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Teresa Steenvoorden (nee Pasman)

Posted By Castlegar Funeral Chapel On September 3, 2019 @ 2:09 pm In Obituaries | 5 Comments

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It is with great sadness that the family of Teresa Steenvoorden announces her passing on August 31, 2019 at Castleview Care Centre in Castlegar.

Teresa, the youngest of 10, was born in Kortenhoef, Holland on August 4th, 1926. After high school she studied and became a registered nurse.  Shortly after, Teresa married the love of her life, Frank Steenvoorden.  Within weeks of the birth of their first child, Teresa & Frank boarded an immigrant ship and sailed for Canada.

Upon arriving in Canada, the family boarded a train for Victoria and somehow ended up living on a hillside outside Lumby for a short time before moving to Salmo and later Nelson where they began establishing their lives in Canada. It was during this time that three more children arrived to help brighten their home. 

In 1962 Teresa & Frank moved to Castlegar where two more children graced their doorway.  Castlegar holds many fond memories of her children growing up, graduating SHSS and getting married.  Visits with her family, in their longtime home beside the tennis courts, could never go on long enough and the more the merrier. 

In Castlegar Teresa learned to play tennis, which she played and enjoyed until she was 85.  While her tennis was important, it was the special friendships that she established through the game that continued to mean the most to her.  Teresa had many hobbies including reading, needlepoint, cards and music.  She sang for many years with the St. Rita’s church choir. Many will also remember Teresa as a walker, often seen running errands along Columbia Ave. 

In 2002, Teresa moved into Castlewood where she formed special memories with the staff and many new friends she made.  Teresa shifted from her home in Castlewood to Castleview Care Centre just a few short weeks before her passing. 

While Teresa lost Frank in 1998, the memories of their life together remained very dear to her. Left to mourn her passing are her 6 children: Frank (Gloria) Steenvoorden, Irene (Robert) Paterson, Mary Ann (Robert) Fullerton, Tom (Lynn) Steenvoorden, Mark (Lisa) Steenvoorden and Paul (Holly) Steenvoorden as well as 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, Teresa’s close friend and “adopted child” of 47 years, Phyllis Dolgopol, and countless friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ankenbauer for his diligent care, and to the management and staff of Castleview; you not only did a phenomenal job of caring for Teresa as her time drew to a close, you patiently and lovingly guided the family through it as well. Thank you. 

A funeral service will be held at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Castlegar on Thursday, September 26th, 2019 at 10:30am. Luncheon and Internment to follow.


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Condolence from Helen Moore on September 3rd, 2019 3:28 pm

Samara, Paul and family. I am so sorry to hear of Theresa’s passing. She was a wonderful Oma to Sam. She will be missed. Many blessings to the family.

Condolence from Heather (Deans) Hadley on September 3rd, 2019 9:08 pm

So very sorry to hear about your mom and grandmother. Many great memories of working together at the old Castlegar News.

Condolence from Sarah-Jane on September 27th, 2019 9:36 am

I so wish I could have made the funeral, but unfortunately had something I couldn’t get out of… Oma (and the rest of your family) were in my thoughts all day and I just want you to know how much she meant to me! I still remember walking with her at Millennium Park as a kid (and almost blowing away with her giant umbrella) and visiting her first at her home by the tennis courts and then at Castlewood. She will be so missed but never ever forgotten! Love you all ❤️❤️❤️

Condolence from Dave Cherrington on October 1st, 2019 6:47 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Teresa’s passing. My deepest apologies for not making her funeral. I will always remember the kindness she and Frank showed me through the years that Paul and I would hang out during our school years and after. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Debbie Keely on February 23rd, 2020 12:15 pm

I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to you and your family Paul. I spent my first year at Selkirk college boarding at your home. Your mom and dad were so kind and made my first year away from home so comfortable. Such wonderful people!

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