VanTol (Knul), Aartje “Atie” – Passed away peacefully in her 84th year on March 26, 2019. Atie and husband Gerard emigrated from the Netherlands in 1954 through Pier 21 and settled in Milford Station.
Trained in the Netherlands as a professional seamstress, sewing and quilting were her passion, which led her to start a Kids Can Sew program that benefitted many young children in the nearby communities.
In her 65 years in Canada, Atie raised her loving family, Len (Janice), Bruce, John, Peter (Nancy), and Maurena (Rod). Atie was most proud of her grandchildren, Gillian, Leslie, Erin (Tyler), Julie (Phil), Brenna, Lauren, Kyle (Stephanie) and Luke; as well as her great-grandchildren, Colton, Sophia, Jade and Luca. Atie is survived by her brothers, Dolf, Jan and Ben. Atie was predeceased by husband, Gerard; son, John; and brother, Wim.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff at Wynn Park, especially James (her favorite buddy), for their compassion and care. Thanks are also extended to Dr. Nadour and nurses of the Emergency and ICU units in Colchester East Hants Health Centre.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. Funeral service and Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, March 31st at 3 p.m. in Faith Community Church, Milford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
The depths of sorrow we cannot tell,
Of the loss of one we loved so well;
And while she sleeps a peaceful sleep,
Her memory we shall always keep.
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