Obituary of Frederika Vandonk
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Frederika went home to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her loving family on Thursday January 12, 2023, at Chartwell Westmount.
Frederika has reunited in heaven with her beloved husband John of 42 years. Frederika was a loving Mother to her 8 children Charlie (Lisa), John (Pat), Gord (Sue), Bernie (Marg), Emily, Rich (Julie), Annette, and Dave (Heather).Caring Grandma and Oma to 16 grandchildren, Charlene (Doug), Tyler (Hillary), Emily (Rich), Ryan (Amanda), Sarah, Eric (Samantha), Carly, Tiffany (Trevor), Todd, Nikita (Jesse), JD (Mel), Casey (Graeme), Taylor, Alexander, Caitlyn, and Matthew. Great Grandma to 8 great grandchildren, Ben, Sophia, Zoe, Walter, Lucas, Logan, Grace, and Walker. Brothers Jan (Leni deceased), Hans (Corry) and sister-in-law Nicky (Gerry deceased). Frederika will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, and extended family in Holland.
Predeceased by her parents, Jan and Bertha Blyleven, and her siblings Arie, Netty (Joop), Dick (Meta), and in laws Marion (John).
Frederika married the love of her life John in 1952. They immigrated from Holland to Canada later that year. Through the challenges of building a new life in Canada their strong faith helped them persevere. They lived in multiple locations in Ontario, eventually settling in Kitchener in 1972. They raised eight blessed children, with her staying home to support them. Frederika led a simple, spirited life with her faith as the guiding light. Her church community was important to her. She was widowed in 1994 and remained strong; singing hymns, and enjoying her loving family to the end. We take comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain and is resting with our heavenly Father. Rest in peace, until we meet again. You will be forever in our hearts.
Special thanks to the staff at Chartwell Westmount-Pioneer neighborhood for the love and care they showed Mom during her time there.
Visitation will be held at the Community Christian Reformed Church, 1275 Bleams Rd, Kitchener on Monday January 16, 2023, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Tuesday January 17, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. The celebration of life will be at the Community Christian Reformed Church on Tuesday January 17, at 10: 30 a.m. officiated by Rev. Bernard De Jonge. A reception will follow.
A private family interment will be held at Woodland Cemetery in Kitchener.
In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to Food4Kids Waterloo Region may be arranged at www.erbgood.com