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Johanna van Thiel


Johanna van Thiel

With warm hearts and loving memories, we accept the death of our mother, Johanna (Jansen) van Thiel, who passed away in the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish, on May 22, 2019, with her daughters by her side.

Born in Nistelrode, Holland, she was a daughter of the late Johannes and Hendrieke (van Dyke) Jansen.

Johanna and her husband, Francis, immigrated to Canada via Pier 21 in 1952.  They lived in Mabou for five years, working at St. Joseph’s Convent.  Mom’s fondest memories are the raising of her seven daughters on the dairy farm in Brook Village.  Following Francis’s passing in 1974, the family moved to Antigonish.  Her faith was her guide in her decision-making.  At age 53, she obtained her driver’s license and employment in the food industry.  Upon retirement, she delighted in her coffee/tea parties with card-playing among friends.  She enjoyed her bowling, knitting, gardening, and water exercises and making her homemade soup.  She loved her travel to Holland and "out west" to visit family.  Johanna’s wisdom, insight, and positivity will be a beacon for all of us who encountered her, especially her compassion for visiting the sick.

She is survived by her daughters, Rita (André) Lalancette, Lower Sackville; Johanna Ward, Stratlorne; Jeannie (Rod) Beitel, Calgary; Trish Braun (Doug), Dartmouth; Maria (Rick) Derbyshire, Calgary; and Joanne Crawford (Bill), Antigonish; grandchildren, Dana, Sheri, Adrian, Stephen, Ashley, Erica, Cassandra, Brittnee, Courtney, Greg, Scott, Stephanie, Megan, and Matthew; great grandchildren, Faith, Sofia, Eli, Kenzie, Everly, and Wes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her husband, Francis; daughter, Rina; and sons-in-law, Robert and Johnie.

Visitation will be held Sunday, May 26, in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish.  from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm.  Funeral Mass will be held Monday, May 27, at 11:00am in St. Ninian Cathedral, Reverend Donald MacGillivray presiding.  Burial in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery, Brook Village.

In Memoriam, donations to St. John the Baptist Cemetery Fund or St. Ninian CWL appreciated.  Online condolences: 


Service Date
Monday, May 27, 2019
Service Time
Service Location
St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Visitation Time
2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm
Visitation Location
C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish, NS

Burial Location
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery, Brook Village

Requested Charity
St. John the Baptist Cemetery Fund or St. Ninian CWL