Cecilia Van Manen

Cecilia Van Manen

Cecilia Van Manen - Cecilia Juno Marie (née DeMore) Van Manen, of Wiarton, in her 75th year. Cecilia was born April 7, 1948 in Westlock, Alberta. The daughter of the late Jack (Jacques) DeMore and the late Loretta Aspen.

Cherished wife of Kees Van Manen of Owen Sound and loving mother of Brad Van Manen (Jen) of Georgian Bluffs, Michelle Van Manen (Jeff Gerber) of New Hamburg, and Melanie Subject (Anthony) of Elmwood. Adored grandmother of Jordan Huehn (Mikayla), Owen Van Manen (Austina), Riley and Rohan Gerber, and Aidan and Lily Subject. Great-grandmother of Avah Huehn. 

Predeceased by her parents, her in-laws Anton and Geesje ”Grace” Van Manen, brother Ken DeMore, grandson Justyn Huehn, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Gerrit Van Manen, Henk and Ike Van Manen, Francine Nyhof, Willie Van Veen, Mary and Chester DeVries, Cobie and Gerry Stomphorst, Jane and John Gaasbeek.

Fondly remembered by her sister Genevieve Broadhead (Ken) of Edmonton; brothers Lavern DeMore (Tina) of  Sechelt, BC; and D’Arcy DeMore of Kamloops, BC; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Tony Van Manen (Sharon) of Guelph, Henny Eaton (Doug) of Innerkip, Frank Van Manen (Brenda) of Parksville, Vancouver Island; and John Van Manen (Dianne) of Edmonton, AB. Cecilia was a beloved aunt to more than 30 nieces and nephews, for whom she never missed a birthday, and a Great Aunt to countless more.

Cecilia was a dedicated and loving nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener for many years before transitioning into a gifted Trager and Reiki practitioner. Cec was a friend and angel to all who sought her out for her loyal friendship and generous nature. Many flocked to Cec for advice, healing treatments and to embrace the love, guidance and generosity that defined her. Cecilia had an adventurous spirit and found a friend in anyone she met. She opened her door to countless people who needed a kind hand, a listening ear, and an open heart.

With a vivacious personality that lit up a room, she was an avid reader, a movie buff at heart, a lover of all creatures, a champion for the underdog and defender of rights. Cecilia left her mark wherever she went, inspiring others to live their truth, to live a life of purpose, and she encouraged others to replace judgment with kindness and love. Unconditional love was her trademark. Cecilia was a true gift.

There simply isn’t anyone else like Cec. Although the loss of her is great to those who loved her, her spirit lives on in everyone she touched. She will be greatly missed, but even more lovingly remembered. 

Special thanks to Dr. Van Dorp, the nurses, PSWs and the 2nd and 3rd floor staff at Gateway Haven in Wiarton for caring for Cec as if she was family, these past few years.

Family and Friends are invited to a Visitation held at Mighton Funeral Home on Sunday, February 26, 2023 from 2-4pm. A Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, February 27, 2023 at 1pm. Interment in Hanover Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Parkinson’s Society of South Western Ontario, or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated.


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Public Condolences

Kees and family. So sorry to hear of Cec's passing. I remember her as a very fun person. Our condolences to you Kees and your children and grandchildren.

- Luuk & Margaret (Wichers) Balfoort
March 1, 2023

So sorry to hear this Kees my condolences to you and your family

- Deb Albrecht nurse at Hanover Medical
March 1, 2023

To Kees and family we are truly sorry for your loss. Cees truely was a special person. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Fred Wichers
March 1, 2023

I worked many night shifts with Cec at St Mary's hospital. What a wonderful soul. Always kind with great humour and goodness. My condolences to her family. She will be fondly remembered by many.

- Cathy Weiler
February 28, 2023

I worked with Cec at SMGH in the early 80's. She touched so many hearts, a gifted person and nurse. She was just getting into complimentary therapies then and shared with me about therapeutic and healing touch. Memories of Cec will be treasures in your hearts forever.

- Bev Trask
February 28, 2023

Kees and family

We are most saddened to hear of your loss..Our sincerest condolences

- Bernie and Kathy Lawler
February 27, 2023

Deepest condolences to your family during this difficult loss.

- Brenda Ricketts
February 27, 2023

Kees and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. A true angel. The most genuine smile for anyone that she met in life. I am sure you will cherish many fond memories together. You have a great lady watching over all of you. 👼 a true honour to have known one of gods true angels. ❤

- Heather Walker
February 27, 2023

Kees, Brad, Michelle and Melanie my sincere condolences to you all. I have such fond memories of Cec. I was so sad to hear today of her passing. I can remember her laugh and how she was light in any room she occupied.

- Jennifer Coupland
February 26, 2023

RIP CECILIA, i met you in 1988 the first time.And i will always remember you as a very nice person.
Kees and family our condoleances. Magna, Thierry and Sara.

Innige deelneming en veel sterkte bij het verlies van je echtgenote, mama en oma.

- Porreye Magna
February 26, 2023

My deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss. Aunt Cecelia was a wonderful, caring and thoughtful person who never forgot my birthday. She had the most beautiful smile which brightened any room she walked in. She will be missed!

- JD Keith
February 26, 2023

We are thinking of you and your family Kees, with warmest thoughts and great memories that span over 50 years.

- Butch and Carol Harvey
February 26, 2023

You have our deepest condolences in the loss of your wife.mother and grandmother. We were grateful for having Cecilia being part of our family. She was a joy to be around with her smile and laughter. Sending your family our love.

- Floyd O Gerber
February 26, 2023

Sending our condolences for the whole family.
Love Jay, Kelly and Gloria.

- Jason DeMore
February 25, 2023

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Cecilia who was an amazing woman that touched so many lives with her love and kindness hugs to all the family

- Shirley &Charles Kaufman
February 25, 2023

Please accept our sympathies in the passing of your mom and wife .

Cec was a great comfort to our son on many occasions and loved by many. Sorry for your the loss of your mom Brad, Michelle and Mel .

- Jim and Sandy Weber
February 25, 2023

Sending our most sincere condolences on the loss of such an amazing woman.

- Rick and Lisa Zalewski and family
February 24, 2023

On behalf of the Benty's, Lynn and I offer our condolences to the entire family. We have known them now for over 45 years and have many fond memories, especially when we lived in Golden, B.C. and they owned the store in Nicholson. Their home was always filled with joy and laughter ... kindness and generosity is but a part of the legacy left behind in that community. The family loved music and we often jammed together in the "shack" ... the music entertaining all who passed by. Please know that we are praying for God's peace and comfort. Cec will be remembered for her great heart for people and the love she shared so freely. Blessings to all ... Lynn and Michael Benty.

- Michael Benty
February 24, 2023

My deepest condolences for the loss of Cec.

- Kathleen Ireson
February 24, 2023