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Obituary for H. Haalboom

H. Anne Haalboom

(nee Chamberlain)

March 29, 1947 - March 21, 2010

Anne’s final message

The family I've cherished and who made me feel cherished:

Husband: Teunis

Parents: Florence Chamberlain & (Robert, 2002) Elora

John (Oshawa), Chris (Hong Kong), his mother Androulla Hall (Toronto)

James (San Diego), Morgan & Joey, her mother Eileen English (Oregon)

Jackie McKenzie, Jonathan & Brennan, their father Dave (Dundas)

Terry & Lynne, Alex, Sarah, Shon, Jackie & Max (Kitchener)

Helen & John Ruetz, Tom, Eric & Heidi (Waterloo)

Siblings & in-laws

Earl & Joan Chamberlain (Elora)

David & Brenda Chamberlain (Port Elgin)

Heather & Bill Smith (Alma)

Paula & Kees Pyl Hogeweg (The Netherlands)

Ann & Roger Steenland (Arizona)

Nieces & nephews

Dana & Rich Biasutto, Maya & Jack (Milton)

Blayne & Gillian Chamberlain, Ewan (Elora)

Blair Chamberlain & Lisa (Port Elgin)

Kevin (Toronto)

and more in the United States, The Netherlands, Switzerland & Israel.

I have had more than my share of all the good things life has to offer.

Accidents of birthplace and time, Canada (Middlebrook, near Elora) just

after WW11, were major factors in my good fortune, and then a wondrous

randomness of people, places and times.

Over time, more than half my life, Teunis and I developed an extraordinarily

strong partnership and some wonderful mutually supportive relationships with

some very special couples; Martin & Helga Juergensen, Joe & Nadia Martin and

Helen & (Adrian, 2009) Van Oostveen. We were very fortunate in having

special bonds with Teunis's (Uncle Dick, 2007 & Aunt Marianne, 1996) and

their family. I am also full of gratitude for the friends, champions,

mentors and kindred spirits found among my many aunts, uncles, cousins,

chosen families, classmates, neighbours, colleagues and their spouses.

Most people in my path have accepted my idiosyncrasies. I am now looking for

some final indulgences. Please help me make my final footprint positive and

light. Instead of a funeral, Teunis and I have sent a donation to Habitat

for Humanity. Instead of attending a funeral, make that visit or call that

you've been putting off, write the long overdue note of appreciation, or if

you haven't been kind to yourself lately, here is the time. I am very sure

that such things will do more good and bring more comfort.

My final request is for a toast next Saturday around 5 pm. Please raise a

glass of chocolate milk, wine, juice or whatever, wherever you happen to be, with

whoever you choose to be with, smile and toast our wonderful shared journey.

This is something my far-flung friends and family can participate in too.

Thank you for these final gifts.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, 519-745-8445 or

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