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Tjeerd “Jerry” Ytsma

YTSMA, Tjeerd “Jerry” - Passed away peacefully at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham Campus, on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 in his 96th year. Jerry was born in Assen, the Netherlands in 1922; son of the late Tjeerd Ystma and Trijntje Zwarts. He immigrated to Chatham, Ontario in 1954 and married Cornelia Lea Ytsma (nee Nicolai) in 1954. Survived by his three sons Ron and his wife MaryLynn, Harold and his Partner Wilma Wilmott, and Michael and his wife Diana, all of Chatham. Predeceased by his brothers Jelle (1989), Anne (2006), Frans (2009) all of the Netherlands, and Albert (2010) of Chatham, Ontario. Sadly missed by his four grandchildren Matthew (Tanya), Sarah (Brian), Chad (Ferren), and Cory. Great Opa to Hailey, Nathan, Olivia, Emily, Maximus, and Landen. He was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, Chatham. Mr. Ytsma serve with the Dutch army in Indonesia. Jerry was employed for 30 years at Lloyd Bag Factory, up until his retirement in 1988. For 12 years Jerry was a volunteer driver for the Meals on Wheels program. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the 4th Floor Chronic Care Ward, and good friend Dave Van Eyk for the many visits. Friends and family will be received at DENNING’S OF CHATHAM (519-352-2390), 4 Victoria Avenue, on Friday, April 13th, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. The Funeral Service will be held at First Christian Reformed Church, 25 Tweedsmuir Avenue East, on Saturday morning at 11am. Pastor Nathaniel Van Denend officiating. Interment to follow in Maple Leaf Cemetery. Donations to the Chatham Christian School – Transportation Fund, or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at www.chathamfuneralhome.com13266932
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Posted by Jack Grin (Family friend) On Sunday, April 15, 2018
Late this past week I spoke with my father William about Jerry & Lea & how I remembered their wedding (the confetti & the long string of empty tin cans attached to the back of their car) though I was only 3 years old then. My father was unaware of Jerry's passing & I only found out an hour ago. When I was a child I always called Jerry "Uncle Drerry" because I couldn't pronounce his name correctly. Had I known I would have attended the visitation/funeral. Sincere condolences to the Ytsma family.
Ron & Family
Posted by Jim & Caren Fisher (Friend) On Friday, April 13, 2018
Sorry to hear of your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
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Posted by Bill & Jean Aitken (Family Friends) On Thursday, April 12, 2018
We are very saddened to here of Jerry's passing. our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

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