Isabella (Els) Maria Henrica BLOKZYL

On May 10, 2012 our beloved sister, wife, aunt, mom, grandma, and great-grandma, Isabella (Els) Maria Henrica Blokzyl (nee Vriens) passed into the arms of her Lord surrounded by family.

Born March 26, 1926 in Vlaardingen, Netherlands, Mom was predeceased by her brother, Gerardus. She is survived by her husband Hendrik (Hank), her beloved children Eric (Renee), Joyce (Chris), Susan (Richard), Pieter (Barb), and Robert (Tara) as well as her adored 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 8 brothers and sisters, as well as many nieces and nephews in Holland, Belgium, and Canada.

Mom’s greatest joy was her family, and she took great pride in every moment she had raising her children. Mom was devoted to her faith and was always willing to help anyone. She had a passionate love of sports and games especially carpet bowling and golf which she had to give up in the last year due to her health. Mom was a talented knitter, a wonderful cook and loved an afternoon at the casino. She was always ready to join in any adventure.

The family would like to thank Dr. Robin Wilson and the staff of 4SouthCentral and 2South at Langley Memorial Hospital for their care of Mom over the past months.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday May 16, 2012 10:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 8909 Mary Street, Chilliwack, BC. Burial to follow. We miss her dearly and shall hold her in our hearts forever.