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Adeline Van der Meeren
November 29, 1928 - February 7, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">Adeline Van der Meeren (nee Deleu) (1928 &ndash; 2016) passed away peacefully at home on February 7 with her husband of 60 years, Phil, by her side. She will be dearly missed by her six children: Anne (Paul), Guido, Jan (Janine), Chris, Luc (Susan) and Marianne (David) as well as by her grandchildren Cindy, Tracey, Nicole, Kelly, Lee, Cory, Sara, Emilie, Bryan, Elisa and Daniel, and great grandchildren Jordyn, Chance, and Charley. Predeceased by son-in-law Gary and daughter-in-law Patty. Also predeceased by her parents, August and Emma, her brothers Emile, Gustav, and sisters Susanne, and Maria. She will be very missed by many nieces and nephews and in-laws. <br /> <br />Adeline was born the youngest of five in Denderhoutem, Belgium. She excelled in school as a child but, as a teenager had her education cut short because of the hardship of WWII. She was very active in the Catholic youth movement, the VKAJ, and spent her teen and early adult years caring for her parents and family and being a very active part of the community. Adeline then ventured to the Belgian Congo to marry her love, Phil. In Africa, they had their first four children along with many exciting adventures and challenging times. After a few years back in Belgium and two more children, she moved to New York, Mississauga (Ontario), Houston, New York again and finally back to Ontario. She touched many lives everywhere she went, from being the village nurse in the Congo, to opening her home and cooking for countless friends. She had a gift of hospitality, was very creative and incredibly resourceful, and gave of her time generously whenever anyone was in need. <br />At the age of 70, Adeline dabbled in painting and discovered she had a hidden talent. She continued on to create numerous oil paintings which are now hanging in many homes in Canada, the US and Belgium. <br />Her faithfulness, intelligence, common-sense, loyalty and humble spirit will never be forgotten. <br /> <br />On February 14, 2016, the family will receive friends at 10 a.m. at Brampton Funeral Home and Cemetery (10061 Chinguacoucy Rd, Brampton Ontario) and a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. <br /></div>