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“Remembering Wilma and Pete Veldman for their wonderful joyful spirit! They blessed their friends in so many ways. Their gifts to our Holy Cross...Read More »
1 of 58 | Posted by: Rev. David Schlaver, CSC - ME

“Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your mother. Sincerely, The Lakin family ”
2 of 58 | Posted by: Maureen Lakin - South Bend, IN

“Mieke and I visited aunt Wilma and uncle Piet in 2008.Aunt Wilma and uncle Piet showed is many places in South Bend and surroundings and we had a...Read More »
3 of 58 | Posted by: Ewald Nijenhuis - Bemmel, NE

“I was so sorry to hear of Wilma's passing. I have great memories of going to your Mom and Dad's house around the holidays. While there was always a...Read More »
4 of 58 | Posted by: Magda Nelson - Kalispell, MT

“Dear Veldman family,On behalf of the Indiana University South Bend community, I send our condolences for the loss of Wilma Veldman. I had the...Read More »
5 of 58 | Posted by: Terry Allison - South Bend, IN

“Sincere condolences to the Veldman family at this sad time. My thoughts are with you today as you celebrate Wilma's life and her wonderful...Read More »
6 of 58 | Posted by: Wilma Morrison - London, ON

“My deepest sympathy to the Veldman family and friends.. My daughter,Linda Wickizer, worked for Tire Rack, and had nothing but good things to say...Read More »
7 of 58 | Posted by: Carol Albert - Mishawaka, IN

“My condolences. This has been a year of great loss to our South Bend community! ”
8 of 58 | Posted by: Kim Burnett - Vienna, VA

“My condolences to the Veldman family and friends. I hope all your memories are good ones. ”
9 of 58 | Posted by: Rob De Beck - Cromwell, IN

“My condolences to the family. Wilma had a loyal following people who admired her for being kind and in charge. She leaves a legacy of caring and...Read More »
10 of 58 | Posted by: Barbara Kowalewski - Granger, IN

“Wilma has always been our friend as well as our patient. I've always admired her quiet demeanor and her sweet ways. She certainly will be missed. ...Read More »
11 of 58 | Posted by: James Wack - South Bend, IN

“Wilma was my sister who I loved very much. On the farm of our parents we grow up together en had a nice time.Six times I visit her in the USA. The...Read More »
12 of 58 | Posted by: Theo Zents - Lichtenvoorde

“Condolences to the family ”
13 of 58 | Posted by: Daniel McCann - South Bend, IN

“God bless Wilma and she joins Pete in their life together in ever after . Our very sincere sympathies to the entire Veldman family. Wilma as well...Read More »
14 of 58 | Posted by: Chris & Bruce Miller - Granger, IN

“I remember Wilma from my grade school years at holy Family and from working at the Tire Rack. Pete and Wilma have done so many things for so many...Read More »
15 of 58 | Posted by: Agnes Todd - South Bend, IN

“To all of you, our deepest sympathies. This was quite shocking and quite sad. Rick especially had a special place for her in his heart. I enjoyed...Read More »
16 of 58 | Posted by: Mary Kay Barth - south bend, IN

“We knew Wilma and Peter at Christ the King Church. They were always so warm and friendly. When my husband died and then shortly later Peter died,...Read More »
17 of 58 | Posted by: Peggy Andert - South Bend, IN

“I'm so sorry learn of your loss. Her empathy for those around her was a gift and I enjoyed her drive to learn about new things. She will be missed. ”
18 of 58 | Posted by: Susan Warner - South Bend, IN

“Dear Dave ,Linda and family,We know how special your mom was to you and how wonderful, generous and kind she was to everyone she met. We feel your...Read More »
19 of 58 | Posted by: Mark and Terri Burke - CO

“I remember Wilma well as a child growing up with her and Pete doing business with my father Don Grimmius. She was always kind and had a treat for the...Read More »
20 of 58 | Posted by: Dorinda Grimmius Frye - Akron, OH

“Wilma was a very special lady and a dear friend. I was so sorry to read that she died, and on the same I buried my dear brother, Father Ron Wasowski...Read More »
21 of 58 | Posted by: Pat Spychalski - South Bend, IN

“A truly great and special person who I feel so fortunate to have spent a small bit of time with. If everyone shared her spirit we would have world...Read More »
22 of 58 | Posted by: Jim - CO

