DEBOER, MARY: The Lord in His wisdom called home His
covenant child, Minke (Mary) DeBoer of Beamsville in her
70th year, at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby on
Saturday, December 17, 2005. Mary was the beloved
mother of Dan and Jane VanLeeuwen of Alberta, Louise
and Don Dewitt of Manitoba, Jeff and Jane VanLeeuwen of
Manitoba, Ken and Lyn VanLeeuwen of Guelph, John and
Barb VanLeeuwen of Alberta and Emily and Albert
Breukelman of Vineland. Dearly loved Oma of 31
grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Loving sister of
Theresa Reitsma, Linda and Pete Oosterhoff, John and
Joanne DeBoer, Gertie Vanderheiden, Konnie and Ann
DeBoer, Diane DeBoer, Les Van Egmond, Gerry and Nellie
DeBoer, Betty and Simon Breukelman, and Alice and Peter
Lof. Predeceased by her mother Loltje DeBoer (1973),
father Jitze DeBoer (1978), sister Trijnte DeBoer (1926),
brother Melle DeBoer (1983), brothers-in-law Thomas
Reitsma (1996) and Nick Vanderheiden (2004), and sister
Ann Van Egmond (2005). The funeral service will be held
today (Wednesday, December 21, 2005) at 10 am at the
Canadian Reformed Church of Smithville, 330 Station
Street, Smithville. Interment Union Cemetery, Smithville. If
desired, memorial contributions to Anchor Home would be
appreciated by the family and can be made through the
Ephesians 2:8 "For it is by grace you have been saved,
and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."
DE GROOT, JAN (JOHN): The Lord in His Wisdom called
home Jan (John) De Groot of Smithville on Thursday, May
5, 2005 at the War Memorial Hospital in Dunnville. Beloved
husband of Susan De Groot (nee Roorda). Loving father of
Evelyn and Jeff Duck and of Harry De Groot. Cherished
Opa of Melissa, Amanda, Sarah, Caitlyn, and Mikayla.
John will also be missed by his sisters and brothers-in-law
Corrie and Tony Dykzhoorn and Alice and Aurthor vander
Beek. Predeceased by his parents Arie (1987) and
Elizabeth (1977). The funeral service was led by Rev. Fluit
on Monday, May 9, 2005 at 11 am at the Smithville
Christian Reformed Church, 6522 Smithville Road.
Interment Pleasantview Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers
were Brad Fuller, Joe Mous, Martin Bruinsma, Harmen
Bruinsma, Fred Doppelhofer and Ed Heczko. Memorial
contributions to Covenant Christian School or the
Juravinski Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the
DE JONGE, HARM: Passed away peacefully to be with his
Lord and Saviour on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at West Lincoln
Memorial Hospital in Grimsby, Harm de Jonge of Smithville,
in his 80th year. Beloved husband of the late Margje (Mary)
de Jonge (nee Kruid). Loving father of Henry and Rika de
Jonge, Elsina and Dick Moes, Case and Trudy de Jonge,
Grace and Jake Oosterhoff, Marg and Jim Ruggi, Harriet
Hoeksema and Charmaine and Wes Pol. Cherished by his
25 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of
Tini Galenkamp and Bertha Moes of The Netherlands.
Predeceased by his brother Henk. The funeral service was
led by Rev. Dick Moes at the Canadian Reformed Church,
330 Station Street, Smithville on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at
3 pm. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions to Camp Fire! would be
appreciated by the family and can be made through Merritt
Funeral Home. Psalm 23.
DENNIS, HOWARD: Peacefully, with his family by his side,
on Saturday, May 21, 2005, Howard Dennis of Caistorville,
in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Doris (nee Waite) for
51 years. Loving father of Barb and Kevin Cummings of
Stoney Creek and cherished by his grandsons Jake and
Joey. Dearly loved twin brother of Harold and Bev Dennis
of Caistorville. Predeceased by his sister Greta Bird. A
private family service led by Rev. Ted Lydan was held on
Monday, May 23, 2005. Interment Caistorville United
Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the
Caistorville United Church Memorial Fund would be
appreciated by the family and can be made through Merritt
Funeral Home, Smithville.
DICKSON, JAMES: Peacefully, at Henderson General
Hospital in Hamilton, on Saturday, December 17, 2005,
James O. Dickson of Smithville in his 82nd year.
Beloved husband for 57 years of Mary (Molly) Dickson.
Loving father of Al and Lynn Dickson and of Fiona and
Derek Chetwynd. Cherished by his grandchildren
Kathleen, Aaron and Caitlyn, and Sarah, and by his
great grandson Callum. Jim will also be missed by his
sister Betty Blandford. Predeceased by his brother
Sandy Dickson. The funeral service was held Tuesday,
December 20, 2005 at 12 Noon with Rev. Katie
Campion officiating. A private family interment at Union
Cemetery followed. Memorial contributions to the
Juravinski Cancer Centre or Smithville Presbyterian
Church can be made through the funeral home.
