Grace Holtrop, beloved wife of the late Bob Holtrop, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at the Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale, Alberta, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
Grace was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her happiest moments were when she was surrounded by her family. She enjoyed having a game of Canasta or Skip-Bo and going bowling. Her greatest joy was when she held her grandchildren and great grandchildren on her lap. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her and by those who had the opportunity to meet and care for her. Born, raised and educated in Holland, the late Grace Holtrop married her sweetheart, Bob, on May 1, 1952 in Holland and immigrated to Southern Alberta with her young family in 1955. In 1959 she moved to Coaldale, where she resided until her passing.
Grace is survived by her one son Jim (Deb Beringer) Holtrop; five daughters Wilma (Doug) Fujita, Shirley (Rob) Den Braber, Annie Van Herk, Jeanette (Barry) Bigford, and Teresa Holtrop; 16 grandchildren Tammy (Jon) Orsak, Kyle (Marta Bolek) Fujita, Ryan (Janine) Den Braber, Tania (Collin) Appelt, Cara (Keith) Townsend, Tony (Lysa) Van Herk, Jolene (Brody) Allen, Michelle (Peter) Vanderwekken, Danielle (Zach Delday) Van Herk, Robert Holtrop, Jordan Holtrop, Jeremy (Christine Irwin) Van Braak, Jessica (Steve) Smith, James (Lisa) Van Braak, Sarah (Blake Thompson) Reierson, Rylan Reierson and 17 great grandchildren; her siblings Peter (Hazel) Sandstra, Mike (Lila) Sandstra, Marvin (Wilma) Sandstra, Jenny (Wayne) Wright and Sid (Jeanette) Sandstra; her stepsiblings (Mary) DeJong, Jan (Joan) DeJong, Magda (Jim) Dykstra, Johan (Marian) DeJong, Joanne (Curt) Rozendaal, Tony DeJong, and Henry (Linda) DeJong. Grace is also survived by many nephews and nieces.
Grace was predeceased by her husband Bob (1974); sons Ernie (1979) Sidney (1980); granddaughter Sherri Den Braber (1986); and son-in-law Lorne Reierson (2018); father Ulbe, mother Willemke, stepmother Johanna, sisters Tryntje and Ann, brother Henry, sister-in-laws Wilma and Nellie, brother-in-law Ed; stepbrothers Gerald and Dick.
Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects at 7:00pm, on Monday, April 8, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPELS, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPELS, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Pastor Brian Kuyper, officiating.
A Private Family Interment was held prior in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2P5.
Canadian Cancer Society
200, 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary AB T2E 2P5