Catharina Johanna Maria Bouwmeester 1927 — 2020

Catharina Johanna Maria Bouwmeester

Catharina Johanna Maria Bouwmeester, age 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep February 17, 2020. She was born March 16, 1927 in Aalsmeer, Netherlands to Jacobus Petrus Schijf and Barbara Cornelia Schijf (nee vanGeijlswijk). She married her longtime friend and love, Nicolaas Bouwmeester, on March 28, 1951 who preceded her in death in 2002.

Catharina and Nicolaas came to Canada with their two eldest children on the Groote Beer and landed in Halifax in 1954. They started their life in Canada in Picture Butte Alberta followed by Stavely, Raymond, Kamloops BC and finally settling in Monte Lake in 1966.

Family was very important to her. After years spent raising her own children, she was always happy to care for her many grandchildren as well.

Catharina was a very skilled seamstress and sewed many wedding gowns for friends and relatives. She also sewed or knitted nearly all her own children’s clothes while they were young. 

Catharina is survived by eight children and their spouses Pete and Denise Bouwmeester, Jack Bouwmeester, Engel and Audrey Bouwmeester, Barb Christoff, MaryAnn and Bruce Hyslop, Cathy and Graham Clarke, Ted and Lynn Bouwmeester, Elisabeth Harmon; her grandchildren Raquel, Caroline, Nikita, Corissa, Nicholas, Desiree, Michael, Faith, Hope, Jimmy, Rhonda, Peggy, Dustin, Joshua, Idrina, Melissa, Lisa and Cody; her great grandchildren Keenan, Kolbie, Corbin, Hudson, Claire, Allison, Harvey, Logan, James, Logan, Peyton, Declan, Harper, Elliott, Benjamin, Owen, Keplar, Grace and Lexus; her siblings Niek, Cor, Wim, and Co Schijf.

She was predeceased by her son Nicky Bouwmeester in 1961. Prayers will be recited Monday February 24th at 7:00 pm in the Holy Family Parish, 2797 Sunset Dr. Kamloops. Funeral Mass on Tuesday February 25th at 10:00 am with Father Fred Weisbeck Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charity of your choice.

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  1. Chris Y & Mark S
    Posted February 25, 2020 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to Ted & family.

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