Gerardina (Diny) Groenestege passed away suddenly at her home on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Diny was born in Lierderholthuis, Holland, on January 30, 1932, daughter of the late Wilhelmus and Aleida Smale. She was the loving wife of Arnold Groenestege for 65 years. To celebrate their marriage, they shared their story in a short YouTube movie made by their grandson, Eric: Arnold & Diny Groenestege – A True Love Story.” Diny always mentioned how blessed she felt to be surrounded by her family. But we were the ones who were truly blessed to have had her in our lives. She recited each of our names in her daily prayers. This is us: Aleida & Andy Stinnissen, Sarah (Albert), Mike (Ashley), Eric (Melissa), and Amanda Dubrick (Scott); Bert & Sylvia, Julia (Russell), Kristy Keller (Adam), Dan (Stacy), Kyle (Sarah), and Laura (Brian); Fred & Shelley, Shawn, Doug (Jessica), Becky (Tom), Stacey, and Evan (Victoria); Andy & Trudy, Stephanie, Deanna (Tom), and Alexa (Joe); Gerald & Carol, Tina, Dana (Eric), Jake, and April (Ryan); Mary & Steve Lyoness, Geoff, Tyler, and Devin Nutt (Daniek); Diana & Brad Boersen, Josh (Erin), Melissa Thompson (Reid), Zach (Haley), and Alieda (Ben); Ron & Jeannette, Taylor (Jason), Logan (Madeline), Dominic, and Mikayla; Steve & Nancy, Jesse, Cortney, and Aydrie. Also survived in Canada by 17 great-grandchildren, her in-laws John Groenestege, Joan Diepman, and many nieces and nephews. Diny was the eldest of 11 children and the only one who moved to Canada. She has many relatives residing in Europe and elsewhere. Diny was predeceased by one grandson, Nicholas, in infancy, as well as her siblings Aleida, Hermanus, Tekla, Gerardus, and Hendrikus, and several in-laws, including Jean Groenestege and Henry Diepman in Canada. In addition to her family, Diny had five special passions: gardening, bowling, biking, praying, and playing cards. In her final years, she was only able to pray and play cards, which she did as often as possible. Diny was also an avid volunteer, dedicating many hours to the C.W.L. from the time she immigrated until her passing. She also volunteered as the secretary of Windmill Gardens for 15 years, and she raised more than $100,000 over 15 years of bike tours for the MS Society. Visitation for family and friends will be at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford, on Friday, October 11 at 24 p.m. and 6:309 p.m., with parish prayers at 6:15 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, 4593 Road 145, Perth East (Kinkora) on Saturday, October 12 at 10 a.m. Interment in the church cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick’s Parish Kinkora Building Fund or a charity of one’s choice through the funeral home. 519.271.7411

Service Information

Friday, October 11, 2019
from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m.
Parish prayers at 6:15 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, October 12th at 10 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Church
4593 Road 145, Perth East

St. Patrick’s Church Cemetery

Parish Hall

Memorial Donations
St. Patrick’s Church Building Fund
Charity of One’s Choice


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