Love is patient – Love is kind
1 Corinthians 13:4
On August 15, 2018, Christine Huitsing went to her eternal home to be with her Lord and Heavenly father. Christine was born in Winsum, The Netherlands on April 17, 1930, to Heerke and Willemtje Heerema. She married her beloved husband Heero on April 11, 1953. Christine and Heero immigrated to Canada weeks later, and settled in the Thunder Bay area. They raised 9 children, and were together as husband and wife for 65 years. Christine embraced the simple joys of life. She loved to quilt, cross stitch, crochet, listen to music, sing, and care for her plants. She was an active member of Bethlehem CRC.
She spent many hours working with Wesway, an organization that provides respite for families that have children with special needs. This was an important job to her, and she openly shared her love to these families. Her kind and gentle nature made her a valued volunteer at the Dease St. Center (now The Gathering Place). Christine and Heero frequently travelled to visit their kids and grandkids throughout Canada. They always enjoyed their time together on the road.
Christine is survived by her husband Heero, and her children Willy (Mike) Folkema, John (Joanne) Huitsing, Harry (Sylvia) Huitsing, Hans Huitsing, Geri (Lou) Kingma, Theresa (Martin) Henny, Peter (Sheila †) Huitsing and Lori Vanlenthe, Angela (Randy) VanKooten, Krista (Al) Roote; 30 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; siblings Jack (Irene) Heerema, Willy (Ed) Grootenboer; brothers-in-law Hans (Tini) Huitsing, Gerrit (Grace) Huitsing; sisters-in-law Barbara Heerema and Jannie TenHarmsel; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Christine was pre-deceased by her parents Heerke and Willemtje Heerema, Jan and Geertruida Huitsing; siblings Henry (Nel) Heerema, Fred (Jane) Heerema, Peter (Ely) Heerema, Trees (Henk) Guther, Arie Heerema, Alice (Herman) Prenger, Carol Heerema, Harry Heerema, Netty (Dick) Kok, two infant sisters; brother-in-law Peter Huitsing, and loving daughter-in-law Sheila.
A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, August 20 at 1 PM, Hope Christian Reformed Church, 1315 Crawford Ave, with Pastor Harold DeJong officiating. Visitation and refreshments will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks for all the excellent care that was provided by Dr. Ek, Dr. Simpson, Dr. Lee, Dr. Migay, all the nursing staff, and home care nurse Erika.
Christine Huitsing will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual dedication service Sunday, June 9, 2019.
Canadian Red Cross
1145 Barton Street, Thunder Bay ON P7B 5N3