Adriana (Adrie) Maria

van Dongen

Apr 2,1921-Apr 14,2006

Adriana died peacefully just 2 weeks after her 85th birthday with family

present at Menno Hospital in Abbotsford after a long battle with Parkinson

disease. This amazing Mom, Oma and Great Oma will be missed by her beloved

husband of 57 years, Quirinus and their seven children; John (Karen), Casey

(Marilyn), Eddy (Judy), Jack (Ellie), Gary (Henny), Jim (Betty) and MaryAnn

(Jim Hessels). Also missing her will be their 33 grandchildren and 11 great

grandchildren. In addition, she leaves behind her brother Adrian (Nellie)

Prinse of Chilliwack, her sisters Riet, Sister Amadea, Cor, Toos, Willie and

brother Gerrit in Holland. She will be remembered by many other relatives

and friends in both Canada and Holland. Adriana was born April 2, 1921, the

second of 8 children of Cornelius (Kees) and Jacomina Prinse in Made, North

Brabant in Holland. She grew up on a farm preferring to milk the cows and

work in the fields. Adrianna first met Quirinus by throwing rocks at his

horse when she was 15. While dating, they enjoyed skating on the canal. They

married on February 3, 1949, setting sail for the promised land of Canada 3

months later. She started working as a champion potato picker in Richmond.

Their hard work allowed them to buy their first farm in Pitt Meadows in

1952. In 1964 they moved to a farm on 112 Street in Delta, which is

presently considered the home farm. Improving this acreage harnessed the

energy of their 7 children. Adrianna was a tireless worker, milking cows

almost every day until she semi-retired in 1986 to the Aldergrove/Abbotsford

area. She loved to travel, play cards, dance and party, especially

celebrating anniversaries. Adrianna had a strong faith and was always active

in her church, being a Catholic Women’s League member for over 40 years.

Prayers will be held Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 7:30 PM at St. Ann’s

Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Avenue Abbotsford B.C. Mass of Christian

Burial and a celebration of her life will be held on Friday, April 21, 2006

at 10:00 AM followed by a reception in the St. Ann’s church hall. Interment

at the Gardens of Gethsemani. The family thanks the staff at Menno Hospital

for their loving care through the 3 1/2 years and a special thank you to all

those who visited her. In lieu of flowers, donations in Adrianna’s name

would be appreciated to the Parkinson Society of B.C. 890 W. Pender St.

Vancouver B.C. V6J 1J9 or Menno Hospital, 32945 Marshall Road, Abbotsford

B.C. V2S 1K1. Arrangements in care of McLean’s Funeral Services Ltd.


(604) 847 – 3477

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