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Mrs. Margaret Janssens

Mrs. Margaret (Grietje) Janssens

At the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Saturday January 2nd, 2021, Mrs. Margaret Janssens of Chatham unexpectedly went to be with her Lord in her 84th year. Cherished daughter of the late Dirk and Trijntje VanderMeulen. Beloved wife of Jake for over 63 years. Loving mother of Ken and his wife Sue of Chatham, Jeff and his wife Michelle of Calgary, John and his wife Linda of Barrie, and Sharon McNamara and her husband Patrick of Chatham. Oma will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will also be missed by her nieces and nephews, many cousins, and by her friends and neighbours who were as family to her. Predeceased by her son Ronnie, her brother Donald VanderMeulen and her brother-in-law John Janssens.

Margaret was born in Dronrijp, Friesland, The Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with her parents and brother when she was 12 years old. She and Jake met and married in Woodstock and settled in Chatham four years later.

Margaret was very active in her church where she was a chartered member. She was a volunteer at Outreach for Hunger, with Prison Ministries of Chatham and spent many years delivering Meals on Wheels up until last week.  She loved and cared for all of the people in her life so well.

A family service for Margaret will be streamed live from the funeral home on Wednesday January 6th, 2021 at 11:00am with Pastor Mike Borgert of Grace Christian Reformed Church officiating. A link for service will be posted on Margaret’s funeral announcement on the funeral home website. Arrangements entrusted to the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington West, Chatham, 519-352-2710. Interment Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider World Vision. On-line condolences may be left at

A family service for Margaret will be streamed live.

Family Service: Wednesday January 6th, 2021 at 11:00am

Officiating: Pastor Mike Borgert of Grace Christian Reformed Church

Interment: Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham.

Expressions of Sympathy: World Vision

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all attendees as mandated by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario must wear a mask at the funeral.


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