The family of Audrey van Zuiden gathered in Calgary Monday for a celebration of life for the 80-year-old, who was found dead in her Rideau Park home Oct. 4.
Audrey’s husband, Sigfried “Fred” van Zuiden, has been charged with second-degree murder. Family members say he suffers from dementia; a diagnosis forensic psychiatrist Dr. David Tano echoed in court.
“My sister Josephine and I are naturally saddened by our sister Audrey’s untimely and tragic death,” reads a statement from Victor Brent and Josephine Tucker, brother and sister to Audrey. “However, we fully appreciate that this was wholly a consequence of a hideous illness.
“None of her family bears any ill-feeling towards Fred. We accept that it was a tragic accident, the sad consequence of a little understood condition.”
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Brent and Tucker live in the United Kingdom. In the statement, they remembered Audrey as “exuberant and enthusiastic” in a Skype call a few days prior to her death.
“Our sister Audrey and her husband Fred enjoyed a long, fruitful and happy marriage here in her beloved home of Calgary. They were a devoted and inseparable couple.”
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Anyone who wishes to share tributes online can visit the funeral home’s obituary page for Audrey here.
“Today we are celebrating the life of Audrey together with her dearest friends from all realms of her life,” reads the statement from her siblings. “Our thoughts will also be for Fred and his future wellbeing.”
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