With her family all around her, Eike passed from this world to a life everlasting in Christ. She was 90 years old. Eike was predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Frederika Vander Beek, by her siblings, Hilje, Albert, Thea, Alice and Ben and her first husband Hendrik Van Ryswyk. She is survived by her husband Bert de Haan, her siblings Wilma(Ed), Annie, Arthur (Alice) and Henry, and her children Peter Van Ryswyk (Jenny), John Van Ryswyk (Alice), Nancy Van Ryswyk (Nic Panterias) and Anita Lavergne (Mike). Stepmom to Chuck (Betty), Linda (Henk), Debbie and Wanda (Murray). Ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren also will miss her and treasure the time that they had with her.
Eike was born in the Netherlands on September 4, 1933 and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1952. A short while later her guy, Henk, followed and they were married one Sunday morning during church service.
Eike spent much of her life helping and doing for others. She worked in a home for those who were mentally challenged, as well as Long Term Care homes working with seniors, and was a recognized volunteer during the 1998 ice storm. Eike and her late husband Henk, worked for a number of years with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee which had them travel to many places, volunteering to rebuild homes that were damaged as a result of tornados, hurricanes or floods. They made numerous friends along the way. Many winters saw them motoring to the south for winter in their motorhome, always making friends along the way. When the love of her life died, she was blessed with finding Bert to love and to share her life and love of travel. She has seen much of this world, from Alaska to Mexico and across the continent from the east to the west coasts of Canada and the US. She has travelled through Europe, the Caribbean, South America, and the Mediterranean, Panama, and Hawaii, always with a camera in hand.
She spent many hours in the garden and loved to keep her hands and mind busy by doing needlepoint, crochet, sewing, knitting, her “dot” art and trying to find that perfect picture to take, capturing nature at its best and videos of her travels.
She loved her family immensely. She leaves behind friends and family who will always love her, and remember her for her joy of life, her feistiness, and for the strong, brave and resilient woman that she was. Her passing leaves a profound hole in our hearts.
Memorial donations can be made to the ALS Society of Canada.
Funeral and visitation will be at the Kemptville Christian Reformed Church,
2455 County Rd 18, Kemptville, ON
Visitation: Friday, December 8th at 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. and Saturday 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Funeral: Saturday, December 9th at 11:00a.m. https://youtube.com/live/b1VaYmdhVus
Arrangements entrusted to the Byers Funeral Home, South Mountain, (613-989-3836). Online condolences can be made at www.byersfuneralhomeinc.ca