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Official Obituary of

Joe Van Gelderen

May 19, 1961 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 62) 62 Years Old

Joe Van Gelderen Obituary

Joe was born on May 19, 1961, in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, the third child of Bertus & Annie Van Gelderen. He spent his childhood in the Netherlands and in 1972 the Van Gelderen family moved to New Zealand. After 1 ½ years, his parents moved their family back to The Netherlands and soon started the process to immigrate to Canada. In 1976, the Van Gelderens came to Edmonton, and after just 2 years, Joe’s dad passed away suddenly at the age of 47.

His working career involved; scooping ice cream, installing eavestroughs, Windsor Plywood, Primco, First Choice Industries and Penner Farms Services. Fourteen years ago, Joe and Valerie started their family business, Totally Gluten Free Bakery.

Joe and Valerie started dating in November 1989 and were married on November 9th, 1990. The Lord blessed them in their 33 years of marriage with 10 children and 5 grandchildren.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, Bertus (1978) and Annie (2008) and stillborn son Isaac (2005). Joe died suddenly from a massive stroke while on vacation with his wife in the Caribbean on March 5th, 2024.

Joe's testimony of faith was founded only in the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. His unwavering faith was evident to anyone who knew him. He had such a cheerful disposition, and showed so much generosity to anyone he encountered. His prayer was for all of his family and friends to come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. 

Joe is survived by his wife, Valerie, and children, Nathan (Zaiden, Braxton), Lianne (Anna, Holly), Vanessa & Shane Zacharias (Myles) Karin & Tanner Francoeur, Cassandra & Michael Carson, Benjamin Van Gelderen, Ashley & fiance Paul Hoogenboom, Levi Vangelderen, Caleb Van Gelderen, and special daughter/niece Julie & Marc Andre, and Jayde. He is also survived by siblings: John (Bota) Van Gelderen, Tony (Carol) Van Gelderen, and Maryse (Albert) Nieuwenkamp.

A Funeral Service will be he held on Wednesday March 27, 2024 at 1:00pm at Redeemer United Reformed Church - 4519 46 Avenue. Lacombe, AB T4L

A Public Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from 6:30 - 8:00 Wilson's Funeral Chapel, 6120 Highway2A, Lacombe, Alberta

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Funeral Service
March 27, 2024

1:00 PM
Redeemer United Reformed Church
4519 46 Avenue
Lacombe, AB T4L 1R6


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