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S: A Look At 65 Years of Angele

BC: Photos and comments contributed by: Bea Ger and Hans Agnes Lucien and Yvonne Frits Willem (Pops) Frits Jules (Fritsje) Carole Jamey Ro We all love you, admire you, are so proud of you!! Happy 65th birthday!!

FC: A Look at 65 Years of Angele, Sjak, Lief, Mom, Ahmie

1: So mom, it was your 65th birthday on October 20, 2011. Sixty-five is a big year in most regions of the world. I don’t know why, but I guess it’s considered the entry into life as a senior citizen. Just saying that – “senior citizen” – already sounds so old, but in your case it just doesn’t fit. The normal connotation is that, at 65, life starts to slow down and one starts to enjoy low-energy hobbies. You know – bus tours, bird-watching, shuffleboard, checkers, wine-tasting, etc... Somehow, I just don’t see it with you. You have too much energy and too much perseverance. I think we’ll be able to wait ten years or more before we start talking about retirement and old age when it comes to you. Nevertheless, sixty-five is a good age to stop and look back at a life and that is the purpose of this book. Unfortunately, our family is a bit fragmented geographically and because of your journeys with Pop over the past 10+ years, it’s difficult to bring all of your loved ones – friends and family – to one place. So we, your children, wanted to be able to share our memories of you and we wanted to ask your family to also contribute their thoughts. This book is certainly not a huge gift but in this day and age, when it seems that we can have almost anything materialistic that we want, we hope that you’ll value knowing that we have such warm memories of you and that we all love you so very much. Fritsje

2: 65 years - Momsie! Finally you're recognized externally for what we have known all along! You're golden!! 65 years implies a lot of hats worn and lenses from which the world has been seen. There are the obvious hats - daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother that in itself are just titles, the secret sauce of Angele, Sjak, Lief and our Momsie is how you have worn them with such grace and always with style. You are the most genuine person I know, you have social graces like no other. You are tough as nails, and to us, you are our comfort. Uncompromising in your personal expectations, you roll with life's punches without question or playing the part of a victim. You are so thoughtful to what makes people unique, and you live by amazing demonstration - as a leader, a mentor, a friend and a teacher. Your hats and lenses make you a wonderful contradiction that only the best of people can be. Obviously in the past year, I have had to lean on you more than anyone else has. Though I know I have likely come off as unrecognizing, inwardly I am so grateful to you! And as I see through the generosity of your friends, you touch and benefit the lives of so many people beyond just your family. If you take nothing else from this book but sentimental nostalgia, we all - the three of us, Pops, and your siblings, hope you see how much we have benefited from the ease with which you wear your many hats, and the lenses through which you helped provide in all of our lives. You have touched us all, and for it, we are all better. We love you!! Piep

3: 65! Society has coined it the Senior/Golden years Wikipedia defines it as “The time of life after retirement from active work!”. Though, Anyone who knows Angele Diepen; would agree, society is not about to dictate time lines or expectations! I think this time of your life would better be described as an opportunity to rid yourself of worries; knowing you did everything possible to ensure your family and more specifically children, are prepared to tackle all aspects and obstacles of life. I hope you open up this new chapter in your life, and introduce yourself to a new, worry free, style of living. One where you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor, as we can all attest, labor it was! A life filled with maternity; companionship; volunteerism; labor; survival and so much more! You have impressed not only the children you rose, but all those that you have touched throughout your life. As your children our memories of you are filled with your relentlessness, and continuous familial support. Whether it was cooking warm meals, ironing at all hours of the night; cleaning a never ending storm; tutoring us till late into the night, or being support for us when our confidence was shaken You were always there to give more of yourself, despite what you received in return. As children, your parenting techniques were at times viewed as strict, and over-bearing But looking back as an adult; the words “perfect / flawless” come to mind. I am not sure many other children grew up with the same diversity; etiquette; and general well “rounded-ness” that we were privy to as children. Ro

