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Anna Winkler Prins
  • 86 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 26, 1928
  • Date of passing: Dec 15, 2015
How about some tea!

Created in loving memory of Anna Winkler Prins, 86, born on December 26, 1928 and died on December 15, 2015. With a gift for making all feel welcomed and loved you live on within us. To all visitors please share your stories!  

In Lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Compassion and Choices ( or contribute to the college funds of her two greatgrandchildren Melody and Aubri by contacting Vince WinklerPrins at 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Peter Vroom on 7th May 2016

"For me the Diepenveen house will always be connected with my nephew Bernard Vroom and his wife Minke. In my youth I spent several holidays there with my parents and my sister. After the death of my parents my handicapped sister Pauline was still very welcome. When I married Marjorie she was also kindly welcomed and we stayed in close contact with eachother. Of course we were always kept informed about Minke's daughter Anneke. After the death of Bernard and Minke we continued visiting Diepenveen to meet Anneke and Vince. How nice of Anneke to give us the documents she found in the house that referred to the Vroom-family. We'll keep our many good memories forever as well as her husband and family will."

This tribute was added by wennemar witholt on 26th April 2016

"so sorry to hear of anneke's passing.  whenever we met, mostly in diepenveen but also in michigan, the get togethers were a pleasure.
rita and i send vincent, the children [in law] and the grandchildren our well meant condolences and wish you the strength to bear this loss.

This tribute was added by Frank Hiemstra on 19th April 2016

"Dear Family,
Only today we learned of the passing of Anneke. We are shocked and sad. As expats we lived for some years across the lake from Anneke and Vincent. We have such lovely memories of them both and Anneke in a very special way. When we moved back to Europe we travelled from time to to time to Diepenveen and continued our friendship. Yes, we also remember her for the welcoming words when you entered her house in Orchard Lake or Diepenveen. 'How about some tea!' Her kindness, her warmth, her friendship will never be forgotten. We are sorry that we have to miss the memorial May 8th in Diepenveen as we will be in Japan during that time. Dear Vincent, children, grand children and great grand-children you have to go on in Anneke's way. Only the memories will remain.
We wish you a lot of strenght and we express our deepest sympathy.
With kind regards, Willemijn and Frank Hiemstra (now living partly in Belgium and The Netherlands)"

This tribute was added by Amy Patterson on 6th April 2016

"My dearest Annaeka! As you raised your children your love reached out and touched the hands of their friends .  Many many days I sought refuge in your home knowing there would always be conversation and tea. You had such an amazing talent of truly being engaged and present with the children!  You inspired me to become the caring listening parent that you are!! I feel honored to have known you for so many years-you are one in a million!!"

This tribute was added by James Gealy on 9th January 2016

"Anneke, you introduced me to Dutch culture and taught me all the Nederlands I know. Mostly food words, since you knew the path to a young man's heart was through his stomach. Varken, eend, boerenkaas, komijnekass, pannenkoek, oliebollen, spek, slag room, stroopwaffel, and of course my all time favorite - krentenbollen. You so enriched my family's life. We are forever grateful. We love you, Oma."

This tribute was added by Carlos Gayles on 7th January 2016

"Our families go back to Pontiac General Hospital times when I (Carlos)
was an intern/resident and Vincent was a staff physician. Our children
grew up together.  Anna had a wonderful smile. She bathed us with her
happiness. She is remembered. We pray. We mourn with you.
The Gayles Family - Carlos, Cynthia, Sonja, Carol, Stephanie, Richard."

This tribute was added by Kathryn Rizza on 3rd January 2016

"Our Oma, the first time I met you you greeted me with love, hugs, and belly pokes since I was pregnant with your first great grand child Melody. From that day on you called me Family and we shared food off my plate, literally. It was lovely and every visit you made me feel so welcomed and cared for me like I was one of your own children. Well, I am forever one of your own child / family. I love you and will always have that warm smile and belly pokes with me, telling me what a wonderful mother I am, coming from a wonderful mother herself! My Oma! I love you and one day we will see each other again to share a meal off a plate of ours. Your Katie."

This tribute was added by Erica Nol on 2nd January 2016

"So sad to learn of the loss of Anna. She was the kindest person I knew..and so especially kind to my mother, Hendrika Heynes.

So many memories but always Anna had a lovely smile. Love, Erica Nol"

This tribute was added by Robert Hall on 2nd January 2016

"Anna, the day seemed just a little duller without your shining light. Where ever you are I know that it is just a little brighter there and we are missing you so much. Love from Carol, Robert, Caroline and Jean-Christophe."

This tribute was added by Vince WinklerPrins on 30th December 2015

"A voicemail left by Bob Barron for Maurits WP as leadup to a phone conversation:

. . . . . . . . . Ann was always a bulwark of sanity and just one of the nicest ladies and what we hope all mothers would be like ."

This tribute was added by Dolores Burdick on 29th December 2015

"Ann, you were the best neighbor in the world.  Our children grew up together.  You and I met for lunch at those "great" Pontiac restaurants, where we gossiped about life and politics, and poured out our hearts as fellow-mothers.  And I shall never forget the time my son John and I visited you and your mother in Diepenveen!  You enriched my life, dear Ann...  Love, Dolores"

This tribute was added by Vince WinklerPrins on 27th December 2015

"You loved candles and having tea - especially with ginger cookies.  I will forever associate those items with you!  Love you mam.

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