“My condolences to the family Wilma will be missed here at Tire Rack. Our prayers are with you. ”
23 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“It is never the right time to lose someone and it is especially difficult when they've touched so many lives. What a vibrant and giving soul. My...Read More »
24 of 58 | Posted by: Sara Stewart - South Bend, IN

“My sincere & heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Veldman family! Wilma was a true blessing to this community and her presence will be felt...Read More »
25 of 58 | Posted by: Jason Shear - South Bend, IN

“Matt and Sharon, I was sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My heart goes out to you this Christmas season. I know you will miss your mom. May the...Read More »
26 of 58 | Posted by: Julie Imler Doyal - Traverse City, MI

“So sorry for the loss of Wilma. She was an amazing woman, who we are privileged to have known and loved. God Bless all of you at this difficult time...Read More »
27 of 58 | Posted by: Noreen & Mark Sisko - NJ

“Oh" My lovely Wilma, What do I say. I Loved you so dearly, You were one of my favorite patients at Dr Mokfi's. Such an Angel you were, Always..........Read More »
28 of 58 | Posted by: Laurie Bradley - Edwardsburg, MI

“My prayers and condolences go out to the entire family. I had the pleasure of working with Wilma in placing Co-Op students to work at Tire Rack. ...Read More »
29 of 58 | Posted by: KAY RYBICKI - MISHAWAKA, IN

“Sorry to hear that Wilma passed on. My thoughts are with the family Veldman ”
30 of 58 | Posted by: Joe and Anne Minkhorst - Family

“I join with so many others in gratitude to God for this kind and generous woman who together with her dear husband and family has been a blessing to...Read More »
31 of 58 | Posted by: Tom Smith, csc - Friend

“Love and prayers to the Veldman family. Wilma and Pete were some of the nicest, most sincere, down to Earth people who I ever had the pleasure to...Read More »
32 of 58 | Posted by: Steve Sass - New Carlisle, IN

“When I was in the midst of Hurricane Katrina, Wilma and Pete read of our work there and put the word out to all Tire Rack locations to send needed...Read More »
33 of 58 | Posted by: Sister Laureen Painter, OSF - IN

“I was sorry to hear of Wilma's passing. I have fond memories from my teenage years of Wilma and Pete. Condolensces to all in this sad time. ”
34 of 58 | Posted by: Virginia Ward - Thornton, CO

“To all Veldman's, near and far My heart is heavy. I had the privilege of meeting Pete and Wilma late in their lives as my son Rob dated and then...Read More »
35 of 58 | Posted by: Bob Haddenhorst - St. Louis, MO

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. ”
36 of 58 | Posted by: John Paeplow - South Bend, IN

“A great Catholic lady has gone on to God. A Mass on the "Month's Mind" of 12 January will be offered for Wilma at Saint Andre Bessette Catholic...Read More »
37 of 58 | Posted by: Rev. John Patrick Riley, CSC - OR

“It was a gift to have met Wilma and Pete and experience their many talents and passions for our industry. May they unite in heaven. Friends from the...Read More »
38 of 58 | Posted by: Armand Allaire - Los Angeles, CA

“Wilma was such a GEM in our families lives. She truly touched my heart by sending her many cards whether condolences to congratulations. I admire...Read More »
39 of 58 | Posted by: Diana & Gary Wright - Reno, NV

“So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to your family. -Your friends at the Century Center ”
40 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“An amazing woman. I feel lucky to have called her a friend! Blessings for a wonderful life lived and a gift to our community. ”
41 of 58 | Posted by: Sarah Craig - Niles, MI

“I am so sorry to hear about Wilma's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. David ”
42 of 58 | Posted by: david hudrlik - Los Angeles, CA

“What an honor it was to know Mrs. Veldman. She was such a kind and generous soul. On behalf of all of us at Big Brothers Big Sisters, our thoughts...Read More »
43 of 58 | Posted by: Deborah Burrow - South Bend, IN

“Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, rest in...Read More »
44 of 58 | Posted by: Don & Karen Mathis - Bland, MO

“Wilma leaves a beautiful legacy in creating and nurturing a concerned, loving family and a philosophy of investment in others. She is with her...Read More »
45 of 58 | Posted by: Linda Baechle - South Bend, IN

