Bonnie Hovius ~ went home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, at Ritz Lutheran Villa, Mitchell, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in her 97th year. Boukje ‘Bonnie’ (Wierenga) Hovius was reunited with her loving husband Lijkel ‘Leo’ Hovius, who predeceased her on February 21, 2018 after 70 years of marriage.
Mother of Pat and Murray Koetsier of Harriston, and Jack and Anna Hovius of R.R.4, Listowel, and mother-in-law of John Wassenaar of Thunder Bay.
Grandmother of Dave and Vicki Wassenaar of Thunder Bay, Richard and Kerry Wassenaar of Ottawa, Jim Wassennaar of Calgary, AB, Barbara Wassenaar of Ottawa, Andrea and Tim Bootsma of Harriston, Carolyn and Keith Giesbrecht of Clive, AB, Sharon and Craig Miedema of St. George, Jeff Koetsier of Harriston, Brenda and John Brouwer of Troy, Kevin and Samantha Koetsier of Gorrie, Cara Hovius of Toronto, Alanda and Ted Fuller of St. Mary's, Jason Hovius of Ethel, and Heather Hovius of Listowel.
Great-grandmother of Taylor, Isaac, and Heidi Wassenaar, Austin, Jordan, and Luke Bootsma, Cayden Giesbrecht, Cameron, Josiah, and Zachary Miedema, Faith, Cor, Noelle, and Annie Brouwer, Leo and Rowan Koetsier, and Aaron and Caleb Fuller.
Survived also by her sister Marguerite Dykman of Surrey, B.C., 1 brother-in-law, and 3 sisters-in-law.
Predeceased by her daughter Shirley Wassenaar, infant sister Menke Wierenga, brothers Minze, Harm, Hendrick, Jacob, and Berend Wierenga, sisters Tine van Dalen, and Menke van Gelder, and by 3 sisters-in-law and 3 brothers-in-law.
Bonnie was born in Grootegast, in the Netherlands, and grew up in a lively and busy family with 5 brothers and 3 sisters in that same town.
Although her teenage years included the depression and the tumultuous war years, in the optimism of youth she married in 1948 a young farmer, Leo (Lijkel), and they immigrated to Canada a few weeks later on a grand, new adventure. They lived in various parts of Ontario and during this time their three children were born.
Their life long dream of owning a farm came true when they bought a farm on the second of Elma near Listowel. After 21 good years on the farm they moved into town where they enjoyed their retirement for over 30 years. Last year they moved to the Ritz Lutheran Villa in Mitchell.
Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held from Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Listowel on Tuesday, April 10th at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Ralph Wigboldus officiating.
Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.
Memorial donations to World Renew would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be left at www.eatonfuneralhome.ca