Mike VanderSluis

A photo of Mike VanderSluis

Service:

Blenheim Christian Reformed Church
Saturday March 3, 2018 at 11 am

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday March 2, 2018 from 7-9 pm

Blenheim Christian Reformed Church
Saturday March 3, 2018 from 10 am until time of service at 11 am

Minze “Mike” VanderSluis, of Blenheim, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the age of 92. Born in Lollum, Friesland, The Netherlands, Mike moved to Canada as a newlywed with his wife Toos who passed away in 2011; a journey that would span 59 years. He was blessed with four children; Margaret & Colin Pool of Ridgetown, Linda Gagner of Burlington & David Gagner of Stoney Creek, Sarah & Gerald Hutten of Ridgetown and Mark & Barbara VanderSluis of Guelph. He was also blessed with thirteen grandchildren whom he loved very much; Mitchell & Robyn, Alan & Celina, Virginia, Maggie & Graham, Bailey, Lyndsay, Olivia, Joshua, Megan, Katelyn, Emily, Addison, Rebecca and two great grandchildren, Ashtyn and Jocelyn. Dearest brother of Irene & Gus Wolting and Sadie Postma. He was predeceased by eleven brothers and sisters.

Mike was a proud soldier, a hard-working farmer, a great lover of books, music and camping, a loving husband and dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a quiet, humble and thoughtful man who put the needs of others ahead of his own. He had a servant’s heart which reflected his love for his Saviour, Jesus Christ. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy of love; a love for our heritage, a love of farming and family and most importantly, a love for Jesus.

His church and faith were very important to Mike and in keeping with that, friends wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee or the Eben-ezer Christian School in Chatham.

Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Friday, March 2 from 7 – 9 p.m.   Visitation will also take place at Blenheim Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, March 3 at 10 am with funeral service to follow at 11 am with Pastor Tim Luimes officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

 

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Our deepest condolences on the loss of your father, grandfather and dear friend. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Your friends, Mike, Sharon & the Weenie Gang (Peetie, Dottie, Susie, Max, Speedie and Shotskie)

Thinking of the entire family - sending lots of love. A great number of my happiest childhood memories was at the VanderSluis home. Loved your Dad very much. Xox

Dear Margaret, Colin and family We were sorry to hear about your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

May all your memories comfort you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. from Barry, Sandi and all the staff at Kearney Planters.

Keeping your entire family in our Thoughts & Prayers during this very difficult time. Just always remember to hold all of your precious memories near in your heart. God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way. Take Care, Todd, Lesa (Rumble) Natasha & Kyle

Dear Margaret, Linda, Sarah and Mark and families. We want to send our deepest sympathies with the passing of your father and my uncle Mike. I have many fond memories of time spent with your mom and dad. They were very special people in our family's life especially the years we lived in Blenheim. This closes a chapter in all our lives, especially yours but I know when I visited uncle Mike this past summer he truly wanted to go home to his Lord and Saviour. He is at peace now. You were all blessed with loving, Christian parents and we hope those memories will always be a wonderful part of your lives. I am sad that we can't attend your father's funeral. We are currently in Florida until March 25. May God give you strength and wisdom through the days ahead. Blessings and love from Keith & Ann and uncle Art (who has moved to Shalom and is doing fine at the moment.

Margaret, Colin and family, so very sorry for your loss. With sincerest sympathy Fred & Kaye

ACROSS THE MILES Though miles may separate us, the spirit of Christ brings us close in thought. ( tekst vanaf een van de vele mooie kerstkaarten die we van Ome Mike en Tante Toos mochten ontvangen) Lieve Familie in Canada, Wij betuigen jullie ons oprechte medeleven bij het overlijden van Ome Mike, Jullie vader, schoonvader, opa en overgroot opa. Wij wensen jullie van harte heel veel kracht en sterkte en liefde toe. Dag Ome Mike Een laatste Hartelijke Groet van ons Wim en Reina van Rossum en natuurlijk niet te vergeten Twee Dikke Knuffels van Sky en Sunny Tot Ziens Dag familie in Canada, Heel Veel Liefs van ons uit Nederland.

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad/ opa,Mike was a wonderful ,funny man and we enjoyed he and Toos's company so much. You are in our thoughts and prayers . Carol John Jouwsma.

Margaret ,Colin and family .please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your father , grandfather and great grandfathers . May all your memories help you all through this difficult time .

Very Sorry

Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Mike. Since we are out of the Country, we will not be able to attend the service or visitation but we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Dear Marg , Colin and Families: So sorry to hear the news of the loss of your Father and Grand and Great Grandfather. You are all part of his legacy. You have scrapbooks in your hearts of all the best and perhaps trying times. Share them and that will keep him alive much longer. You have 2 Cherubs who now need to know their Great Grand Father . You are the story tellers. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Light and Energy is being sent you way in this difficult time. Kevin and Sharon