Maria was born to Joseph and Maria Blokker on June 3rd, 1934 in Rotterdam, Holland.
She grew up during World War II in war torn Holland as the eldest of five children. Maria always had a sense of adventure. She enjoyed the tales and trinkets her father brought home as a seaman from countries beyond Holland’s borders. She often was in trouble for going to the docks to meet her father’s ship.
Maria moved to Canada in 1958 and settled in Eton Rugby. Tales from this time were shared with her family on numerous occasions ensuring that the friendships and kindness of that community would be remembered.
In 1965, Maria was employed at the Dryden Paper Mill. She took her job very seriously and many funny stories were shared about her translations between Dutch and English. She took a two year absence in the 1970s to care for family and returned as time clerk for the paper machine crews. She retired in 1987 and always laughed when remembering her replacement was two people, not one.
In 1968, Maria married her soul mate and best friend Raymond. Together, they cared for their family and community. Maria was an active volunteer in many organizations. Many evenings were dedicated to stuffing envelopes for the MS, Diabetes and Cancer Societies. Her humour and laugh brought a ray of light to the people she visited.
Maria’s “European” way of thinking usually stirred her quick temper. Raymond was very skilled at diffusing the misunderstood interpretations of conversations and Maria came to rely on his tact and diplomacy to help sort out these times. They often laughed about it afterwards. Maria and Raymond spent a lot of time laughing together. Their sense of humour was in sync.
Raymond and Maria started R Pateman Ltd. in 1974 with their school buses. They ran their bus lines for 22 years along with the sideline construction work. Maria took care of the office and paperwork. Needless to say, Maria could put her finger on any piece of paper at a moment’s notice if required.
Maria always made time for family and friends. She was an excellent seamstress whose talents were in demand. Her soups were sought after for numerous events and it was common for people to stop by for a bowl at dinner time to visit and have tea with Raymond and Maria. The coffee pot was always on. Maria’s cross-stitch works are on numerous walls and pillows throughout the community. She enjoyed making them and giving them away. Maria was a very generous person who thought nothing of helping someone out. In this, she and Raymond were also in harmony. Their generosity to family, friends and community was a joint commitment that they shared and enjoyed doing.
Maria is survived by her daughter Marg (Richard) Langlais; her daughter-in-law Lynne Pateman; her grandchildren Mathew and Angela Langlais; Chelsea, Mitchell and Jayne Pateman; her brothers Joseph and Sandor Blokker, and sister Sophia Blokker.
Maria was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Maria Blokker, her sister Elise Blokker; her beloved son, Michael Pateman and the greatest loss in her life, her husband, Raymond Pateman.
Cremation has taken place. A reception to celebrate the lives of Maria and Raymond was held Tuesday, August 30th from 1 until 4 p.m. in the Oxdrift Community Hall.
A private family interment took place in the Oxdrift Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and/or food, should friends desire, a donation to the Oxdrift Recreation Committee in honour of Maria may be made through the Stevens Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 412, Dryden, ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org subject: Pateman.