VAN LIERE, Michael

Posted: October 2nd, 2017


MICHAEL DAVID VAN LIERE, beloved son of Peter and Camelia (Sturz) Van Liere, was born on December 16, 2004 in Lethbridge and went to his heavenly home to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the age of 12 years.

Along with his parents, Michael is lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his siblings, Timothy Van Liere and his daughter Aurora, Christina (Blair) Sperling, Matthew and Naomi Van Liere; grandparents, John and Nellie Van Liere of Coaldale, and Constantin and Florica Sturz of Oradea, Romania, as well as numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and niece.

On Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017, Michael was diagnosed with a mixed germ cell tumor located on his brain stem that was inoperable. He went through chemo and a debulking surgery as well as two further surgeries for shunts. He was the bravest little boy. He attended R.I. Baker Middle School in Coaldale, where he was loved by his teachers and friends.

Michael grew up on an acreage. He loved animals and as of late, really connected with his German Shepherd. Michael loved being outdoors, riding his bicycle, unicycling, skateboarding, RipStiking and snowboarding. Michael also loved woodworking, building things with Lego and solving the Rubik’s Cube. His last project was building a fidget spinner. Michael was especially close to his youngest niece, Aurora and she will dearly miss her special time with him.

Michael had a contagious smile, a great sense of humour and a heart of gold. He was intrigued by cars and knew them all by name. He also loved travelling, having visited Disneyland and SeaWorld in California, numerous countries in Europe and Hawaii.

Michael loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus. He wanted to attend church every opportunity he had. Michael also loved to be involved with his church youth groups.

Our family does not have enough words to express our thanks to everyone who has supported us through this difficult journey: Our family, friends and church family, Burger Baron, the Lethbridge Bulls, Street Wheelers Car Club, Alvin Reinhart Fritz Architect Inc., Green Haven Tree Farm, Ashcroft Master Builders, H Bar Rock, Murray Farms, Panda Flowers, R.I. Baker Middle School and numerous other businesses, as well as the Pemmican Lodge staff. We are incredibly humbled by your generosity and kindness.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects during a Visitation at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 2:30 to 4:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at VICTORY CHURCH, 1 Mile East of Lethbridge on Hwy #3, on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Wayne Boersma officiating.

Following the Funeral Service, Michael will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB, T3B 6A8 or to the Ronald McDonald House, 111 West Campus Place N.W., Calgary, AB, T3B 2R6.

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