“I’ve had a great life” were Naan’s last words July 4th 2019 as she peacefully passed away, at the age of 90, surrounded by her kids.
Naan (nee Adriana) de Koning was born March 2nd 1929 in the small town of Rijsbergen in the Netherlands. She was the oldest sibling in a family of 5. As the oldest she was very involved in the farm and family life when she was younger. She told many anecdotes of growing up with 2 brothers and 2 sisters, and many cousins. As she got a little older she became very active in the young farmers organization in her town as well as province wide.
Naan married Janus de Koning in January of 1961, and they started farming in Rijsbergen, Netherlands. The love they had for each other and their family was inspiring, Naan supported and encouraged all her family’s adventures and plans. Together they stood strong through thick and thin. Work hard and then play hard was instilled at a young age in the entire family.
In September of 1980 Naan and Janus moved their family to Eden Manitoba where they continued farming. Naan was in her glory with her big farm yard and garden. She worked tirelessly and the yard looked like a park every summer, winning her many horticultural awards. Her yard was the backdrop for two family weddings as well as their 50th wedding anniversary in 2011.She was known far and wide for her hospitality, her cooking skills, and her ability to feed unexpected guests at the drop of a hat.
Again Naan stood by her family with love and support as one by one they all flew the nest and started their own lives. When grandkids started coming into her life she taught them about unconditional love, gardening and cooking and the importance of family. Every grandchild felt like they were the favourite. In March of 2019 Naan celebrated her 90th birthday in grand style with a two day celebration. Even her brother Jan from the Netherlands was able to attend.
Naan was preceeded in death by her husband Janus, her son Pieter, her parents Piet and To Peeters, her sisters Riet, Cor and her brother Janus. Left to mourn are her children Ineke (Rey), Ad (Debbie), Kim, Bert (Mo) , Marlies (Dan) and Leon (Sharon) and their families. As well as her brother Jan.
A celebration of life was held July 11, 2019 and Naan and Janus were laid to rest together at the Rosedale cemetery
Rest Easy Mom and Dad (Oma and Opa) you have given us a great life too, and taught us values we will pass on to our families for generations to come.
Neepawa District Palliative Care Service
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