WAANDERS – Wilhelmina (Wil) (née Melenhorst)

Born on April 13, 1934. Passed away March 16, 2021.

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Beloved and loving wife of Johan. Loved and loving mother and mother-in-law of Gin and Michael, Marion and Danny (dec), Ron and Angela, Yvonne and Angelo, Gary and Helen, Peter and Rhonda, Fiona and (John dec) and Shaun. Oma to 18 and big oma to 13.

She Was A Real Presence In all Our Lives And Will Be Sadly Missed.




Funeral Notice
St Michaels Catholic Church Church Street, Traralgon
Requiem Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Mrs Wilhelmina Waanders will be held at St Michaels Catholic Church, Church Street Traralgon on Monday, March 22, 2021 commencing at 1.00pm.

Following the Mass, the funeral will leave for the Traralgon Cemetery, Gippsland Memorial Park.

The Mass for Wilhelmina will also be live streamed, to view the live stream, please click here.
  1. Wil was the much loved matriarch of our Family Group at St Michael’s. Many, many happy hours were spent with her and John over the last 20+ years – lunches, dinners, Grand Final day at their place etc etc.
    Our sincere condolences to John and the loving, supportive Waanders family..
    Our Family Group won’t be the same without her, and we will miss her greatly.
    Judi and Martin McLaughlin

    Judi McLaughlin March 16, 2021
  2. A truly beautiful lady whom protected the most vulnerable in our community
    Those with mental illness ,the homeless and in general every day people finding their life was being challenged
    A total champion to those in need
    Totally honest and so so hard working
    Our fondest of regards and deepest of condolences to the Waanders family
    Dr Daz and Toni Ham xxxxxx

    Toni Ham March 16, 2021
  3. Our deepest sympathy to John and all the family

    Drenen Agnes and Bob March 16, 2021
  4. Tante Wil was my Omas sister, my great Aunty. Wil was a beautiful, kind and happy lady. She was extremely loved and she will be very missed ❤️

    Riquita Ashby March 16, 2021
  5. A beautiful lady that will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.
    Thinking of you all.
    Jo Hemming

    Joanne Hemming March 16, 2021
  6. Such a big presence, beautiful woman, wonderful wife to dear John. RIP dear Willy, Adele

    adele catharina byers March 16, 2021
  7. Deepest sympathy and prayers to John and family

    Kevin and Jannette Langley March 17, 2021
  8. RIP my darling Sister 💔
    My beautiful, kind hearted, strong, generous, adorable, funny and the best sister anyone could ask for, with the most beautiful smile. The Matriarch of the Melenhorst family ❤
    You have been my rock and I will certainly miss our chats, laughs and cuddles.
    I will Love and Miss you always darling 💔😪
    Your baby Sis Lucy and Rene 😘😘❤💔😪

    Lucy and Rene de Seriere March 17, 2021
  9. Aunty Wil was a true gem and shinning star and will be sadly missed! Sending all of our condolences to all of the family! So much love to you all!!! What beautiful memories we all have!! All
    Our love Katie Dan and Boys xx 💞🌸

    Katie March 17, 2021
  10. Oma my beautiful Oma,
    You were loved and respected by all who had the privilege of knowing you. The matriarch of our every growing family. You had the most infectious laugh, a smile that could brighten up a room and who could forget those unforgettable Oma cuddles.
    I will always hold on to and cherish the memories we shared.
    Missing you terribly 💔
    I love you Oma

    Love Brieana, Andrew, Regan and Navayah 😘😥

    Brieana Walther March 17, 2021
  11. Our sincere condolences to John and the Waanders and Melanhorst families .Wil was so gorgeous and selfless, and
    we can’t imagine St Michael’s Parish without her. Much love
    to John.
    Peter and Chris Glaubitz and all the Glaubitz family

    Chris Glaubitz March 18, 2021
  12. Wil was a lovely lady with a heart of gold, whose loving care was extended to so many. A stalwart of St Michael’s Catholic Parish Traralgon, where she was well known and loved by all.
    Her sense of humour, her energy and her love will be sorely missed by all her knew her.
    Loving prayers and condolences to John and to all her family.

