Maria van der Zyden

Rita van der Zyden

Friday, October 10th, 1924 - Sunday, April 26th, 2020
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It is with sadness that we announce that Maria “Rita” van der Zyden, age 95, passed away peacefully at home with her daughter Joan by her side on April 26, 2020. Predeceased by her loving husband and best friend, Hank. Rita is survived by her daughter Wilma (Dave) Cutler, daughter Joan van der Zyden (SJC), son Jack (Lourie) van der Zyden, daughter Sandra van der Zyden, daughter Margo (Mike) DeGray, her 8 grandchildren Justin (Claire) Cutler, Caroline (Matt) Noakes, Joanna (Scott) Sneddon, Ashley (Brendan) Smith, Kyle (Cait) van der Zyden, Whitney (Dan) Hudak, Ryan Fallow, Kiersten van der Zyden and her 5 great-grandchildren Elliot, Charlotte, Adeline, Norah, and Eleanor. Rita was born in Wassenaar, Netherlands, one of 14 children. She was predeceased by her sisters, Rien, Wilma, Neil, Cock, Hanny, Tina, Marian, and her brothers Nickie and Kees. She will be sadly missed by her sisters, Theodora (Adrian), Coby and Bep, her brother Nick (Rita), her sisters-in-law Annie, Wilma and Clazien, along with her many nieces and nephews. We thank all those who have supported our mother in her journey over the past years including her Personal Support Workers Teena, Pat, Hazel and Yvonne, her family and close friends and the Senior’s Group at St. Joseph the Worker Parish. A special debt of gratitude to Joan’s congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, for allowing Joan to care for mom for the past three years. A ‘Celebration of Life Mass’ at St. Joseph the Worker Parish and burial at Resurrection Cemetery will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, online donations can be made to Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny at or by cheque using the link below in the donation section.
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    Resurrection Catholic Cemetery
    355 Taunton Road East
    WHITBY, ON L1N 5R5
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A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at a later date when gatherings are allowed.


Donations are being accepted for: Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny.


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Mona and Richard Murdoch

Posted at 03:26pm
In fond memory of Rita Van der zyden. Love and prayers, the Murdoch family.

Joan Van der Zyden Posted at 09:22pm

Thanks so much Mona and Richard!

Bev and Jim Rancier

Posted at 03:24pm
In loving memory of Rita van der Zyden, a remarkable lady who loved her family dearly. Keep your mother in your heart and soul and smile each time you remember her. Thinking of everyone with deepest sympathy, God is holding you close during this difficult time.

Joan Van der Zyden Posted at 09:23pm

Thanks so much Bev and Jim!

Rosaline Dean

Posted at 03:21pm
In Memory of Maria Clazina Rita van der Zyden with affection for Sister Joan who served with grace and warmth at St. Joseph's parish in Hamilton.

Joan Van der Zyden Posted at 09:24pm

Thanks so much Rosaline. Mom loved coming to St. Joseph's when she was visiting.

Peter & Sharon Melnychuk

Posted at 03:19pm
Sorry for your great loss

Wilma Cutler Posted at 09:23pm

Thank you Peter and Sharon.

JoAnne & Peter Kespe

Posted at 03:14pm
Our deepest condolences and most sincere sympathy to you and family on the passing of Rita. We will never forget her kindness and compassion. She was a remarkable woman. She will in our memories. Hugs

Wilma Cutler Posted at 09:29pm

Thanks so much Joanne and Peter.

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