Biersteker; Maria. Maria passed away on March 2, 2014 at the age of 85 in Chilliwack, BC, surrounded by her children. She was born on February 18, 1929 in Hilversum, Holland, where she lived with her parents and was a seamstress until she immigrated to Canada in 1957 to meet her future husband. Mom and Dad were married in June 1959. They resided in Langley until they moved to their dairy farm in Sardis. She was very active in supporting her children’s and grandchildren’s activities. Mom loved to garden, knit and do a variety of other arts and crafts. She also enjoyed singing in various choirs. She is survived by her children Case, Lenneke (Allan) Bowles, Dave (Kara) and Gerald as well as her grandchildren Joshua, Evan and Dawson. She is also survived by her sisters Ans, Nel, Nanda, Thea and Agnes as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Wilhelmus and Wilhelmina Spit, her husband Cornelius, and her siblings Jack, Wim, Jan, Gertie and Grada,

Prayer services will be held Monday March 17, 2014 at St. Mary’s Church at 7:00 pm. Funeral mass will be held Tuesday March 18, 2014 at St. Mary’s Church at 10:00 am. Burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery with a reception at St. Mary’s Church multi-purpose room. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Henderson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 604-792-1344. On line

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