Mary Aarts

Obituary of Mary Aarts


On December 27, 2021, surrounded by family, Mary Aarts (Berkvens) in her 97th year, passed away ever so peacefully and has been reunited with her husband Peter and daughter Angela Aarts-Faris. We were so blessed to have her as a mother.  She was strong, smart, resourceful, loving and fiercely independent, right to her last days. She will be missed by her son John Aarts, her daughters, Frances Aarts and Rosemary Hicks, her sons-in-law Brian Hamilton, Kenn Faris and Steve Hicks and grandchildren Cyrus, Stephanie, Petra (Dave), Paul (Becca), Samuel, Emily, Alexandra, Grace and Nathan. Mom was an amazing grandmother and met her great-grandson Finn, for the first time the day before she passed. The joy on her face was beautiful.


Predeceased by siblings Joseph, Nellie, Anne, Jim, Harry, John and Theresa, Mary was the last of her siblings to pass so we envision quite the reunion with lots of singing, good Dutch food and perhaps a few games of 1000. She is survived by sisters-in-law Dina Aarts, Mary Berkvens, Helma Berkvens and Tina Van Berkel, and brothers-in-law Jerry (Judy) Meulendyks and Tony (Gertrude) Aarts.


A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Mom's life will take place at All Saints Catholic Parish, 124 Front Street East, Strathroy on February 18, 2022 at 11:00am.  Burial will follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery. 


Registration is required in order to attend the Funeral Mass due to capacity restrictions.  Please be prepared to provide proof of double vaccination in order to attend.  To register, please call the funeral home (519-245-1023) or visit Mary's tribute page to access the registration link. 


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If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.


Arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF STRATHROY.  Condolences online at


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