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Jitske Alida (deBoerSap) KNOOPS

KNOOPS, Jitske Alida (deBoerSap) - 8/3/1922-3/21/2011 - “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. . . “ - Exodus 33:15 - Our mum was a blessing to all who knew her: her husband, Klaas, her six daughters and their families, her brothers and sisters, her colleagues and friends. Mum was a vibrant woman of integrity, strength, and courage. Above all, she was a woman of faith, a faith that sustained her during her young adult years in a country suffering occupation in World War II, during the adventure of immigration with her young family, and during the joys and sorrows of her new life in Canada. It was a faith she continued throughout her life as she prayed daily for each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mum loved beautiful things: growing flowers in her garden, setting an elegant table for special occasions, the fresh flowers our dad regularly brought her. She sewed and knitted for her six girls and dressed with style and flair. She loved to sing and listen to music-not just at church but while cooking or doing the dishes, and not just hymns but the popular songs of the day. Most of all she loved her family. She taught us the values of independence, of hard work, of honoring commitments, of seeing a task through. A force to be reckoned with, Mum had opinions, but she was also willing to listen to those of others. During her career as a personnel and then admissions administrator at Humber College, we got to see a different side of Mum-through the love and affection shown to her by her colleagues, students, and friends. At a time when few of the women she knew worked outside the home, our mum embraced opportunities to learn new skills, form new relationships, and grow in a career that spanned decades. Others have described her as a role model. Although dementia made radical changes in the mother we knew and loved, she did not stop teaching us, even though she could no longer communicate clearly or care for herself. Tending to our once-strong and capable mother ushered in a new season in our relationship with her, a season that allowed us to express our tenderness and love as she became more vulnerable. Experiencing the love and respect of caregivers at Shalom Manor on our visits gave us all new insights into what it means to be human, and what it means to love.Today we give grateful thanks for the life of our mother. Survived by Sanneke (John) Kok, Elsje (Rich Klajnscek) Zwart, Doro (Arend) Bakker, Judy (Lee) Hardy, Wendy (Paul) Saunders, Irene Payne, 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by husband, Klaas; son-in-law Hendrik Zwart; grandchildren Pieter Klaas Kok and Samantha Ellen Zwart; great-grandson Jake Hendrik Zwart. The family will receive friends at the TALLMAN FUNERAL HOME, 3277 King St., Vineland on Thursday from 7-8:30pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday, March 25 at 9:30am with interment to follow at Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Institute for Christian Studies. Online condolences at www.tallmanfuneralhomes.ca 9964384
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Dear cousins
Posted by Marijke Meima (niece) On Friday, March 25, 2011
Today you are going to have to let your Mum go, release her to a better place. Although there is an ocean between us and I cannot physically join you I will be with you in the spirit as I have been these past few days. You have made a beautiful obituary in her honor.I too loved tante Jikky very much, it was always joyous to be in her company. Wishing you all the love in the world, your cousin Marijke

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