ANNA LENA RIKKELMAN
Anna passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on November 24, 2018. She was the eldest daughter born to Marinus Groenewege and Lena van de Waal on February 21, 1918 in St. Annaland, the Netherlands.
She is survived by her three children, Janna Murray, Ann Worth (Ray) and Jan Rikkelman (Judy), as well as her three sisters Leni, Jeanette, and Riet and families in the Netherlands. She will always be lovingly remembered by her seven grandchildren, Jason, Garrett, Andrea, Susan, Allison, Corinne and Matthew and her 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her her son Peter (1985), husband Jan (1988), and granddaughter Angie Worth (2014). She survived the Second World War in the Netherlands and moved to Canada with her family in 1955. She remained proud of her Dutch heritage. A long-time supporter of the University of Winnipeg, she received her BA degree proudly at the age of 72.
She worked at St. Boniface Hospital and the Winnipeg Clinic and was a pioneer for women’s rights and equal pay. Anna loved to talk. Whether speaking at an organized event at the U of W or talking to her grandchildren, Anna could easily argue about the value of a loaf of stale bread, the Winnipeg Jets, industrial hemp or the environmental impact of the Manitoba pork industry. She had a passion for reading, gardening, travel, dancing, music, and staying active and fit. Oma’s determination to eat ALL of the applesauce at family functions are still a source of laughter today. Her house was a museum and library for all to enjoy.
Her struggle with dementia could be quite challenging for the staff of Actionmarguerite but they always responded with attentiveness and compassion. We can never thank them enough for their love, dedication, and hard work.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Actionmarguerite or a charity of your choice.
Private service will be held at a later date.
“Keep up the good spirits”
E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS