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Mrs. Helena Van Erp

At the Village on the Ridge, Ridgetown, on Tuesday February 11th, 2020, Mrs. Helena Van Erp of Ridgetown in her 95th year.  Cherished daughter of the late Gerardus and Jacoba (van Dinther) Van Lith.  Beloved wife of the late Peter Van Erp.  Loving mother of Mary Mahabir of Barbados, Gerry Anthony of Aurora, Andy Van Erp of Kettleby, Joanne Mervin and her husband Mike of Ridgetown, Helen Romao and her husband Nuno of Carnation Washington, and Dianne Millard and her husband Tom of Chatham.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren Steve Mervin, Dan Mervin and his wife Sara, Sarah Lucas and her husband Mike, Lindsay Millard and her partner Nate, Carl Romao and his partner Courtney, Alanna Romao and her partner Gary, and Marilyn Romao, and her very special great grandchildren Tommy Mervin and Rory and Aidan Lucas.  Dear sister of Maria of the Netherlands.  She will be missed by many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her infant son Gerard, daughter Ida Goodreau, son in law Tony Mahabir, sisters Mien and Anna, and brothers Jan, Bert and Gerard.  After working together for many years on their farm near Merlin and then near Ridgetown, Helen and Peter retired to Ridgetown where Helen spent countless hours knitting and quilting for the orphanages in Chernobyl; she also spent many years organizing the annual CWL bazaar.  All of her children and grandchildren’s closets are filled with treasures that Oma spent many loving hours creating.  Family and friends are invited to St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 26 George St, Ridgetown, on Saturday February 15th, 2020, with a time of visiting from 10 am to 10:30 am.  The funeral mass will follow at 10:30 am with Father John Juhl celebrant.  Interment St. Michael’s Cemetery, Ridgetown.  Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.  Arrangements entrusted to the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington St. West, Chatham, 519-352-2710.  On-line condolences may be left at www.alexanderfuneralhome.ca 

Funeral Mass: Saturday February 15th, 2020 at 10:30 am

Celebrant: Father John Juhl

Conducted From: St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 26 George St, Ridgetown

With a time of visiting: from 10 am to 10:30 am.

Interment: St. Michael’s Cemetery, Ridgetown

Expressions of Sympathy: Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation




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