Jessie Geurkink, a longtime resident of Brinston and recently of Iroquois, was called home to God. She joined Henry in Heaven on Fri., May 4, 2018. She was 77.
She immigrated to Canada with her parents, and her seven brothers and sisters in 1951. They started Canadian life in Brinston, but only for a brief time, before the family moved to Wellandport. Jessie already had eyes for Henry, and although she left to go with the family, she came back within a year to work for Dr. Locke to be close to Henry. They married May 26, 1961. Once she took on the role of Mrs. Geurkink she was superintendent of the family home. Jessie was patient, she was kind, she was not arrogant, or boastful. She did not insist on her own way, she bore all things, believed all things, and taught her children to love. Jessie and Henry were around each other 24/7 until his passing in July 2014.
After the house in Brinston sold, she lived in Winchester for a year before moving to Iroquois. She quickly evolved into a member of the community. No matter what community she lived in, she made an impact.
Her dedication to friends and neighbours exemplified who she was as an individual. She was never afraid to walk up to a stranger and introduce herself. Jessie was always welcoming and never concerned, worried, or nervous to pipe up and say “hello.”
She loved to visit with friends and neighbours, no matter where she lived. She would often go to the Iroquois Legion lunch on Fridays, next door, across the street for tea, or with her church family from the Community Christian Reformed Church.
For many years she volunteered with Helping Hands, Meals on Wheels, and Timmy’s Place. She thoroughly enjoyed helping a friend or neighbour whenever she could. She hosted Bible Study Group, and was a member of the Women’s Institute and the Friendship Circle.
She will be remembered for her “pannekoek” (aka Dutch yeast pancake), cookies, pies, and raisin bread. Jessie simply had a heart of gold.
Her life will never end. Family and friends will carry her in their hearts, thoughts, and mannerisms for the rest of their lives. God’s gift to her family shaped them in so many ways.
She was a lady loved by her children, Shirley Geurkink of Ottawa, Ron (Brenda) of Brinston, and Brenda Geurkink-Guy (Tim) of Gananoque. Jessie was the proud Grandma of Mitchell, Travis (Katelyn), Adrian (Jess), Kaitlyn (Ryan), Katrina (Jordan) and Chelsea. She was Great-Grandma of Keira and Austin. She will be lovingly remembered by the Evers’ and Geurkink families.
Family and friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Fri., May 11. The funeral service was held at the Community Christian Reformed Church in Dixons Corners on Sat., May 12 with Rev. Brian Barr and Rev. Aaron Thompson officiating. The pallbearers were all six of her grandchildren.
Should you wish to make a donation, Jessie would appreciate them to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or Wycliffe Bible Translation.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com