elevated N17jK December 19, 1925 – May 30, 2023
elevated N17jK Passed away peacefully on May 28th, surrounded by loved ones, at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, at the remarkable age of 97. Loving mother to Jeanne, John, and Meta, beloved Oma to Donald, Joyce (David), Nova (Rob), Febri (Zhen), Kenneth (Stephanie), Pamela (Chris) and great-grandmother to Lindsay & Jessica, Matthew & Leah, Reegan & Tristan, Elise, and Kinston.
elevated N17jK Born on December 19th, 1925, Ien grew up in Central Java, Indonesia in a city called Salatiga. Her teenage years were filled with memories of WWII and invading Japanese military, which matured her very quickly and led her to marriage (Tjoe Ham) at the young age of 17.
elevated N17jK She was a skilled seamstress by trade, but as a single mother at 26, she discovered she could earn a living as an entrepreneur, in the colourful markets of Jakarta.
elevated N17jK Throughout her life, Ien taught us the true meaning of resilience. She faced life’s challenges with unwavering faith in God, never once complaining or succumbing to bitterness. She never turned down an opportunity to pray the rosary. Some of her last coherent words on the final day of her life, were the “Hail Mary”. Her quiet strength was a beacon of hope and symbol of peace for all of us, reminding us to face adversity with grace and gratitude.
elevated N17jK From Day 1 in the hospital (Apr 29th), all the nurses fell in love with her – “Indy’s so cute, we just want to keep her”, “She never wanted to trouble anyone”, “she never complained”. Even in the face of death, she didn’t want to trouble us. She tried to look up and comfort us with the sweetest smile. That smile will be forever branded on our hearts.
elevated N17jK The family would like to thank the palliative care team at the Greater Niagara General Hospital for their hard work to ensure Oma was comfortable over the past month, and all our friends and family for their kind words, thoughts, and prayers.
elevated N17jK A Visitation service held on Thursday June 1st from 4pm to 8pm at Assumption Catholic Cemetery/Catholic Cremation Services Funeral Home (6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga). The funeral mass will be held on Friday June 2nd at 11am at the Church of the Transfiguration-Society of St. Pius X (11 Aldgate Ave, Etobicoke) followed by interment and informal reception at Assumption Catholic Cemetery/ Catholic Cremation Services Funeral Home. A memorial donation may be made to the Society of St. Pius X Ontario (sspx.ca)
elevated N17jK Rest in peace Oma, and may perpetual light shine upon you.
We love you beyond words and will never forget you.