DIEK, VROUWKJE: Taken by The Lord at Shalom Manor
in Grimsby on Monday, March 28, 2005, Vrouwkje Diek
(nee Voerman) formerly of St. Anns, in her 83rd year.
Beloved wife of the late Hendrik Diek (1998). Loving
mother of Hans Diek and his wife Rose of St. Anns, and
Minnie and her husband Jake Aikema of Surrey, BC.
Cherished by her grandchildren and great grandchildren
Nathan and his wife Aileen Diek of St. Anns; Stephanie
and her husband Rob Van Middelkoop of Hamilton and
their children Marrietta, Rebecca and James; Cameron
Diek, Valerie Diek of St. Anns; Vickie Aikema, David
Aikema, the late Denise Aikema, Roger Aikema, and
Gregory Aikema all of Surrey, BC. The Funeral Service
was held at the Attercliffe Canadian Reformed Church on
Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 1:30 pm. A private interment
at Melick Cemetery preceded the funeral service. Funeral
arrangements entrusted to Merritt Funeral Home,
FAWCETT, JOHN (JACK): Suddenly, at his home in
Caistor Centre on Friday, September 30, 2005, John (Jack)
Francis Fawcett in his 54th year. Beloved husband of
Pauline Fawcett (nee Turek). Devoted father of Adam
(Beth), Brendan (Danielle) and Sara (Aaron). Special new
grandpa to Matthew. Loving brother of Bill (Cathy), Cindy
(Rick) and brother-in-law of Ed (Adele) and Ernie (Freda).
Jack will also be sadly missed by his many nieces and
nephews, by his special companion "Domi", and by his
extended family and friends. Predeceased by his parents
John and Lois Fawcett. Friends may call at the Merritt
Funeral Home, 287 Station Street, Smithville on Tuesday
from 2-4 and 6-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at St.
Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, 166 West Street
(Regional Road 20), Smithville on Wednesday, October 5,
2005 at 11 am. The family gratefully declines floral tributes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to McMaster
Children's Hospital, The ALS Society of Ontario or
Children's Miracle Network would be appreciated by the
family and can be made through the funeral home.
GEIL, NELLY: At West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in
Grimsby on Thursday, May 19, 2005, Nelly Geil (nee
Olden) of Smithville in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the
late Charles Geil (1980). Loving mother of Martin of Port
Colborne and Charles (Mike) and Lana of Caistor Centre.
Cherished grandmother of Martin and Jessica. Nelly will
also be missed by her nephew Charlie Olden and niece
Dorothy Waller, both of Burlington, and sister Rhea of The
Netherlands. Also predeceased by her other sisters and
brothers. The funeral service was led by Rev. Dale
Massender on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 10 am at Merritt
Funeral Home, Smithville. Interment St. Anns Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the West Lincoln Memorial
Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family and can be
made through the funeral home.
GREEN, FRANK: Peacefully, at Henderson General
Hospital in Hamilton on Sunday, January 2, 2005, Frank
Albert Green of Smithville, in his 70th year. Beloved
husband and best friend of his wife of 47 years, Dianne (nee
Lockie). Dearly loved father of Debbie and Brent Simpson of
Smithville and of Steven and Diane Green of Beamsville.
Cherished grandfather of Jeremy and Krista Simpson and
Simon and Megan Green. Dear brother of Edna Smith (and
the late Leslie) of Caistor, Ada and Don Urquhart and
Frances Kinney of Smithville, and brother-in-law of Jean
(and the late Gerry) Bracey, Jim and Gail Lockie (and the
late Shirley Lockie), Gloria (and the late Bob) Lockie, Trish
(and the late John) Lockie. Predeceased by his father
Frank and his mother Ethel. Frank will also be missed by
many nieces and nephews and by his many friends. The
Masonic Service was held by Coronation Lodge No. 502 and
the West Lincoln Fire Department Memorial Tribute was held
at the funeral home on Tuesday evening. Rev. Dale
Massender led the Funeral Service on Wednesday, January
5, 2005 at 11 am at the Smithville United Church. Eunice
Lung was the organist. The eulogy was delivered by Frank's
lifetime friend, Bill Shrum, and his son-in-law Brent Simpson.
Interment at the church's adjoining cemetery. Pallbearers
were Ron Hunter, Jim Sheldrake, Mike Hornak, Tom Wills,
Cecil Leppert and Alan Joyner. Flower bearers were Jeremy
Simpson, Krista Simpson and Simon Green. Memorial
contributions to the Smithville United Church or the
Juravinski Cancer Centre Foundation would be appreciated
by the family and can be made through Merritt Funeral Home.
Special thanks to Rev. Dale Massender, the VON and St.
Elizabeth Nurses, The Niagara Palliative Care Team, the
Juravinski Cancer Centre, the doctors, nurses and staff of
Ward 395 Henderson Hospital and C Ward of West Lincoln
Memorial Hospital, Paramed Services, and Drs. Suhadolc,
Ellis, Bertothy, Marshall and Ginsburg and the staff of
Smithville Medical Centre.