illa Nursing Home in Long Sault for the past eight years, Aafke VanderVeen (nee Hoekstra) passed away there on Thursday, June 27, 2013. She was 89.
Aafke was born in the Netherlands on February 16, 1924, the oldest of five children born to her parents Ype and Klaaske Hoekstra (nee Wiersma).
At a very young age she became a care giver within her own family, experienced the excitement and fears of World War 2 and the joy of the Liberation of the Netherlands.
In 1950, she married Theunis VanderVeen and they immigrated to Canada in 1952, with a baby in their arms. They had five more children in coming years.
Theunis and Aafke came to Canada with practically nothing, but they built a life for themselves and their family in their adopted homeland.
In 198, Aafke lost her dear husband and travelled the rest of her journey here on this earth without a partner.
In 1985, she moved back to the home farm and was an important part of her family and the lives of the people she touched for 15 years. Then in 2000, she moved to the Williamsburg Seniors Home and soon after began to suffer the first signs of memory loss.
Aafke loved her family. She enjoyed travelling to see them and made friends everywhere.
She will be fondly remembered by her family for her love for the Lord, her generous nature and her willingness to help anyone in need. She was a very hard worker, who possessed an excellent sense of humour.
Aafke is survived by her children Heine (Bonnie) of Agassiz, B.C., Ype (Gail) of Ingleside, Ykje (Doug) Striker of Agassiz, B.C., Clare (Bill) Don of Smiths Falls, Sid (Arlene) of Drayton and Brenda (David) DeJong of Chesterville.
She was dear sister of Gerlof Hoekstra (Siep), Jan Hoekstra (Reino) and Boukje Grypstra all of the Netherlands.
Beppe will be fondly remembered by 22 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Aafke was predeceased by her husband Theunis, her granddaughter Lori-Ann VanderVeen, her brother Reinder (Nel) Hoekstra and her brother-in-law Jaap Grypstra.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Tuesday, July 2nd at 11 a.m., with James Kooistra officiating. Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.
Pallbearers were grandsons Matthew Don, Josh VanderVeen, Kris Don, Tony VanderVeen, Jordan VanderVeen and Travis DeJong
Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters Jennifer Wagensveld, Helena Kwantes, Debra Vuyk, Jessica Menkhorst, Kristen DeJong, Beth VanderVeen and Erin DeJong.
Donations to the Timothy Christian School would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.