    Bev O'Brien March 18, 2021
  13. Wil was my dad’s sister in law, she was married to his brother Johan . I met her several times, on her trips to Holland and when my wife Herma and I visited Australia (my brother Ben lives in Traralgon too). She was a warm, caring lady, with a great, open heart. She wil be sadly missed. Our deepest condolences to oom Johan and the whole Waanders family.

    John and Herma Waanders, Haaksbergen, Holland. March 18, 2021
  14. Sincerest condolences to the Waanders family on the loss of your beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother. Heaven has received another fine women

    Lee McKenzie March 19, 2021
  15. Aunty Will
    You are a beautiful lady who always put everyone else first.Thankyou for being there for everyone you were like our oma to all. Will miss your happy and fun loving face around us all love Deb Carey Sarah Mav boys and Chris You will be missed.

    Debbie Johnston March 19, 2021
  16. Our neighbour of almost 4 years. Sympathy to John and family, if you need anything John we’re just next door don’t hesitate to knock on our door

    Ben & Em March 20, 2021
  17. Als laatste bij de familie Waanders gekomen , heb ik toch nog de eer gehad om bij hun op bezoek te zijn geweest. Heel veel goeie en fijne herinneringen aan haar overgehouden daarvoor mijn dank lieverd. Doe ze de groeten en een dikke knuf allemaal aan de overkant. Liefs Ria

    Ria Rupert March 21, 2021
  18. Our deepest Sympathy to John and family on the passing of Will. Every strength and prayers.
    So grateful to have been in touch with Will during the Covid 19, and this year, always so positive and being her enthusiastic self.
    Wil, thank you, for your presence in our St. Michael’s Community and for your Dutch input. Will miss you, and as ‘ons Koningin’. RIP.

    Johanna Sykes.

    Johanna Sykes March 21, 2021
  19. Our prayers and thoughts are with you John and the Waanders and Melenhorst families at this very sad time.
    Rest in peace Wil
    Ray and Corrie Broeren

    Corrie Broeren March 22, 2021
  20. To Ron, Angela and the Waanders family. Our deepest sympathies for your loss.

    Kath & David Kneebone

    David & Kath Kneebone March 22, 2021
  21. Dear John, I am so sorry to learn about your loss of Will. I will always remember the times when I came to visit. It was always a cheery time. Will would set up coffee, cheese and crackers and we chatted about all sorts of things.
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family
    Bill Russell

    William Russell March 22, 2021
  22. With love and thoughtful prayers. Thinking of you all as you farewell a wonderful lady. 💞💞💞
    Love Ivana Kevin Carla and Bronya

    Ivana Doyle March 22, 2021
  23. Thank You Wil for allways being there for me and to talk with You I am so sorry for not being there to sing for You and I hope they can play our C D where we can sing together I love You and I will miss talking to You ,have a long talk to my Marion and rest in peace love always Bother John

    John Melenhorst March 22, 2021
  24. Wil, our dear cousin in law and God mother of our son Anthony Quain. Many years ago we spent very happy times with Wil and family. Wil and her family were a true model for us in the joys of family and faithfulness to God and the Catholic church. We pray for your happy repose and blessings on all the family.
    Chris and Thea Quain, Cookeville, USA..

    Chris and Thea Quain March 22, 2021
  25. Condoleances aan de gehele familie Waanders.
    Tante Wil kon prachtig zingen, ze was met onze
    trouw mis in Holland en heeft tijdens deze mis prachtig gezongen voor ons.

    Marieke, Gerald, Chantal en Matthijs Wildenborg Waanders March 23, 2021
  26. My prayers and thoughts are with the Waanders and Melenhorst families at this sad time. Loving memories of Will are yours to keep and treasure love from Maureen 💖🙏

    Maureen Van Berkel March 23, 2021