Sterkenburg; Maria

1936 – 2015

With sorrow we announce the passing away, out of this life, of Maria (Riet) Sterkenburg (nee Benschop), beloved wife, mother, Oma and great-Oma, on April 3, 2015 at the age of 78 years. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Theo; her children John (Jane) Sterkenburg, Lena Sterkenburg and Ron (Monique) Sterkenburg; 16 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and her brother Wim (Lenie) Benschop from the Netherlands. Maria was predeceased by her son, Rick Sterkenburg in 2008. Maria Benschop was born in Well, Limburg in the Netherlands on June 12, 1936. She followed her fiancé, Theo Sterkenburg, to Canada in 1956. They were married on June 1, 1956. After living in Surrey for 7 years, Maria and Theo moved to the Chilliwack area, where they have resided since. We have many fond memories, especially of her gracious hospitality. We would like to express our appreciation to the staff at Glenwood Care Home in Agassiz for the exceptional care and kindness shown to Maria during the time she spent there.

The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:00 am at Bethel NRC Church, 8920 Broadway Street, Chilliwack; Rev. P. Van Ruitenburg officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to Timothy Christian School would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered at

Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home

45865 Hocking Ave, Chilliwack BC V2P 1B5, 604-793-4555

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