Anskje “Ann” Leyenaar

Anskje “Ann” Leyenaar, formerly of Winchester and Chesterville, passed away peacefully at Woodland Villa in Long Sault on Wed., April 2, 2014. She was 93.
Anskje Vander Plaats was born on Nov. 11, 1920 in Friesland, The Netherlands. As a youngster, she lost her father to heat stroke, and was raised by her mother and step-father, Dirk Venema. She finished elementary school, and then started working for a farmer and his wife, boarding with them, and working long hours for a meagre wage. During these years, she grew in her Christian faith and knowledge of the scriptures, which carried her through some difficult years.
In her late teens, Anskje met Klaas Leyenaar from Wons, Friesland. They were married on May 19, 1943. In March of 1950, they immigrated to Canada with their three young children. Three more children would be born in Ontario. Their first home was in Toyes Hill, and in 1956, they purchased a farm west of Winchester Springs. In 1979, they retired from full-time farming and moved to Winchester.
Anskje was a hard worker, and enjoyed gardening and tending houseplants. Her hobbies included sewing, knitting and crocheting, and playing Scrabble and dominoes. She was active in church activities, and mission circles, supporting many Christian ministries.
She is survived by her children, Maryke (Piebe) DeJong of Chesterville, Jacob (Lillian) of London, Stuart (Adrie) of Merrickville, Peter (Karen) of Winchester Springs, Annie (Roy) Burrage of Kitchener, and Clarence (Darlene) of Newmarket. She is also survived by siblings Florence Postma of The Netherlands, Fetze (Clara) Venema of Brockville, and Sybren Venema of The Netherlands. She will be fondly remembered by 17 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. She was predeceasedby her husband, Klaas, and her brothers, Hessel, Fekke, Marten, and Piet Venema. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
The memorial service, conducted by Rev. Bruce Kemp, was held on Sat., April 5 at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg. Interment at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg followed the service. The pallbearers were grandsons Matt, Chris, Phil, and Nikolas Leyenaar; and Siebren and Carl DeJong.
Donations to the Canadian Bible Society, or the charity of your choice will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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