John “Joe” Beltman passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at the age of 76 years.

Born in Holland on June 17, 1936, John emigrated to Canada in 1957. In 1958, he met Agatha Neinhuis and the two were married in Holland on February 10, 1959. 

Following their marriage, John and Agatha bought a farm in Iroquois, and there they raised their daughters, Ann Marie and Karen. 

In 1992, they retired from the farm and moved into town to a home that overlooks the St. Lawrence River. Together they enjoyed many winters in Florida. 

John loved to play cards in his retirement years, and he has left behind many of his card friends including Emmy. He also enjoyed shuffleboard.

John was a member of St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church.

John was the dearly beloved husband of the late Agatha Neinhuis (2001), and dear friend of Emmy Van Adrichem. Mourning his loss are daughters Ann Marie (Robin) Smith and Karen (Donald) Merkley. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Jennifer and Ashley Smith and Derek and Kaitlyn Merkley. 

Also surviving are brothers Gerald Beltman (the late Willemien Haverkamp) friend of Truus Keinhuis and Henk (Mieke) Beltman all of Holland. 

Sisters-in-law who are saddened by his loss are Greta (Henny) Steneker and Corry Neinhuis of Holland, Coby Bols of Russell and Thea Van Dam of Stratford. He will be fondly remembered by brother-in-law Herman Neinhuis of Holland. John is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Johannes and Anna (Oosterkamp) Beltman and  his stepmother Marie (van den Akker), by his sister-in-law Tina (Jan Stiekma) and his brothers-in -law Jan (Annie), Herman (Leen), Frans (Truus), John Neinhuis all of Holland, Rudolf Bols of Russell and Martin Van Dam of Stratford.

Memorial donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or St. Cecilia’s Church in Iroquois were appreciated by the family. 

Funeral mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church in Iroquois with Father Chisholm officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Morrisburg. Pallbearers were Lloyd McMillan, Hans Verbruggen, Peter VanderPoel, John Groniger, Robin Smith and Donald Merkley.


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