Winchester Press – obit – Marten Joldersma
Marten Joldersma, a resident of the area for the past 52 years,passed away at Dundas Manor Nursing Home on May 25, followinga lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1921 in Schoonebeek, the Netherlands tohis parents Lambert and Marchje Joldersma (nee Wemnehove). Hewas the third youngest of 13 children. Marten’s father died whenhe was 16 and he helped his mother at home. He met Grietje Heuvingand they were married in 1950. A year later they immigrated toNew Brunswick where they remained for 1 1/2 years. In 1953, theymoved to the Williamsburg area, where he worked for various farmers,on the Seaway, and for Upper Canada Parks. In 1960, they boughta farm in Hulbert, where they raised five children. Marten continuedto farm until 1982 when he and Grietje retired and moved to Williamsburg.
He was an active participant in the Williamsburg Christian ReformedChurch, helping to build the church and establish Timothy ChristianSchool. His number one love was his Lord, followed closely bythe love for his family. Horses came in a close third. He alsoenjoyed reading.
He was a quiet man, not wasting words. He was very patient, aswell as a hard worker. He had a good sense of humor and was agood listener. He was a good role model for others to follow.He will be missed.
He is survived by his wife of over 55 years Grietje, his childrenMary (Harold) Douma of Chesterville, Ginus (Margaret) of Hulbert,Jenny Joldersma of Alexandria, Lambert (Hennie) of Hulbert, andArlene (Sid) VanderVeen of Drayton, and his siblings Lambert (Tinie),and Tinie (John) Deunk, all of Holland. Marten will be fondlyremembered by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.He was predeceased by sisters Jantje Bouwers, Anna Vanderlee,Roseanna Vanderlee, Roelofa Vos, Dina Wiggers, Jacoba Joldersma,and brothers Rense, Roelof, and Mark. He is also survived by niecesand nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg,on May 28. The funeral service was held at the Williamsburg ChristianReformed Church on May 29, followed by interment at New UnionCemetery in Williamsburg. The pallbearers were his grandsons MichaelDouma, Kevin Joldersma, Ryan Joldersma, Matthew Joldersma, NicholasVanderVeen, and Jordan VanderVeen.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or TimothyChristian School would be appreciated by the family.