Winchester Press – obit – Johanna WesterveltJohanna Westervelt Johanna Westerveltof RR2 Brinston passed away at home on May 8, 2005. She was 67.
She was the wife of Gerrit Westervelt whom she married on Sept.2, 1960 at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church. She is survivedby children Gerald (Pamela) of RR2 Brinston, Evelyn (Gerald) VanStarkenburgof Pembroke, Margaret Westervelt at home, John (Jana) of RR2 Brinston,Martin (Trudy) of Boucks Hill, and Calvin (Sheila) of Grand Rapids,Michigan. She is also survived by brothers and sisters Grace (James)Kolff of Iroquois, Arie (Janny) Geurkink of RR2 Iroquois, Henry(Jessie) Geurkink of Brinston, and John (Coral) Geurkink of RR2Iroquois. She was predeceased by two grandchildren. She will befondly remembered by 11 grandchildren and by nieces and nephews.
She was born in Zelhem, the Netherlands on March 13, 1938 to thelate Johan Geurkink and Hendrika Bosman. She lived in Halle, theNetherlands until she was 11 years old. Her family left Halleby boat on April 29, 1949 to move to Canada. They arrived in QuebecCity on May 8, 1949 and travelled by train to Picture Butte, Alberta.In 1950 her family moved to Brinston and she resided there forthe past 55 years.
She was primarily a homemaker, but in her earlier years she workedat Coon’s General Store in Brinston. She was an avid gardenerand also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and doing needle work.She was a member of Matilda Women’s Institute, Williamsburg ChristianReformed Church, and “Be a Blessing Ladies Society”at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church.
Friends paid their respects at the Marsden and McLaughlin FuneralHome in Williamsburg on May 10. The funeral service was held atWilliamsburg Christian Reformed Church on May 11 with Rev. JohnNoordhof officiating. Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemeteryin Brinston.
Pallbearers were Bill Zandbergen, Henry Zandbergen, Bill Tibben,Ralph Tibben, Herman Devries, and Bert Smail. Honorary pallbearerwas Lorne Strader.
Donations to the Canadian Bible Society or Winchester DistrictMemorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.