VERMEULEN, Trudy (nee Biesbroek)

May 6, 1957 – July 17th, 2014

Trudy leaves behind her loving husband Ed, and her siblings Stien (Henry) Jonker, Andrew (Fay) Biesbroek, Ed (Anne) Biesbroek, Hank (Terry) Biesbroek and Yolanda (John) Bosma. Trudy was predeceased by her mother Fenna (Kok) in 2014 and her father Gysbert in 1993. She also derived great joy as Aunt to nineteen nephews and nieces, and Great Aunt to twenty more.

Trudy was born in Edmonton on May 6, 1957 and grew up in Calgary. She met and married Ed in 1988 and moved to Cochrane, where together they made their home until the present. She travelled the world, and her life was filled with the love of family and friends, and was lived to the fullest.

Trudy was a selfless and loving woman, who has left an indelible and enduring positive mark on all who had the privilege to know her. She will be sorely missed by her husband, her family, her friends and her neighbours.

A celebration of Trudy’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at the Cochrane Alliance Church, 902 Glenbow Drive, Cochrane, AB.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Trudy’s memory to the charity of your choice.

  1. On 22/07/2014 at 6:09 am J.M. Biesbroek Said:

    Best family,

    My deepest sympathies for your loss.

    Johan Biesbroek from Holland

  2. On 22/07/2014 at 6:36 am Bill & Tracey Hickman Said:

    Ed our hearts go out to you, our deepest sympathies to you and Trudy’s family. We will miss Trudy’s smiling face and friendship that we so loved.

  3. On 22/07/2014 at 6:47 am Vin & Ranka Mehra Said:

    A tragedy has struck the Vermuelen household. To those who knew her she was witty, intelligent and above all a genuine kind human being. She touched the hearts of so many people she will be missed…. god rest her soul

  4. On 22/07/2014 at 7:28 am Ben and Wilma Charko Said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ed and all the family.
    Our very fond memories of the times we spent with Trudy will live on in our hearts.
    We will miss our dear friend and are so thankful for the years that we had together, living life to the fullest.

  5. On 22/07/2014 at 7:49 am The Jeans Family Said:

    We are unable to express the depth of our sorrow. Our hearts are breaking for you and for the rest of Trudy’s family. We will miss her ever present smile, and we will miss her giggle. We will miss the great visits, both at your place and at ours, watching her unpack and pack her slippers inside yours, the goodies she would bring, and the care packages she would prepare for our ride home. We will miss her generosity towards, and true interest in each of our kids: the candy packages, gifts and the gentle teasing each time they saw her. Trudy was one of the kindest people we know, genuinely giving and sweet.

    It is hard to fathom now, but time truly does heal. Holding you in our hearts,

    The Jeans Family.

  6. On 22/07/2014 at 10:04 am Rajiv and Sharmila Said:

    Our deepest condolences to you and your families on such a great loss. Mere words cannot express the sense of grief you must be feeling but know that we will be here to help you through this painful time. Trudy was indeed a wonderful person and will be sorely missed and we feel privileged to have known her. Take care of yourself Ed.

    Rajiv and Sharmila

  7. On 22/07/2014 at 8:08 pm Grayce And Art Vanden Berg Said:

    Our deepest condolences firstly to Ed and also the all family and friends who knew and loved Trudy. We had just spoken to Ed and Trudy about their dreams and hopes of their retirement to their new home on Vancouver Island. When we were told of Trudy’s unexpected death it was hard to wrap our minds around this sudden loss for Ed and the rest of the family. We have known Trudy since the time we all lived in Bowness, Calgary. Ed hold tight to the wonderful memories that you made together.

    A Thousand Winds

    Do not stand at my grave and weep;
    I am not there, I do not sleep
    I am a thousand winds that blow
    I am the diamond glints on snow
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain
    I am the gentle autumn’s rain
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight
    I am the soft stars that shine at night
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there, I did not die.

    By Mary Elizabeth Frye 1904-2004

  8. On 23/07/2014 at 6:57 am The Gilmores Said:

    Words fail, so we will not try.
    Our thoughts are with you.

  9. On 24/07/2014 at 5:26 am Richard Blakeney Said:

    Ed, my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family on your loss.

  10. On 24/07/2014 at 8:01 am Daniela and Mircea Toader Said:

    God help you, Ed, to pass through these sad moments. It was truly a privilege for us to have known Trudy, she was a wonderful person.

  11. On 24/07/2014 at 5:26 pm Iain and Lis Robertson Said:

    We are thinking of you Ed in this time of loss and sorrow. Know the sorrow will fade with time, but the love and memories of a wonderful life shared with Trudy will not, and will be with you to cherish always.

  12. On 24/07/2014 at 6:28 pm Terry Broughton Said:

    Very sorry to learn of Trudy’s passing, Ed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time.

    Terry and Marilyn

  13. On 27/07/2014 at 4:57 am George De Melo Said:

    Ed – deepest sympathies & condolences to you & your extended family on Trudy’s passing. Keeping you in prayer & thought during your time of most grievous burden.

    “One by one earth’s ties are broken
    as we see our love decay
    and the hopes so fondly cherished
    Brighten but to pass away
    One by one our hopes grow brighter
    as we near the shining shore
    for we know across the river
    Wait the loved ones gone before.”

    – found on crumpled paper,
    backseat NYC cab – 1996

  14. On 29/07/2014 at 9:37 pm Roy Lindseth Said:


    “Until death us do part” is a little reminder in the marriage vows that even the best in life has a beginning and an end. How well I know the grief and loneliness you have when it happens, but gradually comes acceptance and peace. All thoughts of things you could have done and didn’t do are replaced with thoughts of things you could and did do. You know as well as I do that you are a great guy and thankful for your share of a wonderful episode in your life.

    Un Abrazo;


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