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Gerrit Van Hierden

June 4, 1956 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 67) 67 Years Old

Gerrit Van Hierden Obituary

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Gerrit Van Hierden announces his sudden passing away on December 20, 2023, at the age of 67 years, in the Fort Macleod Emergency.  He was a beloved husband, father, (great) grandfather, brother, and friend to many.  He leaves to mourn his dear wife, Janet Van Hierden (de Kok) of 47 years. His daughters: Joletta (John) Kaat of Bruce Crossing, Michigan, Nelina Van Hierden of Fort Macleod, Calinda (Dave) Slingerland of Cowley, Andrelei (Bert) Grisnich of Fort Macleod. He will be greatly missed by his 28 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  His sisters: Ria (Ray) Vanee, Nancy Vanden Broek, Jenny (Jake) Boot.  His brothers: Henry (Shannon), Conrad (Rhonda), Harvey (Bernita). Brother-in-law Frans (Sieneke) Feyter.  Sisters-in-law: Tracey Van Hierden, Nelleke (James) Kreft and Andrea (Peter) Feyter.  As well as the many nieces, nephews, family, friends, neighbours, and church community that knew him.

Gerrit was born in Fort Macleod to Henk & Jenny Van Hierden in 1956.  He grew up on the family farm just east of Fort Macleod, until he married his wife, Janet in 1976.  Together they farmed south of Fort Macleod, where they raised their four daughters on Driview Farms.  In 2010, they built another home close to the Belly River, where they planned to retire, but Gerrit was not quite done with farming, and built another farm, where he resided until the time of his passing.  He enjoyed family gatherings, spending time with the grandchildren, and always handed out the best hugs.  He was a special, loving man, and greeted everyone with a warm smile.

Gerrit was predeceased by his parents Henk (2000) & Jenny (2014) Van Hierden, parents-in-law Andy & Nellie de Kok (2021), brother-in-law Andrew de Kok (1981), brother Rick Van Hierden (1996), sister Steina Feyter (2012), brother-in-law Walter Vanden Broek (2014), nephews Adrian Kreft (1998), Gerrit Van Hierden (2001), and Randy Van Hierden (2004), niece Rebecca Van Hierden (2004).  As well as, infant grandson Joshua Kaat (2005), and grandson Jason Slingerland (2023).

Condolences were held at the Netherlands Reformed Church, Fort Macleod, AB, on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, from 6-8 p.m.

The Funeral Service were held at the Netherlands Reformed Church, Fort Macleod, AB, 2608 7th Ave., on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at 1:00 PM, with Rev. H.D. den Hollander officiating.   

The Graveside Service followed at the Fort Macleod Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Eventide Care Home (44-90022 Rge Rd 212, Lethbridge County, T1J 5N9) or to STARS (1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a

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December 26, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Netherlands Reformed Congregation Church
2608 7th Avenue
Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0

Funeral Service
December 27, 2023

1:00 PM
Netherlands Reformed Congregation Church
2608 7th Avenue
Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0


Eventide Care Home
44-90022 Range Road 211,, Lethbridge AB T1J 5N9
Tel: 1-403-320-0655

P.O. Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary AB T2E 8M7


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