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Anne Theodora Bekker

March 2, 2024

Anne Theodora Bekker
1950 – 2024

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Anne Bekker (nee Bardoel) at St. Joseph’s Hospice in London, Ontario, on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Now reunited with her late husband, William Bekker, whom she dearly missed, Anne’s memory will be fondly remembered by her daughters, Nicole Bekker and Melissa Welsh, and her son-in-law, Ryan Welsh. A beloved Oma, her grandchildren, Sydney, Quinn, and Noah, will dearly miss her warm and nurturing presence. As the eighth of twelve children, Anne leaves behind a legacy of love and memories with her siblings: Herman (and the late Betty), Martin (and the late Coral), Truus Beerkens (Chris), Marie Smits (and the late John), the late Harry (Trudy), the late Ben, Nellie Pijls (Hans), Joe (Heidi), Jan, and Ger (Paula), along with all of her loving nieces and nephews, and the Bekker Family in Holland. Her absence will be deeply felt by all who knew her, both in Canada and Holland.

Born on January 6, 1950, in Merselo, Venray, The Netherlands, and having made Canada her home in 1971, Anne’s life was a testament to her strong love for her family and friends. There was nothing she loved more than the role of being an Oma to her grandchildren, Noah, Quinn, and Sydney. Every moment with them, as well as the times spent reminiscing with her siblings, were held close to her heart. Anne’s love for a good cup of coffee, always paired with a heartfelt chat, exemplified her warm and welcoming spirit.

Anne’s life was greatly enriched by the kidney transplant she received from her brother Martin 21 years ago, a life-altering gift that deepened her appreciation for every moment shared with loved ones. We are forever grateful to the transplant and nephrology teams for their expertise and care, and most recently, to all the nurses and PSWs on the 9th floor (Orthopedics) at University Hospital and the team at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassion and support.

A Celebration of Anne’s life will be conducted at Northview Funeral Chapel, 1490 Highbury Avenue North, London on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 11:00 a.m with visitation taking place at 10:00 a.m.

Donations to The Kidney Foundation of Canada or St. Joseph’s Hospice, London, in memory of Anne are appreciated.

Her legacy of kindness, resilience, and unwavering love for her family will forever be remembered and cherished.


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Our deepest condolences to the Bekker/Welsh families also the Bardoel families in the loss of a Mom, Sister, Sister-in-law and Oma, I will always remember her big smile. Memories are precious, and I will teasure them all. Hugs

~ Ann & Bruce Ward

Our deepest condolences over the loss of your Mom.

~ Hank & Annie Baltessen

You were truly one of a kind Mrs. B. and will be greatly missed. Your sweet nature, calming voice and perpetual kindess will never be forgotten. Sending lots of love and big hugs to Nicole & Noah, Melissa, Ryan, Sydney and Quinn. Wishing I was there with you all. Love always, Laura.

~ Laura Begin

Forever in my heart, you were truly one of a kind. Lots of love and big hug to Nicole and Melissa, Noah, Ryan, Sydney and Quinn. Love always, Laura.

~ Laura Begin

Dearest Nicole and Melissa. Our deepest sympathies to you both and all your extended families. I believe I can speak on behalf of the entire VanBoekel family; your Mom was a truly special woman. We spent a lot of time with the Bardoel family growing up and your Mom was always full of such kindness and love. She held a spirit of wanting everyone to belong and enjoy each moment! Her smile and laughter is a big part of who she was-someone who truly enjoyed life! Through all the grief, hang onto the good memories tightly! Our thoughts are with you all! the entire VanBoekel family! Pete, Chris, Bert(Shannon), Peter(Sarah), Laurie(Mark) and Diane(Kurt). ❤️Remembered Forever❤️

~ Diane Running

Nicole, Melissa and the rest of the family. I am deeply saddened and at the same time, happy, happy that she’s reuniting with Uncle Bill. From our many talks (and laughs) , I know she missed him deeply. I want to thank you for giving me the best birthday gift last weekend, talking to Tante Annie one last time filled my heart so much. She made an impact on everyone she met, her laugh was contagious and I am so very grateful to have known her. Stay strong. You are all in my thoughts and forever in my heart. Love and miss you Ana

~ Ana Cortez

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of you lovely Mom , our hearts go out to Nicole and Melissa and your families . Anna was alway a very entertaining and loving 🥰 person. She will be greatly missed . Thinking of her at this sad time ,for her Brothers and sisters whom will all miss her . So sorry we can’t make it to the wake this Wednesday. Our hearts will be there with you .❤️❤️❤️

~ Bill and Mary Stevens

A donation has been made to St Joseph’s Hospice. Message from the donator: Tante Anne was so dearly loved and will be so deeply missed!!! We feel so fortunate she received such wonderful care during her last days at Hospice.

~ Ron and Heather Bardoel

My condolences to the Bekker and Welsh families. I remember Anne as kind and gentle woman. 🙏 Praying for you all that you may know peace during this difficult time.

~ Kim Pineo ( Jordan)

Services for Anne Theodora Bekker

Visitation will be held at:
Northview Funeral Chapel
1490 Highbury Avenue North,
London, Ontario

March 6, 2024 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Celebration of Life will be held at:
Northview Funeral Chapel
1490 Highbury Avenue North,
London, Ontario

March 6, 2024 11:00 am

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The Kidney Foundation of Canada

St. Joseph's Hospice of London

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