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Obituary for Jean Van Berkel

Adriana Maria (Jean) Van Berkel
May 14, 1930 – August 20,2020

It is with sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of Adriana Maria (Jean) Van Berkel (nee Kools). She passed peacefully Thursday August 20, 2020 at Victoria General Hospital.
Jean was born May 14, 1930 in Tilburg, the Netherlands where she lived with her family and helped out in the family pub. In 1954 she married her sweetheart Matheus Van Berkel and they immigrated to Canada. They began their life together in a small home in Prairie Grove, MB. They worked hard and eventually saved enough to buy their own home on Glenview Street in St. Vital. They were blessed with two boys, Robert and Timothy who brought joy to her life. Jean loved cooking and sewing for her family. Her greatest joy was in taking care of the people she loved. In 1980 the family moved together to a new home and hobby farm in Dufresne where they lived for 20 years. Jean loved children and was overjoyed to also be blessed with four grandchildren who she loved to spoil. In the year 2000 Matt and Jean decided to give up the country life and retire back to St. Vital where Jean could be close to the stores and sales that she loved so much.
Jean was predeceased by her parents Louis and Elisabeth Kools, her two brothers Casey and Harry and her sisters Diane, Joanne and Ria. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 66 years Matheus, her sons Robert (Claudette) and Timothy (Carmen), by her four grandchildren Dustin, Danielle, Ashley and Ryan, her sisters-in-law Tina Wolfs and Cory Wouters, many nieces and nephews as well as many great friends and neighbors they made during their life in Canada.
We would like to thank the staff at the Victoria Hospital for their wonderful care and support. A private service will be held for the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
E.J.Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors