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HEIN VONDERBANK (published on March 05, 2011)

HEIN VONDERBANK Hein (Hendrikus Laurentius) Vonderbank passed away peacefully at the age of 79 with his family by his side on Thursday, March 3, 2011. Hein was born on February 25, 1932 in Roelofarendsveen, the Netherlands. He was the oldest of 18 children born to Nicolaas and Johanna Vonderbank. On July 4, 1957 he married his wife of 54 years Tineke (Catherine) Zoet. Together they had six children: Nico (Jean Carr), Mieke (Mark Langstaff), Hanneke (Jack Greenberg), Kitty (Mitch Tetrault), Marijke (Robert Gagnon) and Jan (1970 - 1985). He was the proud Opa' of 11 grandchildren: Sarah, Kristina, Lucas, Jonah, Erika, Sam, Riley, Kate, Alex, Yolanda and Annie. In the Netherlands Hein worked in the horticulture and agriculture industries. In 1980, he moved his family to La Broquerie, Manitoba in order to provide a better future for his children while pursuing his life long dream of owning a dairy farm. After 10 years he retired and built his dream house where they enjoyed a happy retirement. Beside spending time with his family, Hein loved music, gardening, playing cards and his hobby farm'. He will be missed dearly by his family, friends and all the people he ever delivered flowers to. A special thank you goes out to the wonderful staff at both St. Adolphe personal care home and Rest Haven Nursing Home. A service in his honour will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Drive in Steinbach, Manitoba on Tuesday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 1109 - 675 McDermot Ave.; Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 1-204-346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030

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