4: Als jongste van het gezin werd ze door de oudere kinderen verwend, maar o wee als ze haar zin niet kreeg. Ze huilde vrij gemakkelijk en veel, tot grote ergernis van mijn vader. Toen we nog in het Westeinde in Den Haag woonden, was er aan de overkant een gezin met een kleine zwarte poedel. Daar was ze gek op en blijkbaar is ze haar liefde voor honden niet kwijt geraakt gezien het feit dat er nu ook een hond in huize Diepen is. Ze speelde ook graag buiten en toen we gingen verhuizen van het Westeinde naar de Columbusstraat zei mijn moeder: “Het is nu afgelopen met buitenspelen want we wonen nu in een sjiekere buurt.” Ger

5: Angele had een paar vriendinnetjes uit de buurt. Rietje Koerten van de groenteboer op de ene hoek, Dora .. ook van een groenteboer op de andere hoek en Marijke die boven de slijterij woonde tegenover ons huis. Daarin was ook onze winkel waar onze moeder (Oma), later samen met Bea, melk en andere (zuivel) producten zoals kaas,boter, eieren, koffie, thee enzovoort verkocht. Marijke was enig kind en had thuis al een televisie. Een primeur voor die tijd. Angele mocht dan vaak komen kijken naar de kinderprogramma’s die alleen op woensdag- en zaterdagmiddag werden uitgezonden. En ze hadden ook een kleine poedelhond. Ik zie nog een foto voor me waar Angele met dat beestje aan de riem staat afgebeeld. OP de een of andere manier wist ze als jongste in de familie altijd haar zinnetje door te drijven. Ze kon dan kijken alsof haar groot onrecht werd aangedaan,of dreinen als een peutertje. Ze zeiden in die tijd vaak dat haar gezicht als ze wilde op huilen stond. Agnes

6: Een mooi verhaal is ook toen ze haar plechtige communie deed. Middags mocht Hans de auto van Niek lenen om naar Scheveningen te gaan en Angele ging mee. Op de boulevard aangekomen sloeg de motor af en Hans kreeg hem niet meer aan de praat. Een behulpzame man bood aan de auto naar de kant te duwen, maar diezelfde man bleef duwen zodat de auto bijna over de rand van de boulevard viel op de mensen die daaronder zaten. Hans wist door snel ingrijpen dit te verhinderen, maar het scheelde niet veel of er was een ongeluk gebeurd. De mensen die op het strand zaten waren, en dat kun je wel begrijpen, hevig geschrokken en vreselijk kwaad. Gelukkig ging het naderhand weer goed en kwamen we op tijd thuis om naar het lof te gaan. Zo ging dat vroeger.als je je communie deed. Eerst ’s morgens naar de eucharistieviering en ’s middags naar het lof. Ger

7: When her father got his first pension, she told her father, oke, give it to me, I will only buy a "kroket" and the rest I can use well. Bea

8: Ze doorliep de lagere school zonder problemen. Toen zij nog op det basisschoolzat en ik al op het voortgezet onderwijs op dezelfde school, werd onze school opgeheven en moesten we naar een andere school veel verderop. Daar waren dezelfde nonnen de baas als op onze oude school. Het was een degelijke katholieke school. Toen ze na twaalfjaar de basisschool had afgerond ging ze naar de middelbare meisjesschool (MMS) ook weer geleid door nonnen. | In die tussentijd was onze winkel verkocht en waren we gaan wonen in een gesloten huis. Dat was in de Columbusstraat. Het huis van waaruit je moeder is getrouwd. Agnes

9: Na de lagere school ging Angele naar de MMS aan het Louis Couperusplein. Feestjes waren er genoeg en ze nam het niet zo nauw met de tijd om thuis te komen. Wij als oudere zussen hadden altijd om 23.00 uur thuis moeten zijn, maar Angele nam die regel niet zo nauw en kwam regelmatig veel later thuis. Dat werd nog geaccepteerd ook. In die tijd had ze ook de gewoonte om als mensen een woord verkeerd gebruikte, dit te verbeteren. Dat werd niet altijd leuk gevonden. Ger

