. So sorry to hear your dear mom and Beppe past away, she was a very special friend,and i Will tressure the memories .Our sincere condolences to you all.She is set free, and is with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    1. Dear Meika and Ron. Thank you. Oh, how she loved you too!! I had tried to call you last week but understand you are no longer in Chatham. (Hope your move went well.) We know how much you cared about Mom, taking the time to visit her, even when it was hard. Yes, she absolutely loved the Lord and has been set free. With love, Jenny, Frank and Michael.

    1. Hi Josiena. How sweet of you to take the time to write. It mean a lot to our family to know that people care. Blessings to you from the Vanderwoude families.

  5. Remembering you in prayer at this time of earthly loss. As you miss her may you also be comforted that Jesus has her, and you will hug each other again.

    1. Hi Jan. How nice to hear from you, even under difficult circumstances. You have walked a tough road too. Thank you for thinking about us and lifting our family up in prayer. Definitely Jesus has her – and YES, we will hug again one day. Take care. The Vanderwoude Family.

  6. My deepest condolences to you all. You were blessed to have such a wonderful mom and Beppe. May the memories of her be forever in your hearts. May God’s love surround you in a special way in the days and weeks to come.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words about our Mom and Beppe. She will be missed for sure but we rejoice that Mom is safe in the arm of Jesus and we will see her again one day.

  7. Dear Vanderwoude Family

    May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.
    I shall remember her fondly from the time spent together with Annette, in our youth. And, also again over shared conversations with her when she resided at South Chatham Village.


    Diana Trudell ( Wilderdyk )

    1. Hi Diana. Thank you for your kind words. I do remember bumping into you occasionally at SCV and enjoyed the little chats too. Ah, the days of youth, so long ago. I appreciate that you remembered my mom and took the time to write but also remembering my sister. Blessings to you.

  8. Dear Family I remember your parents and the family
    I remember babysitting some of you, long time ago lol
    We lived close by each other than
    So Glad she is with The Lord now

    1. Wilma, I remember you too! And yes, you did baby sit us. Your house was just a few houses further than ours on McNaughton and in fact my brother Frank and I used to deliver newspapers there. Thank you for taking the time to write. The Vanderwoude family.

  9. Pier de Boer Family.

    Dear van der Wouda Family.

    Our deepest condolences to all of you during this times of grief. We hope that the good memorys of her wil take over the sad times of her death.

    Our warm greetings,

    Nanne and Godelieve, Tietsje and Tsjerk, Sjirk(past away) and Margreet, Annie and Yke and Geke and Jan.

    1. Lieve Nanne and familie. Thank you for sending love from Holland. My Mom always missed her family there. It was hard for us to imagine that we had so many Aunt and Uncles and cousins that we did not know (and a lot of them named “Nanne”). Mom used to say “Nanne from Pier”, or “Nanne from Peet” or “Nanne-Piet from Nanne”. Please forgive me if I cannot remember all of you. The last years of Mom’s life were difficult, but we know that we will see her again on day in Heaven. With love from Jenny, Frank and Michael.

  10. Dear family in Canada
    Our condoleances with the loss of your mother and grandmother, for us ‘tante Gerrie’.
    We remember her as a joyful and warm and attentive woman.
    That the memories to your mother will comfort you. She now is sheltered in Gods love.

    warm greeting from Corrie en Nanne de Boer, Grijpskerk, The Netherlands; [email protected]

    1. Hi Nanne and Corrie. Thank you for your kind words and memories of our mother. She loved her family here in Canada but always missed her family in Holland. Thank you for thinking of us. Love from Jenny, Frank and Michael.

  11. Dear VanderWoude family;
    Sorry to hear that your mother passed away. We’re sure she is now in glory! We are saddened that we could not attend her funeral, ( since we were out of town)
    Your family has meant much to us. We have nothing but fond memories of your family! May you all continue to be
    comforted by our Heavenly Father!
    Love, Fred & Pat

    1. Hi Pat and Fred. Yes, absolutely Mom is in Glory and we know we will meet again in Heaven. You both have been such a big part of my Mom and Dad’s lives and I know they both were very fond of you . Oh, the stories you probably could tell! Thank you so much for taking the time to send a note. Jenny, Frank and Michael

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