“Wilma was such a kind, wonderful and generous person and a real inspiration for all of us who had the joy of knowing her. My condolences to your...Read More »
46 of 58 | Posted by: Carolyn Gray Hahn - South Bend, IN

“Marcia and Mark, Our condolences to you during this difficult time.May you carry fond memories with you as you healfrom the passing of your mom. ”
47 of 58 | Posted by: Laura and Connie Feeney/Criss - IN

“A remarkable, wonderful woman who was such fun to be around. Wilma, you will be missed by so many. Sending my very best to family during this...Read More »
48 of 58 | Posted by: Amanda Ceravolo - South Bend, IN

“Veldman family so sorry for your loss. ”
49 of 58 | Posted by: bert prawat - bradenton, FL

“What a BEAUTIFUL woman and BEAUTIFUL family. Wilma was a simply wonderful treasure. My deepest sympathy , ”
50 of 58 | Posted by: Janine Dudzinski - South Bend, IN

“I'm sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. ”
51 of 58 | Posted by: Hayeon Kim - Family Friend

“Our condolences and thoughts go out to the Veldman family. We are sorry for your loss. ”
52 of 58 | Posted by: The Team at DTSB, Inc. - IN

“Tom and Anita, my heart is filled with sadness upon hearing the news about Mrs. Veldman's passing. My most sincere condolences go out to you and the...Read More »
53 of 58 | Posted by: Arleen Coleman - Dallas, TX

“Wilma was a very caring and generous lady. Enjoyed having her at Holy Cross Village the past 2 years. She will be greatly missed. My deepest...Read More »
54 of 58 | Posted by: Michelle Lukaszewski Pendl - IN

“Our thoughts and prayers to your family during this time I recalI several times I was rescued by you Dad with a non functioning car I will...Read More »
55 of 58 | Posted by: Patti (Hauguel) Herman

“My condolences to the entire Veldman family. I hadn't seen Mrs. Veldman in years and had the pleasure of seeing her at a Riley Foundation fundraiser....Read More »
56 of 58 | Posted by: Maureen McFadden - Granger, IN

“I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sorry I cannot attend the services. I wish you all peace in your sorrow.Hugs,Ann ”
57 of 58 | Posted by: Ann Killian - FL - Friend

“May God comfort and bless your amazing family. Our community is so much better because of all that you, Pete and your family have done. You have gone...Read More »
58 of 58 | Posted by: Steve and Erin Camilleri - IN


South Bend – Wilma Veldman, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 12, 2016, surrounded by family. Wilma was born on January 22, 1927, in Vorden, the Netherlands, to Albertus and Maria Zents.
Wilma was preceded in death by Peter Veldman, her loving husband of 61 years, her daughter, Audrey, granddaughter, Allison Edmonds, and siblings, Bertus Zents, Ans Zents, Riek Nyenhuis, Mary Nyenhuis, and Jos Zents.
Wilma is survived by children, Thomas (Anita) Veldman, David (Linda) Veldman, Connie (Michael) Joines, Sharon (Matthew) Edmonds, Marcia Veldman, and Mark (Nicole Schonemann) Veldman. Also surviving Wilma are 20 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Born in pre-World War II Europe, Wilma lived in and through amazing times. She married Peter Veldman in the Netherlands in 1952. Soon after their wedding Wilma joined Pete in the South Bend area, where they first lived and worked with the Sisters of St. Francis in Mishawaka. Later, they moved to the west side of South Bend and operated a variety of businesses with Pete's siblings. In 1979, Pete and Wilma started the Tire Rack with their children, an ecommerce distributor of tires and wheels. All the while, Wilma took the lead in raising seven children and creating a welcoming home for extended family and friends. She was a life-long Notre Dame fan. Wilma will also be fondly remembered for her sense of humor, passion and generosity.
Wilma and Pete were long time, active parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church and, later, Christ the King Catholic Church.
Visitation for Wilma will be at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana on Thursday, December 15, from 3 to 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 16, at Christ the King Catholic Church, South Bend, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Holy Cross Mission Center, P.O. Box 543, Notre Dame, 46556 or the Women's Care Center, 360 N. Notre Dame Ave., South Bend, 46617.
To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.