Andersen, Catharina 'Tina'

Tina Andersen (nee Pieters), born December 28, 1926, passed away November 22, 2021 at the age of 94.

She was born in Zaandam, The Netherlands, Tina was the middle of 5 children. As a teenager in Holland during WW II, she brought supplies to those hiding underground, using her bike (of course).  It was the start of a lifetime of helping and caring for others.

Tina had many adventures in Holland, always doing excellently in school, and started her working career as a secretary.

Always strong and independent, in the 1950’s Tina immigrated to Canada, starting out in London, Ont. She had different jobs including working at London Life, until settling in as an executive secretary at the John Labatt offices. While living in London she met her 1st husband Niels Andersen, who had immigrated from Denmark.  They had 3 children: Thomas, Yvonne, and Eric, all born in London.  In the late 1960’s they bought a one-bedroom cottage on the waterfront in Thornbury, Ont.  In the late 1970’s they built a house on the property, moving from London to Thornbury.

In the Thornbury area, while raising her 3 children, Tina had various jobs. Her final position was as an administrative assistant at the Niagara Escarpment Commission. During that time, after her children became adults, and on her own, she welcomed two ladies with special needs into her home in Clarksburg, Ont.  This was arranged through the Share Your Home program and brought Beverly Johnson and Bertha Criddle into her life and family for many years.  She also periodically cared for foster children in her home.

After her retirement, she moved to Meaford, Ont. and resided with Ralph McPhee who passed away in 2014. She and Ralph enjoyed their retirement years together including hosting friends and family at their camper during the summer and enjoying each others’ families.

In 2019 she returned to London, Ont. in her 90’s and resided at Mount Hope Center for Long Term Care. Tina had loving and quality care in her final years, with her daughter Yvonne visiting almost every day.

Mom had a great sense of humour, but one of her greatest qualities was the caring way she treated those who may be overlooked in the world, as demonstrated time and again in her life.  So, in her honour at 4 o’clock, pour yourself a drink and clink your glasses.

We love you Mom. Signed with love by all of your children, grandchildren, family, and friends. P.S. ‘You made the world a better place.’

Tina’s life will be celebrated at Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. A private graveside service will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

As your expression of sympathy and in memory of Tina and her kind heart, donations to Amnesty International Canada would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to who arrangements have been entrusted.



Saturday, June 18, 2022
Tina’s life will be celebrated at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford from 12 noon until 2 p.m.

Private Graveside Service at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

Donations: In memory of Tina and her kind heart, donations would be appreciated to Amnesty International Canada.
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Sandra & Randy Pyatt
    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

    Dear Yvonne, Thomas and Eric
    We have many fond memories of your Mom when you lived on Bayview Ave, just down the street from us.
    You have written a beautiful tribute for your Mom. It shares with everyone reading it, what a kind and caring person your Mom truly was.

  2. Ann Jarvis
    Thursday, December 2, 2021

    Tina was a special lady. I enjoyed our many conversations through the years when I shared my home with Bev. and Bertha. They truly loved your mom. May you find peace that she lived a good life and gave comfort to many.

  3. Angela Goldsmith
    Thursday, December 2, 2021

    The Andersens were like a second family to me when we were growing up. I will always remember Tina fondly – she was so calm and collected, gentle and kind. And she always made sure there were supplies on hand to make what she joked were my favourite food – sandwiches! She understood and knowingly accepted that Yvonne and I had teenaged adventures to seek and that we didn’t always precisely follow the rules.
    Tom, Eric and Yvonne & extended “family” my heart is sad as I know yours are with the passing of such a dear lady. I wish you comfort and happy memories at this difficult time.

    1. Michelle Rose
      Thursday, December 2, 2021

      Tina and my mom were friends for many years. I have memories of her kind soul.
      Extending my condolences to Yvonne, Eric, and Thomas…
      I know she has a special place waiting for her.
      Yvonne and I were a little … to handle but Tina always had a calm demeanor.
      Says so much about her character.
      Rest In Peace Mrs Anderson.

  4. Kathleen Millard
    Saturday, December 4, 2021

    Yvonne, Thomas and Eric
    Condolences on the passing of your mother.
    We skied and travelled many places together through the years.
    Visited each other here in MInden
    Over by Lake Huron and still growing and spreading one of her ground covers from Clarksburg along with of course tulips.
    All is well.

  5. Heather Cameron
    Sunday, December 5, 2021

    Tom, Yvonne and Eric. I didn’t know your Mom, but I remember fun times with you over the years. Your tribute to your Mom is lovely. She must have been a wonderful Mom.
    I am sorry for your loss.
    – Heather

  6. Norine Baron
    Monday, December 13, 2021

    I knew Tina years ago. We both moved here from London about the same time although we did not know each other in London. Tina joined the local Amnesty International Group (82) and hosted meetings often. It was through meetings, discussions about human rights and action taken that we became closer. It is fitting to invite people to donate to AI in her memory.

  7. Lynne Richardson
    Tuesday, December 14, 2021

    I have fond memories of working with Tina at the NEC. She had a terrific work ethic, kept mountains of work organized and was a great support to us all. She saw the humour in everyday office life, and in ‘interesting’ customers and we would all enjoy her relaying anecdotes at staff Christmas parties and such. She was a personality as I’m sure you appreciate! My sympathies to you all.

  8. Tom Andersen
    Saturday, December 18, 2021

    Thanks everyone for all the messages and thoughts.

    Thomas, Yvonne, and Eric.

  9. Tim Exner
    Saturday, June 18, 2022

    Yvonne, Tom & Eric,
    I will always remember your Mom for her warmth, patience and sense of humour. She was a great Mom to her extended family of us ever-present teenagers years ago — how fortunate to have had her as your own. Wishing you all love and peace from our family.


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