Otto Berends of RR 2 Mountain passed away on June 1, 2003 at Kemptville District Hospital after and two-and-a-half-year battle with ALS. He was 73 years old.
He was born on Feb. 17, 1930 in Lienden, Holland, the son of Benardus Antonie Berends and Klara Willemina Berends (nee van Tuil). He lived in Holland for 21 years. He married Audrey Hoogenboom on Aug. 20, 1951 in Cardinal. They had lived in Mountain for 47 years.
Among his many interests, he loved to travel, play cards with his friends and sing at church. He was a truck driver for six years and he spent 43 years dairy farming.
He is survived by his wife Audrey; and sons Ben (Anja) of Mountain,Jack (Charlene) of Osgoode, Carl (Mary) of Osgoode and daughter Wilma (Mike) Hiemstra of Russell. He was dear Opa of Teresa (Jim), Jason, Amy, Cara, Mike, Ryan, Karen, Brad, Curtis, Matthew, Justin and Alex. He will be fondly remembered by brother Ruth Berends, and sister Klaar Van Ommeren Berends, both of Holland. He was predeceased by his brother Jan Berends of Holland.
Visitation was held at the Grant Brown Funeral Home Rolston Chapelin Kemptville on June 2, 2003. Funeral service was held on June 3 at the Christian Reformed Church, Kemptville, officiated byPastor Ben Ponsen.
Interment followed at Reids Mills Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Jason, Mike, Ryan and Brad Berends; and Albert Koekkoek and Harry Harbers. Honorary pallbearers were John Vanderlee and Bert deHaan. Memorial donations may be made to ALS Society or the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation.