Johanna Westervelt of 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 survived by children Gerald (Pamela) of RR2 Brinston, Evelyn (Gerald) VanStarkenburg of 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 RR2 Iroquois. She was predeceased by two grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered by 11 grandchildren and by nieces and nephews.
She was born in Zelhem, the Netherlands on March 13, 1938 to the late Johan Geurkink and Hendrika Bosman. She lived in Halle, the Netherlands until she was 11 years old. Her family left Halle by boat on April 29, 1949 to move to Canada. They arrived in Quebec City on May 8, 1949 and travelled by train to Picture Butte, Alberta .In 1950 her family moved to Brinston and she resided there for the past 55 years.
She was primarily a homemaker, but in her earlier years she worked at Coon’s General Store in Brinston. She was an avid gardener and also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and doing needle work. She was a member of Matilda Women’s Institute, Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church, and “Be a Blessing Ladies Society” at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church.
Friends paid their respects at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on May 10. The funeral service was held at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on May 11 with Rev. John Noordhof officiating. Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston.
Pallbearers were Bill Zandbergen, Henry Zandbergen, Bill Tibben, Ralph Tibben, Herman Devries, and Bert Smail. Honorary pallbearer was Lorne Strader.
Donations to the Canadian Bible Society or Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.