Helena “Leny” Wighton (nee Opperhuizen) passed away on January 27, 2012 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She will be deeply mourned and sadly missed by her daughter, Wilna VanLonderzele and her husband, Alex Wighton. Leny was predeceased by her first husband, Tony Opperhuizen in 1992 and her son-in-law, Moe VanLonderzele in 2000. Leny was born in Hilversum, the Netherlands on December 29, 1923. She immigrated to Canada with her small family in 1957 and resided in Red Deer, AB for the next 35 years. An employee at the Michener Centre for over 20 years she was well known by all the staff as “Oppy”. In 1992, Leny moved to Trail, BC along with her daughter and son-in-law and there she met her second husband, Alex Wighton. In 2004, Leny and her husband, Alex moved to Chilliwack to be near her only daughter, Wilna, to whom she was totally devoted. Her final home was at the Waverly Senior Village where she was lovingly cared for until her passing. We will always be grateful to the Waverly staff for their support, love and compassion during Leny’s illness. Kind hearted, vivacious, loved to sing and dance is how Leny will be remembered by those who knew her. Cremation has taken place. Leny’s ashes will be laid to rest at the Vedder View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or SPCA, Chilliwack.
I lived my life as I saw fit!
I suffered through depression, war and knew hunger!
I cried, I laughed and I loved with no reservations!
I sang and I danced for as long as I could!
I gave it all I had!
So I ask that you remember only the good times!
For life is too short to be sad!
Think of me as your guardian angel until we meet again!
McLEANS FUNERAL SERVICES