Dear NLC members,
The family of our long time NLC member Pieter Koonings, asked us to pass this message along to you. Our thoughts are with Ine and their family.
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our father Pieter Johannes Koonings on January 12, 2019 at age 92. He was the beloved husband of Ine Koonings for 68 years. He is survived by his wife, his loving children and their spouses, Paul and Melissa. Karin and Brendan, Egon and Belinda, and Thomas and Suzanne. Pieter was also adoring Opa to Jonnathan, Jennifer, Nikita and her husband Michael, Tamika and Jason, Evie, Vaughan, Hudson and Mallory. Pieter was born in Surabaya on the island of Java in 1926 and grew up on his father’s sugar plantation before sent for schooling in Haarlem and Hoorn, Holland. He excelled at math and was a tremendous athlete who played water polo at the national level and practiced boxing. His studies were interrupted because of the German occupation and Pieter was forced underground, becoming an active member of the Dutch resistance. After the war, Pieter met his future bride in 1946 in Deventer where he attended the Agricultural College. They were married in Java in 1950 once Pieter had completed his military service in the Dutch Army as an officer of the Public Relations and Intelligence Service. The couple lived in Indonesia for a number of years before returning to Holland and eventually immigrating to Canada in 1955. Pieter and Ine founded two successful businesses, most notably Contempo Colour Labs, one of Toronto’s premiere photo finishing laboratories. They worked side-by-side for decades until their retirement in 1981, when they devoted their life to exploring the world, spending time with family and visiting friends. Most recently Pieter celebrated his 90th birthday in Indonesia with his family. Pieter had a courageous spirit and love of life that fueled his passions and journey through life. He embraced his latest pastime, cooking, at the young age of 80. To the end, he was the ever curious, compassionate and generous soul that touched many hearts.
PIETER JOHANNES KOONINGS
KOONINGS, PIETER JOHANNES It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our father Pieter Johannes Koonings on January 12, 2019, at age 92. He was the beloved husband of Ine Koonings for 68 years. He is survived by his wife, his loving children and their spouses, Paul and Melissa, Karin and Brendan, Egon and Belinda and Thomas and Suzanne. Pieter was also adoring Opa to Jonnathan, Jennifer, Nikita and Michael, Tamika and Jason, Evie, Vaughan, Hudson and Mallory. Pieter had a courageous spirit and love of life that fueled his passions and journey through life. To the end, he was the ever curious, compassionate and generous soul that touched many hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Michael’s Hospital in memory of Pieter Koonings.
Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 26, 2019
Details about a Celebration of Pieter’s Life to follow in due time.
Obituary of Jakob (Jake) Mol
Peacefully passed away, surrounded by his family on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 83 years of age. In Jake’s words,
“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a preserved body, but rather to skid out, having had love and joy with a partner, family, friends, and associates; experiencing good and bad, learning, loving, painting, discovering, detecting, travelling, enjoying scenery, harvesting, fishing, until physically worn out, while remembering the good life, and wishing those left behind the best that future will allow them.
I have had an interesting life, wearing several hats, and have nothing to be sad about, except leaving some of you behind. I started as a young Canadian immigrant at age 17. Creative in art at a young age. Studied art whenever and wherever possible. Supervised an optical production section at age 19. Joined the RCMP at age 22. Married and had two daughters. I joined the Toronto Police Service and worked hard and ethically at law enforcement for 34 years. Enjoyed a great career in Fine Art, painting, teaching and judging, travelling and painting around the world with my wife, artist Pauline Holancin, love of my life.
During the last 45 years I have been painting pure watercolours transparently. I attempted to improve the presentation of watercolours by providing permanent protection without the use of annoying reflective glass or other materials. I believe I succeeded in this effort.
So long to my brother John (Maureen) Mol, my sister Nancy (late Peter) Cahais, and sister-in-law Anna (late Martin) Mol. We have seven beautiful daughters: Margaret (Jan), Adelaide (Peter), Joanne (Ken), Jackie (David), Cyndie (Michael), Michele, and Jane (Erich). We also have sixteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren whom we love. I wish all of them the best in experiencing life to the fullest. Thanks to the RCMP and Toronto Police Vets, friends in the art world, galleries, art schools, CSPWC, TWS, ECOAA, COAA, AWS, Vodka Painters of Canada, all members past and present of the Loforna Rod and Gun Club, staff and volunteers of Southlake Regional Health Care Centre, doctors: Dr. I Soutter, Dr. C. Cho, Dr. S.N. Kassam, Dr. H. Yuen, Dr. A. Gabor and others that cared for me at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre. Thank you all! I hope those who I have known will take part and enjoy the celebration of my life to be held at Madsen’s Greenhouse Banquet, 160 Bayview Parkway, Newmarket on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 2-5 p.m.”
In Jake’s memory, donations may be made to the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket.
Obituary for Wilhelmina Hermina Begemann
Begemann, Wilhelmina “Miens” (nee Bartelink):
BEGEMANN, WILHELMINA “MIENS” (nee BARTELINK) It is with profound sadness the family announces the passing of Wilhelmina Begemann on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Pinehaven Nursing Home, Waterloo, at the age of 88. Beloved wife of Frits Begemann for 60 unforgettable years. Loving mother of Karen Begemann (Graeme Coleman) and Chris (Elly) Begemann. Cherished “Omi” of Eric, Lindsay and Christopher. Survived by her sister Jans (John “Kas”) Kassenaar. Dear aunt of Judith Andreassen and Stephan Orzechowski. Predeceased by her siblings Henk, Dirk and Aletta. Miens was deeply loving and had a great sense of humour. She enjoyed music, nature and camping trips with her family and beloved dogs. She was an incredibly talented watercolour painter and was an award winning member of the Purple Studio Painters of Mississauga. Miens was a well-loved teacher for almost 40 years and an active member of the Retired Women Teachers Federation of Ontario. She will be remembered for her generous heart, wit and intelligence and her devotion to her husband, children and family. A heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Pinehaven Nursing Home for the compassionate care and kindness shown to Wilhelmina. Private cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held in Mississauga in the new year. Arrangements and details will be available at the Henry Walser Funeral Home web site or by contacting them at 519-749-8467. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington would be appreciated by the family. Visit www.henrywalser.com for Miens’ memorial.
The Celebration of Wilhelmina’s Life will take place on Saturday March 2, 2019 at The Unitarian Congregation, 84 South Service Road, Port Credit, time to be advised in due time.
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In memory of
Tim Jan Hogenbirk
August 2, 1948 – May 14, 2018
It is with profound sadness that the Hogenbirk family wishes to inform you of the unexpected passing of our beloved Tim on May 14, 2018. At the age of 69, he left us far too soon. He was a loving husband, partner and best friend to Eveline (Groothoff) and wonderful father to Annelieke, Nienke and her husband Brent. He adored his granddaughters Sarah and Emma and was the best Opa to them in every way.In 1982, Tim and his young family immigrated from The Netherlands to Canada. He remained very involved in the Dutch Canadian community and he leaves behind many friends from the Netherlands Luncheon Club, and the Brampton Rotary Club. He will be sadly missed by his cousins, nieces, brother-in-law and sister-in-law who reside in The Netherlands. Tim loved travelling and exploring the world with his wife of 47 years, tending to his garden, and spending time with his family. There were many plans for further travels because after each trip, he was ready to leave again. Tim was kind and generous with his time and he was always willing to lend a hand when needed. He was a life-long blood donor and since this cause was dear to his heart, please consider a donation to Canadian Blood Services in lieu of flowers.