Winchester Press – obit – Antje “Anna” DeJong
Antje “Anna” DeJong
Antje “Anna” DeJong, a resident ofthe Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault for the past sixmonths, passed away on Fri., Sept. 26, 2008. She was 92.
She was born in Friesland, the Netherlands on Nov. 9, 1915, theyoungest of nine children born to her parents Jan Jongsma andJacobje Baron. Her father was a farmhand and her mother caredfor the children. They lived humbly but had the basic necessitiesof life. Their food supply was taken from a large garden tendedby her mother.
She married Roelof DeJong in May of 1940 when the Second WorldWar was underway and the German invasion of the Netherlands hadbegun. These were very difficult times for all and life was humble.Roelof transformed a rundown houseboat with holes in the floorinto a comfortable home. He built a barn and farmed in the marsheswith two cows, a few chickens, and rabbits.
During the war years there were many people in need and Roelofand Anna responded by caring for a young four year old nephewPiebe whose mother had died. Roelof and Anna’s home was a havento many during the war years.
In May of 1948 they immmigrated to Canada, travelling across theAtlantic on an old war ship, and they landed in Quebec City. Theylived in the Cornwall area farming on shares and then moved toa farm in Aultsville in 1951. The years in Aultsville were verydifficult. They had come to Canada with only a few personal possessionsand a small amount of money, and the farm was in very poor condition,but through hard work and determination they transformed it intoa home. In March of 1957 they were forced to move by the St. LawrenceSeaway construction, this time to a farm west of Williamsburg.
In 1949 they were blessed with the birth of their first baby,Japke. They were overjoyed to have a child as they had been childlessfor nine years. Two years later Anne, was born. and two yearslater Bill. They were good parents, teaching their children loveand respect, and that their purpose on earth was to love and serveGod and therefore serve each other in love.
Anna’s was a life of service to her husband and family. It wasnot easy as she was very busy on the farm. Often, in her youngeryears, she had to fill in when Roelof was at a church meeting,a TCS meeting, or working in the fields. She was patient, andprovided stability in a warm, loving environment. She was frugal,and was ahead of her time when it came to the “three Rs”.She was a determined lady but she was easy going and could laughat herself. She loved listening to and singing old familiar hymns.She was a good cook and her Sunday soup; borekool, stampot, pareltjebrie, and homemade yogurt were favourites. She also made greatcream of wheat, and a delicious dandelion salad. There were alwaystreats for the grandchildren – chocolates, speculaas, and cookeamong other sweets.
In short, she lived a life of service to others. She loved Godand did her best to do His will. She knew she wasn’t perfect butstrived to do right.
She is survived by her children Japke (Ralph) Tibben of RR2 Brinston,Anne (Dean) Keyes of RR1 South Mountain, and Bill (Tina) DeJongof RR3 Williamsburg, her grandchildren Andy (Judy), Michael (Stephanie),and Mark (Amy) Tibben; Kurtis, Ryan (Krystal), and Kristen Keyes,Jodi (Bob) Fetterly; and Billy (Katie) DeJong, and great-grandchildrenKassondra, Austin, Megan, Owen, Hudson, Daran, Samuel, and Kennedi.She was predeceased by her husband, her sisters Akke Paulesma,Dieuwke Bouma, Aaltje (Douwe) Sibma, Weitske DeJong, and brothersWiebe, Johannes, Weitze, and Gerben Jongsma. She is also survivedby many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Tues., Sept. 30 and at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Churchon Wed., Oct. 1 from 10 am until the time of the funeral serviceat which was officiated by Rev. John Noordhof. Interment followedat New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg. The honourary pallbearerswere Piebe DeJong, Bill DeJong, and Dick Verbaan. The pallbearerswere grandsons Andy Tibben, Michael Tibben, Mark Tibben, KurtisKeyes, Ryan Keyes, and Billy DeJong.
Donations to Timothy Christian School would be appreciated bythe family.