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Mr. Antonius Eugeni "Tony" Lefeber

Died: October 29, 2017

Antonius Eugeni Lefeber, on October 29, 2017 at age 93, passed peacefully into heaven to join his loving family.  He was born in Lisse, Holland on January 29, 1924 and is the son of the late Antonius and Ludmila Lefeber.

 

He grew up with his brother Nicholas and two sisters, Natalie and Riet in Holland. Hi…read more

Antonius Eugeni Lefeber, on October 29, 2017 at age 93, passed peacefully into heaven to join his loving family.  He was born in Lisse, Holland on January 29, 1924 and is the son of the late Antonius and Ludmila Lefeber.

 

He grew up with his brother Nicholas and two sisters, Natalie and Riet in Holland. His family life was altered by the Nazi invasion in 1940. At age 16, he received a letter in German telling him to report to the train station with several weeks of clothing. He got on the train not knowing where it was going and then followed his instinct and decided to jump leaving his duffel bag behind so the German soldiers would think he was still on board. For four years he lived in the countryside helping hide people of the Jewish faith and helping shot down British pilots return back home.

 

Once the war was over, Tony and his brother Nick, moved to Hendersonville, N.C.  and started a successful flower growing business that lasted 30 years. He met his beautiful wife, Anne, on a blind date that led to a very happy marriage that lasted 54 years.

 

His life experiences and his joy in serving others motivated him to found The Ministry to the Sick and Homebound at Immaculate Conception Church in Hendersonville, N.C. 40 years ago. He personally ministered to 1,500 homebound people and recruited 50 lay ministers. Dr. Collin Thomas, the current director of the organization and dear friend, was quoted in an article saying “I think it’s far the best organized and smoothest functioning ministry of the sick that I’ve ever been involved with.”

 

Tony loved to give to others and was quoted in an article by Katy Nelson “It’s payback time for me. The Good Lord has done a whole lot of wonderful things for me. He has blessed me very well. So, it’s my time to try to pay back a little.”

 

He is survived by the love of his life and best friend, wife of 54 years, Anne Lefeber. He also leaves behind 8 nieces and nephews that adore him and remember his kind and humorous words that created beautiful childhood memories.

 

It is our turn now to pay tribute to a wonderful man.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017 in the Sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Church in Hendersonville, N.C. with a reception to follow at 4:00 p.m in St. Francis Room.

 

A private graveside service will be held at Oakdale Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel, a Rosary service will begin at 5:00 p.m.

 

The family wishes to extend a special thank you for all the prayers and love during this difficult time.

 

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Home

125 S. Church Street
Hendersonville, NO 28793

Service Information

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm

Sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

208 7th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NO 28791

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