10: Korte tijd woonde ze in Amsterdam op kamers met een vriendin die mannequin wilde worden. Mooie boel daar en ze had toen ook een poes die ze “Snikkel”noemde. Ze had er toen geen weet van geloof ik wat dat woord betekende. Vraag dat nu maar aan haar. Die kat is daarna naar Lucien gegaan. Ger | She used to come on holiday often with Niek, Bea and family and got spoiled by Niek. Bea

11: Ze werd stewardess. Wat een feest. Opa plaagde haar in het begin als ze thuiskwam. Hij noemde haar “blokkentrekker”. Een beetje denigrerend was dat wel. Agnes | Na haar eindexamen solliciteerde ze als stewardess, werd aangenomen en maakte vele continentale en intercontinentale reizen.Zo ging ze graag naar Thailand, waar ze voor weinig geld een prachtige japon kon laten maken. Ger

12: Na een korte periode verkering te hebben gehad met Luc Zumpolle leerde ze je vader kennen en tot op heden zijn ze nog gelukkig getrouwd. Ger | The proverbial spark hit me when Mom came swimming once, all by herself. She came over as a very balanced person/character. Then as an airhostess she once flew to Tripoli Libya where I used to live. She left a message at the airport that she had wanted to say Hello. During the following X.Mas season, I called to thank her for the nice attention and invited her for dinner and the rest is history... Frits Willem

13: Cool, pretty, unpretentious yet very confident, and by the way very attractive in a nice bikini.

14: You were, and are, a fantastic mother to us. We like to think that we have grown up to be very balanced people - adults. It has to do with the way you raised us, with the experiences we had (in travel and at home), with the values you taught us and in the discipline you instilled in us.

15: She is amazing. Take into account that I was travelling an awful lot and Mom had to do it all by herself: House-owner and mother of 3 growing kids Pop | I see how much you loved us and how much you put your life on hold for the good of your kids. You did everything for us. And I mean everything! Thinking of it now, I have no clue where you found the energy to do it all. Fritsje

16: You prepared the celebration for each of our birthdays and made us feel like the centers of the universe – every year. You drove us to sailing, swim meets, football games. You did it all! And besides all of this, you still found time to play golf and tennis and to run Mel Carter with a couple of your friends. It’s amazing. Fritsje

18: The fantastic thing about Mom is that she always accepted our moves without questions. Such as to Canada, to Pointe Claire, Beaconsfield to an unknown place in Senneville - and then to New Jersey and back to Quebec | I am proud of Angele's self-discipline and balanced character, and totally appreciate that she has always been a supporting partner in good times and not so good times. Pop

19: After being diagnosed with breast cancer, we as your family were uncertain of the realities to come But as always You stood as a pillar of strength Not only in the face of your own perils; but for the family you always supported. And as you did everything you do , you took the bull (that we know as cancer) by the horns, and never looked back! You remained optimistic throughout the entire ordeal, and through your calm and stubborn demeanor, put the rest of us at ease. Ro

20: Not only does mum know how much I love their guest room but also she makes it the coziest room ever by even lighting a fire for us at times – thanks for making me feel home & warm! Carole | Some Descriptive Words: Compassionate; Caring; Selfless; Stubborn; Tenacious; Strong Willed; Passionate; Self-driven; Survival; Infectious laugh Ro | I spread the word and try to teach the kids here some proper language – the saying of having had a sufficient elegancy is going to be know all over Liechtenstein Carole

21: I knew Willem was going to be loved and well-looked after by his Ahmie, but I had no idea!! Mom, you are amazing with him!! Your wisdom hour, the care and thought you've put into his "stations," and all (ALL) of the help you gave me after he was born - you're amazing! | Willem is one lucky Puck!!

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