April 18th 1953 – September 26th 2015
It’s with great sadness that Manny Meyer announces the passing of his wife, Catharina Meyer DeLeeuw. After having succumbed to a lengthy battle with mesothelioma. She died peacefully at the Vancouver General Hospital, while holding her husband Manny’s hand.
As a home care nurse, Catharina loved helping people. She also loved sailing and, together with Manny, sailed their small sailboat “Bonvie” from one end of Vancouver Island to the other, during the 27 years they were married. She especially loved Galley Bay in Desolation Sound where they would go almost every year. After she retired, she and Manny took to the road and traveled up and down North America visiting friends and relatives. It was during their last trip that she became very ill and needed to be rushed back to the VGH. Sadly she spent several months in the Vancouver hospital and never saw her home again.
She leaves behind her husband Manuel; 2 daughters, Natalie and Claudia; 3 grand children, Chris, Yani and Conner; 2 great grand children, Rachael and Daniel and 2 stepsons, Lionel and Samuel.
Catharina was born in Holland where she is survived by her two brothers, a sister and her elderly mother, who all still reside in Holland.
Catharina and Manny met on Denman Island, over a quarter of a century ago and then moved to their home near Cumberland. It was their wish to eventually retire to their property on Hornby Island.
Catharina also leaves an empty spot in the book club where is missed by all her wonderful friends with whom she met monthly over a period of fifteen years.
Oscar, her beloved dog, still looks for her.