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van der Woerd: Elizabeth

van der Woerd: Elizabeth

It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth van der Woerd announce her passing on May 29, 2020 after a brief illness, at the St. Catharines General Hospital. Loving mother to Audrey Schenk (St. Catharines), Mark Schenk (Leah Anderson) (Ottawa), Nicole Carey (Late Eric) (Niagara Falls). Cherished grandmother to Matthew and Michael Saltarelli and Megan and Aidan Schenk. Liz is predeceased by her parents, Adriana van der Blom and Jan van der Woerd, and brothers Hans and Jim van der Woerd. She is survived by brothers Ben (Patty) and Jan (late Ali) van der Woerd. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Irene. 

Liz emigrated from the Netherlands to Canada in 1958 after the deaths of her father and mother, and joined her 4 brothers who had emigrated previously. Her brothers were spread across Canada, but Liz remained very connected to them throughout their lives. She never missed an opportunity to call and celebrate a significant event in the lives of her children, grandchildren or siblings, which she carefully noted on her Dutch calendar. Liz was a social person who enjoyed the company of others and a good laugh. She had a kind smile for everyone, made friends quickly and loved chatting with everyone. She especially loved her frequent visits with her friend Donna Leslie, and her other friends at Starbuck’s. Saturday night hockey viewing was essential for Liz.  Family would like to thank the staff of the St. Catharines General Hospital and Tufford Nursing Home, and her friend Donna for their support. As per Liz’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be celebrated at a later date. Donations to Canadian Diabetes Association or your local food bank in Elizabeth’s memory would be appreciated by her family.


  • Irene Vanderwoerd Posted June 4, 2020 9:25 am

    My most heartfelt sympathies with all of you as you grieve the loss of your mother and grandmother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    I also will miss Liesbeth very much. She was a wonderful and much loved sister in law. We shared happiness and joy , laughter and tears since I first met her when we were still in our teens.

  • Darlene Vander Woerd Posted June 7, 2020 9:08 am

    In this time of sorrow our hearts and prayers are with all of tante Liesbeth’s family. I wish we had lived closer but we know she was very loved and is no doubt having some great conversations with her brothers on the other side.

  • Elly Johnston Posted June 8, 2020 9:55 pm

    My sincere condolences with the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. She’s will be much missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Liesbeth and I were best friends during our teenage years both in Nova Scotia and later in Ontario when she stayed with us for a year. Oh the pranks we played on family and friends…so much laughter! Although we lost touch after marriage we kept in contact at Christmas time and through Liesbeth’s brother Jim, my brother in law.. I will never forget her smile, her hearty laugh and the joy she brought to our house at that time!

  • Caroline Tilden Posted August 18, 2020 1:10 pm

    My deepest sympathies to Liz’s family.
    Liz was a lovely, kind, and caring friend whose company I always enjoyed immensely. We spent many pleasant visits chatting about every subject under the sun, and it was a real pleasure to engage in conversation with someone so intelligent, knowledgeable, and well-informed.
    I’ll always be grateful for having had Liz as a friend and for being able to have had one last visit with her just before the pandemic made further visiting impossible.

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