KOCKEN, Isabella Maria "Bets"
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(nee van Bekkem)
December 26, 1923 - February 16, 2013
Mom, Oma, Tante Bets passed away peacefully at the age of 89 years at the Southwood Hospice with her daughters by her side. Isabella was born in Tiel, Holland, immigrating to Okotoks in the early fifties with her husband and two young children. After many moves in and around Calgary, Gull Lake and Red Deer, Alberta, and with several more children, the family settled in southwest Calgary. Isabella took pride in her family and her home. She sewed, knitted, crocheted and did needlework with an artistic precision, gardened, laid up preserves and kept a beautiful home even during the most austere of times. Isabella was an avid records-keeper and a prolific story teller who left behind rich memories of her childhood and family life. She was a long-time member of St. James Parish and a devout Catholic who made sure her family lived accordingly. Isabella was predeceased May 1, 2006 by Alexander her husband of 56 years whose love and passion for education, dedication to community, family and athleticism, and commitment to hard work has been instilled in us all. They are survived by their children Tina (Kevin), Annette, Margaret, Alexander, Nicolaas and Marina, eleven grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. May they rest in peace. Isabella is fondly remembered her loving sisters and beloved parents and she is survived by her brother Nicolaas, sister Reit and her nieces Jeanne, Annemarie and Herma in Holland who together kept the link strong to the home she missed so much and longed for so often. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church (5504 - 20 Street S.W.) on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with The Reverend Luciano Cortopassi, SDB, Presider. Cremation to follow. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Isabella's family through www.evanjstrong.com. A donation to a charity of your choice would be preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. Telephone: 403-265-1199.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2013