John “Joe” Beltman
John “Joe” Beltman passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thurs., Oct. 4, 2012. He was 76.
He was born in Holland on June 17, 1936. He immigrated to Canada in 1957, met his wife, Agatha, in 1958, and returned to Holland, where they were married on Feb. 10, 1959. He and Agatha bought a farm in Iroquois, and there they raised their two daughters. In 1992, they retired from the farm and moved into town overlooking the St. Lawrence River. 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 playing shuffleboard, and was a member of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church.
Joe was the dearly loved husband of the late Agatha Neinhuis (2001). He was the dear friend of Emmy Van Adrichem. Mourning his loss are daughters Ann Marie (Robin) Smith, and Karen (Donald) Merkley. He will be missed by his grandchildren: Jennifer and Ashley Smith; and Derek and Kaitlyn Merkley. He is survived by his brothers, Gerald (the late Willemien Haverkamp), friend of Truus Keinhuis, and Henk (Mieke), all of Holland. Saddened by his loss are sisters-in-law Greta (Henny) Steneker, and Corry Neinhuis, all of Holland, Coby Bols of Russell, and Thea Van Dam of Stratford, and brother-in-law Herman Neinhuis of Holland. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Johannes and Anna (Oosterkamp) Beltman and Marie (van den Akker), as well as sister-in-law Tina (Jan Stiekma), brothers-in-law Jan (Annie), Herman (Leen), Frans (Truus), John Neinhuis, all of Holland, Rudolf Bols of Russell, and Martin Van Dam of Stratford.
The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church with Father Chisholm officiating, followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Morrisburg. The pallbearers were Lloyd McMillan, Hans Verbruggen, Peter VanderPoel, John Groniger, Robin Smith, and Donald Merkley.
Memorial donations made to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital or St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church were appreciated by the family.
The arrangements were entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois (613-652-4452).