Ann Marian Stronach

February 11th, 2021

Nov 28, 1919 - Feb 11, 2021

It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to the matriarch of our family, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and great aunt. Ann was born in Noorwikerhout, Netherlands and immigrated to Canada in 1953. She was born to parents John and Elizabeth Vander Raadt, the eldest of five children. She is predeceased by her sister Maria and her brothers Peter, Cees and John. She is also predeceased by her first husband Herman in 1956, and her second husband Jim in 2010, with whom she had a 46 year love affair, also her oldest son Joe in 2017 and her great grandson Matthew in 2019.

Ann is survived by her children Jess (Dave), Ronald, and Marilyn (Ken), and her grandchildren Kristie Anne (Terri), Ryan, Michael, Andrew, Alex, Shane, Lesley (Adam), Kendra (James), Matthew, and Bertran (Joanna). She is also survived by her great grandchildren Nixon, Vienna, Emma, Ava, Harper, Ashlynn, Elise, J'Anne, Dallan, Campbell, three step daughters and many nieces and nephews, all who loved her dearly. She also has a great grandchild arriving in April. Mom loved all of her family so much. She was so kind and generous to us all.

Our Mom lived a long and fulfilling life, always putting family first. She loved to garden when she could and had a love of fresh flowers. She always had a vase of fresh flowers on her table, without fail. Of course her favourite flower was the tulip as she never ever forgot the Country of her birth although she was proud to be a Canadian. In her retirement years Mom had a great love of cruise vacations and has cruised many, many times mostly with Dad and then with her children. She always had such wonderful stories to share. She loved her church and her church family. She missed them this past year due to Covid.

There will be a live stream service on Thursday Feb 25 at 130pm for family and friends. Due to Covid restrictions we cannot accommodate all that would like to be at Mom’s service. The link for the live stream service will be available on the All Saints Anglican Church website, The service can be watched at any time. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to North Okanagan Hospice Society (3506 27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4) or All Saints Anglican Church (3205 27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 4W8) in Mom’s memory. We will always be grateful for the kindness shown to our Mom at the North Okanagan Hospice Society in Moms final days. We would like to thank Dr. Jean Flannigan for her many years of caring and friendship for Mom. A very special thank you to Myrna Isobe for all of the love and support she has given to Mom and our family, especially this past 6 months as Mom continued to decline.

Mom will be dearly missed by all that knew her, fly free Mom, Rest in Peace.


So sorry to hear of your loss. Ann was such a lovely person always so thoughtful.We loved to hear her stories when she came back from her cruises. I enjoyed doing her hair when Rosalie was away.My deepest sympathy to her family Carol Roney

We are sad about the loss. We wish all family members strength in the loss. Cecil and Elma van der Raadt Woerden

Our hearts go out to family and friends because this is a great loss for all of us. She will be missed by everyone. Loosing a mother is tough, we know, this empty feeling never goes away. Wish we could be there with you and hug you. Love Piet and Monica Tel - van der Raadt

I was so lucky to have known Ann, what a wonderful, vibrant lady! She will be missed by many, both family and friends. She was blessed to have such a caring daughter in Jessie. So many mom days and then so much care in her last days. My deepest condolences to all the family near and far.

Our sincere condolences to the whole family. I'm sorry I never got to meet my second cousin and only found out about all of you recently through Patti. My Mom was Maria de Groot-vandenBurg. Her father, Ton vandenBurg was Elizabeth's brother. Take care. Love you all Maria & Sam Nordstrom-de Groot

Remembering you as a gracious, loving lady. All will miss your Wisdom and humour and those wonderful Mom’s Day posts (❤️Jess) Please give my mom a hug from me❤️


My deepest condolences to all of our families in Candada and especially to Jesse, Ronald and Marilyn and their children. I am happy to say I had the best godmother someone could wish for. As long as I live she never forgot to send me a birthday card. Always some what early afraid that it wouldn’t be on time. Unfortunately I only met her and uncle Jim once when they were on one of their cruises and came to Rotterdam. Dad brought them to Monica and Piets place. I myself came from Belgium were Wim and I lived at the time. It was special and loving visit ( although much to short ) I am glad that the last year’s she got an iPad ,so we had more contact that way. We could share the loss of our husbands and how much we missed them. And the more fun things in life. She will always be in our hearts. Love Lia and Raquel.

Our condolences to you all in the passing of Aunty Ann. Although I was a little boy when we were the last family to emigrate to Canada, I know from my parents (Cees and Lia) how much love and support Aunty Ann and Uncle Herman offered our family in the early years. Lately we have been following her from afar through Jess's "Mom's day" posts on FB. And then from Jess' home. Rest in peace.

We will cherish the stories and memories. Auntie Ann was very special to us, keeping in touch with her remote family, always encouraging and cheering us on. We can’t imagine the void she leaves in her close-knit family. We have loved the recounts from Mom-days! We are very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you, and we hope you find strength and support in eachother and around you. Her love for you will live on. Auntie Ann was and always will be an inspiration for us all. Thank you for streaming.

Ken, Marilyn and family, you are in our thoughts amd prayers. I always remember how devoted they were to their Mother and grandmother. Have heard a lot of stories from Marilyn and Ken about the wonderful times and travels they had. Lots of pictures on Facebook about their visits and times together. Memories you will always have. You have been so blessed to have those times together. Bob and Marie Starkey

Our hearts break with you. Ann was truly one in a million love to you all

Rest at peace, my lovely friend Ann. Always enjoyed our visits. It made my day when you and Jim came to visit me, whenever I was on location for the radio station. Love and comfort to all those who are grieving. I know that you and Jim are dancing among the Angels. ❤️

My deepest condolences to you all in Ann's passing. Another beautiful Angel to watch over you all. I miss seeing the pictures of Ann on her mother/daughter days and special days between them. She has lived a wonderful and happy life, and I know she will always be close by you all and forever in hearts. Hugs to you all!

We will tell our new sibling all about grandma and how amazing she was. She touched so many lives. She will be forever missed, may she rest in peace.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I will miss the fun messenger chats with Ann and sharing flower pictures.

It was an honour to call you Grandma. We were touched by your love and kindness. You always made us feel so special and we are thankful for that. One of our favourite things to do was to listen to your many stories. Stories of love and family and stories of your life in the Netherlands. We enjoyed learning about all the travel you did over the years and hearing about the delicious meals and entertainment on the many cruises you enjoyed. Without question, you lived a good and long life and we are forever grateful to share some very precious time with you.

I'm so sorry for your loss Jesse and your family , the Angel's have one more now l will miss seeing her on fb Sunday morning watching her church show bundled up in the beautiful shawl u made her all my love , Donna y

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