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It is with deep sadness that the family of Eva Anna Maria “Anneke” Schoemaker announces her passing at the age of 90 after a brief struggle with cancer.  Born in Delft Holland on December 31st1927 she is survived by her children Steven, Barbara Ann (Paul), Ellen and Michael and grandchildren Kassandra, Arial and Seth. She was predeceased by her Husband of 42 years Richard Prosper Schoemaker in 1988.

Anneke, as she was known by all her friends, was an accomplished tapestry artist, photographer, avid traveler, gourmet cook and homemaker. In the 1960’s and early 70’s , together with her husband “Dick”, she was very active with the Calgary Film Society and the Canadian Federation of Film Societies which was instrumental in bringing foreign film to audiences in Canada at that time.  She went on to become the President of the Canadian Federation of Film Societies for a term of office in the late 1960’s. As a family we enjoyed the pre-screenings of some of the films in our family room. Often these films were accompanied by the Director or one of the creative’s who stayed in our home briefly as they shopped their film across Canada. 

In the late 1970’s she attended and graduated the Alberta College of Art with a diploma in Fabric Arts. She went on to enjoy many weaving and tapestry commissions and personal showings of her work.

Until her move to Vancouver in 1994 she also was an active docent with the Glenbow Museum in Calgary Alberta specializing in Indigenous Art and the Glenbow Mineral Gallery. In 1988 together with her husband she published a docent training guide book for the Glenbow Mineral Gallery.

Upon her move to Vancouver she became active with the Brock House Society and in addition to standing as treasurer for the society for a number of terms she also volunteered each Wednesday to help serve lunch at the Brock House lunchroom. She was given a lifetime membership with Brock House Society for her service. During her time at Brock she also learned to play Mahjong and together with her girlfriends played each Monday at alternating houses for many years.  The stories and friendships shared at that time were one of her greatest joys.

She was an avid traveler and in her years was able to visit and photograph many places in Europe, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, and continental America.

Anneke was known and respected in her community of Kitsilano.  She enjoyed many warm and joyful relationships with her friends at the post office, Safeway store, bank and pharmacy. She loved the hummingbirds that visited her yard and had multiple feeders going throughout the year so they would always have something nourishing.

Throughout the years Anneke was an active supporter and sustaining member of Doctors Without Borders. She leaves a legacy donation to this incredible organization.

Mamma…Thank you for the laughter, sage advice, and the “Sunshine” you brought into our lives.  Words alone cannot capture the essence of you and incredible contributions you have made to the health and happiness of those you have touched. You will be forever missed and always remembered.

With great great love……

Condolence Messages

  1. Lynn and Albert Jacobs

    20 July 2018 4 years ago

    Anneke and Dick were old friends from the Calgary Film Society days. With Anneke’s arts skills and contagious enthusiasm and Dick’s meticulous organisation, our group of friends led the moribund CFS to a membership that filled Calgary’s Jubilee Auditorium.
    We never failed to renew our friendship whenever sailing drew us to the West Coast.
    Barbara-Ann and Steven, we share your sorrow.

    Lynn and Albert Jacobs

  2. Nazima and Serajuddin

    02 July 2018 4 years ago

    Dearest Barbara Ann,
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. Knowing you, your mother was a great woman, a loyal and honest friend. May she Rest In Peace and May God bestow His countenance upon her.

  3. Masoud, Farah & Rosa

    30 June 2018 4 years ago

    Dear Steven & Barbara, Unfortunately we had a short time to know your wonderful and amazing mother Anneke. We would never forget her smile, her laughter and her big heart when she welcomed us in this neighbourhood. We will cherish our memories of her.

  4. John Wansbrough

    29 June 2018 4 years ago

    Anneke was the really cool Mom. She would hang out with us in the downstairs home in Lakeview, telling us stories and teaching us lessons. We brought out the kid in her and she brought out the adults in us. The passing of Anneke has made me think of my Mother, she also was at the Glenbow Museum, with Anneke.
    BA, Steven P, Ellen, and Michael. My sincere condolences. She will be sadly missed.

  5. Moore’s Bakery Staff

    23 June 2018 4 years ago

    We have fond memories of Eva sharing a laugh with us while shopping at Moore’s Bakery. We were always happy to see her and to get her stocked up on her favourite Almond Spice (Speculaas) cookies. We’ll miss her smile and her kindness.

  6. Linda McLean

    20 June 2018 4 years ago

    June 20 2018
    Dear Barbara Anne,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother sounds like a remarkable woman and she will be missed greatly.

  7. Patricia van Woerden- Williams. UK

    18 June 2018 4 years ago

    So sorry family, for the loss of your Mother she was my sister in law in another life,
    may her dear soul rest in peace and my thoughts are with her family. May she rest in peace

  8. Crawford Hawkins

    17 June 2018 4 years ago

    My love and condolences to you and your family. I know haw very much she meant to you and how much you will miss here. May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  9. Wally Burrows

    16 June 2018 4 years ago

    My condolences Barbra-Ann and Steve. You mother was a true joy and pleasure to meet. I feel fortunate to have been able to have a good laugh with her on the few occasions we were together.

  10. Lara Fox

    16 June 2018 4 years ago

    My sincerest condolences BarbaraAnn. She will be missed

  11. Yoka van Woerden

    16 June 2018 4 years ago

    Tante Anneke was a pillar of strength with laughter and honesty. She will be remembered with fondness.
    It’s always hard losing a loved one.

  12. Diane Stuhlmann

    16 June 2018 4 years ago

    Anneke befriended my mother during a particularly difficult time in my mom’s life. Your mom will always be special to me because of that. My very sincere condolences to you, Barbara Anne, and to your family.

  13. Danny Virtue

    16 June 2018 4 years ago

    Your mom was a loving and caring person , and she has passed it on . BA all my love to you your friends and family

  14. Enrique Cedron

    16 June 2018 4 years ago

    Barbara Anne , so sorry to be informed of this situation which I was not aware.
    Linda mujer muy interesante.
    Favor de ver la posibilidad de verte con Paul en mi casita en Canada para que veas las Lindas Flores que dejaste en el jardin.gracias.
    My sincere condolences to you, Paul and your brother.

  15. Doris and Robert

    16 June 2018 4 years ago

    It was a very great pleasure to know dear Anneke and to enjoy her great sense of humor and fantastic zest for life. We believe the Angels are loving her fun stories and laughter! She lives forever in our hearts. Sending her and her family lots of love and blessings.

  16. Raymond Massey

    15 June 2018 4 years ago

    So sorry to hear this news about your wonderful mother, your friend. Cherish those great memories. Thinking of you and Paul.

  17. Marion Gonneville

    15 June 2018 4 years ago

    I’m so sorry for your great loss. I met Anneke in our shop where she loved everything and was so lovely and fun. Thank you for bringing her in for us to meet. A loving soul now free to fly. 🙏

  18. Denise Grsms

    15 June 2018 4 years ago

    Dearest Barbara, Steve and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Annika was a bright light in the world. Her ready smile and humor was her trademark. She will be missed.

  19. Mitch Lazer

    15 June 2018 4 years ago

    my sincerest condolences BA – glad I got to meet her back in the hood i the 90’s

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