Joanna van Vloten

Joanna "Joep" van Vloten (Schiphorst)

Saturday, April 26th, 1924 - Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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Joanna (Joep to her Dutch friends and family) van Vloten, known for her radiant smile, positive attitude, dedication to family and love of people, died of natural causes on Thursday, April 16th, just ten days before her 96th birthday.

In 1963 she left her parents, eight siblings, extended family and friends to take on the adventure of emigrating from The Netherlands with her husband Ernest and son Peter to settle in Southern Ontario.

The early death of Ernest in 1988 broke her heart. Shortly after, she moved to Fergus where she has lived since.

Joanna was a real people person and made friends easily. Kind, caring and optimistic with just a bit of posh and flare. Those who met her didn’t forget her. She made friends easily. She was committed to family and especially loved her son, his wife Kris and her grandchildren Alexi and Jacob.

Her life was rich and eventful. Joanna spoke Dutch, English and French, experienced the Second World War, lived in Paris and rural Halton County and had occupations as diverse as bank clerk, art dealer and engraver. People were her favourite pastime, but she also enjoyed gardening, needlepoint, reading, the music of Julio Iglesias and tidying. She was very tidy.

She was special and we will miss her so very much. She will always be in our thoughts and close to our hearts.

Peter and Kris would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Wellington Terrace for their exceptional care during Joanna’s last few months and especially her last few days. They were amazing even while coping with Covid-19 challenges.

If you wish to make a donation, the Centre Wellington Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund
( ) or the Wellington Terrace Long Term Care Home ( ) would be wonderful and timely causes.
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    Woodlawn Memorial Park
    762 Woolwich Street
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There will be a private family graveside on Monday. A Celebration of Life reception will be held at a later date when gatherings can again be done safely.


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Harold Postma

Posted at 01:07pm
Peter, I just learned of the passing of your mom.
My condolences. I remember her during my employment at the Acton Credit union.
Very pleasant and usually brought her 2 (big) dogs in. Scaring staff and children.
Most pleasant memories a true LADY.

Lisa Grant

Posted at 09:13am
I was sad when I heard you lost Joanna. I enjoyed our visits when she lived on Ferrier street and when she first moved into Heritage River. She was full of stories about all her adventures but her favourite topic was her family. Take care.

Mary Vandermarel

Posted at 10:40pm
I knew Joanna from the retirement home. She was always a delight to be with. Her smiles were frequent and contagious. She was very well dressed and classy inside and out. My condolences to her family.

Karen Fraser

Posted at 01:44pm
Dear Peter, Kris, Lexi, and Jacob:
We were very saddened to hear of the loss of your mom and grandmother. We have many fond memories of chats and visits with Joanna.
What an interesting vivacious person she was I know she will be missed but never forgotten.
Our deepest sympathies,
Karen Fraser and Les Orford

Ross and Barb Wightman

Posted at 03:36pm
Peter, Chris and family.
We are saddened to hear about the passing of Joanna. I always enjoyed visiting with her when she lived on Ferrier Street. She had so many stories to tell about her life and particularly stories of life during the war years in Holland. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Ross and Barb Wightman

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