Willemke "Willy" Den Biesen

December 13, 1937 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Willemke "Willy" Den Biesen Obituary

On January 11, 2024 Willemke (Willy) Petronella den Biesen passed away at Shuswap Lake General Hospital surrounded by family. 
Willy was born in Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands on December 13, 1937 to Sietse and Elizabeth van der Werf, their second child. She was predeceased by her son Ben in 1983, great grandson Elliott in 2016 and her brother Freddy in 2023. 
Willy is survived by her husband of 64 years, Jeff, daughter Bernice (Michael), son Andrew (Bonnie), daughter Claudine (Craig), five granddaughters and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Sjoerd (Alma), sister Vronie and sister Siepie (Jim) and many cousins and nieces.
In her early years she developed an interest in the care for others and thus at the age of 18 entered the School of Nursing - Zwolle General Hospital, graduating in 1959.
After graduation she immigrated to Vancouver, BC, Canada where she was reunited with and soon married Jeff. 
From Vancouver she moved with her family to Surrey, working for a short period at St Mary’s Hospital in New Westminster. Her next move with her family was to Lillooet where she developed an interest in several successful businesses including a ladies fashion store.
In 1993 Willy and Jeff moved to Salmon Arm where she enjoyed volunteering, Aquafit and having coffee with her special Coffee Clutch Friends. She had a great sense of humour but always with a very strong respect for the feelings of other.
For her family she was the rock on which the family was built. Her remains were cremated and a special reunion for family and friends will be held in the spring.
Those who wish to make a charitable donation on Willy’s behalf are asked to consider BC Cancer Society.

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