Venema, Mrs. Jessie (Tjitske) passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Jan. 9, 2009 in the Bulkley Lodge in Smithers, B.C. at the age of 94 years.
Jessie and her husband, Allen, immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1952, moving to Ontario with their three sons. In 1965, they moved to Terrace, and to Smithers in 1997.
She will be lovingly remembered by her sons and families, Henry and Mary Anne of Pembroke, Ont., John of Duncan, B.C. and Robert and Anne of Naniamo, B.C. Jessie will be remembered with love by her grandchildren, Marc and Christine Venema-Hill, Dwayne and Jennifer Venema and Dennis and Valerie Venema, and by her 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Allen, in 1998. Jessie and Allen enjoyed being close to nephew Henry Duursma and his family.
A funeral service for Mrs. Jessie Venema was held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at 2 p.m. in the Bethel Reformed Church with Pastor Lou Slagter officiating, preceded by interment in the Smithers Cemetery at 1 p.m.
If friends so desire, memorial donations to the Christian Blind Mission Canada can be made by mail to 3844 Stouffville Road, P.O. Box 800, Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 7Z9.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the R.A. Schrader Funeral Home, Smithers, B.C., 250-847-2441.
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