A resident of Chesterville for the past 53 years, Dina Weren passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Mon., July 9, 2012, following a brief illness. She was 83.
Dina was born in Mill, The Netherlands, on June 20, 1929 to her parents Martin and Gerarda Vloet (nee Logtens). Dina came to Canada as a young woman in 1951 with her family, which included her parents and seven of her siblings. Sadly, she had to leave behind her eldest brother and her steady boyfriend, but her boyfriend Harry Weren followed her to Canada a year later. They were married on April 21, 1953 at Athens. Shortly afterward, they moved to Morrisburg and farmed what was known as the Chrysler Farm near Upper Canada Village. They had their first child, Mary, while working on that farm. A few years later, they bought their own farm in Chesterville where their other children, Peter, Nancy, and Shirley were born and where they settled to build their life.
Dina worked hard on the farm and was always willing to do what needed to be done. She was dedicated to her family and had many good friends. She always had time to share a speculaas and a cup of coffee.
Dina and Harry built a successful business and a good home over the years. They had to stop farming earlier than they would have liked because Harry had health problems, so they sold the farm in 1977 and moved to Greely. As always, Dina adapted well and quickly made new friends there, but her heart was in Chesterville and so after several years they packed up and moved back there to a new house in town where they lived happily until Harry’s passing in 1999.
Dina endured tragedy in her life, but her family was her greatest happiness and nothing was more important to her. She was always very close to all of her children and grandchildren, enjoying their company and doing everything she could for them when needed. She was dearly loved by them in return and they cared for her almost daily after Om Harry passed away and later as she began to lose her eyesight. Each of her children and grandchildren had their own special relationship with her and recently she was very proud to tell everyone that she’d become a great-grandmother when her grandson, Michael, and his wife, Courtney, had their first child, Hunter. That gave her great joy in the end.
Dina was not only close to all of her own sisters and brothers in Canada, the U.S., and Holland, she remained close to all of Harry’s family as well. Even after his death, she often travelled back to see them and had many good times when they came to visit. Dina’s friends were always there for her, too. Whether she was mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, or friend, everyone will always miss Dina.
Dina is survived by her children Mary (Don) Thompson of Chesterville, Peter (Ali) of Woodstock, Nancy (David) McCadden of Winchester, and Shirley (John) Dearing of Chesterville. Her sisters Trudy Vandenburg (late Tony) of Ottawa, Nellie Vanderhyden (late John) of Stratford, Joanne (Robin) Stanton of California and Mary Van Moorsel (late Peter) of Mariatown. Her sister-in-law Lise Vloet of the Netherlands and her brother-in-law Garry Coulter of Gananoque. Dina will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Ryan Thompson, Michael (Courtney) Thompson, Kyle Dearing, Leigh Ann Dearing, Shaelynn McCadden, Daryll (Bronwyn) McCadden, Dan (Karen) McCadden and great-grandchildren Hunter Thompson, Michael, Ewen and Keira McCadden. She was predeceased by her husband Harry, her infant son, Pieter, her grandson, Christopher Thompson, her sisters Jane Smits and Tina Coulter, and her brothers Tony and Garry Vloet. She is also survived by the Weren family in the Netherlands and several nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Mass of ChristianBurial was celebrated at St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Churchin Chesterville, on Mon., July 16th at 11 am, with Father Cosmas officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Chesterville.
Pallbearers were grandchildren Ryan Thompson, Michael Thompson, Kyle Dearing, Leigh Ann Dearing, Shaelynn McCadden and Daryll McCadden. Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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