In memory of
Maria Catharina "Ina" JONKER
JONKER, Maria Catharina "Ina" November 5, 1923 - October 10, 2016 Surrounded by her family, Ina passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day after a rich and fulfilling life. She joins her husband Herman, who was always in her heart. Ina is survived by her children Karel (Karen), Rineke (Brad) and Michael (Kitty) who will forever be grateful for her loving guidance, support, and encouragement in reaching their goals and life dreams. She was Oma to her nine grandchildren, Katrina, Clara, Geneviève, Heather, Erik, Joe, Christian, Cecily, and David. They were her joy, and she surrounded them with love and clothed them in her hand knit sweaters, dresses, hats, and mittens. Ina was also blessed with nine great- grandchildren, Sophia, Sebastian, Joslyn, Heidi, Alexander, Weston, Emerson, Gabriel, and Ayana. Their arrivals fulfilled her last wish, to become a great- grandmother. She would have welcomed her tenth next year. Ina de Haas was born in Amsterdam and was raised in a loving family. She married Herman Jonker after the war and in 1953 they moved their young family to Indonesia. In 1959 they immigrated to Canada where they made their home near Deer Lake in Burnaby. Ina was a gentle, quiet woman whose strength and determination provided a model to her children and grandchildren. After Herman passed away suddenly in 1986, she courageously assumed his role in their business and earned our admiration as she grew into that position. She was very devoted to her Christian faith and, together with Herman, became a founding member and lifelong supporter of New Life Community Church in Burnaby. She was also a generous supporter of many charities throughout her life. The family would like to express profound gratitude to her caregivers for the many years of compassionate and loving care they provided. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9 at New Life Community Church, 8765 Government Road, Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to Covenant House or the Alzheimer Society of BC would be appreciated.
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