Marie (Hendriks) Bontje, Greenwood Court, Stratford, died Sept. 11, in her 98th year. She was born in The Netherlands, the second oldest in a family of 4 girls and 8 boys, all of whom predeceased her except Louise Savelberg of Kingston, and brother Jan Hendriks of The Netherlands.

Marie’s beloved husband, Cornelius Bontje, died in 1984. Marie and Cor immigrated to Canada in 1954, where they made a new home for their two daughters in Stratford.

Marie is survived by daughter Jay & husband Rich Thistle, their children, Trudi and husband Dave Barrett, sons Drew and Flynn, and Dr. Shawn Thistle and wife Katie, sons Calvin and Everett.

Also survived by daughter Ginger Lightheart whose husband Will died in 2008, and their children Jeff Lightheart and wife Nancy, daughters Sophie, Emily and Clara, their daughter Jennifer and her sons Logan and Connor, daughter Caroline and husband Rod Fry, their son Spencer,

daughter Ashley and husband Patrick Rosignol, children Cole and Leni.

Marie’s 27 year career as a Registered Nursing Assistant (RNA) at Stratford General Hospital fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse and gave her deep personal satisfaction until she retired at age 65.

She put in many years of volunteer hours as a first-aid provider with the St. John Ambulance Brigade and the Emergency Measures Organization of Perth County as a make-up artist, staging mock disasters for first-responder training events.

She was an active member of St. Joseph Church Catholic Women’s League, before and after her retirement and also sang in the funeral choir until blindness prevented her from enjoying those pursuits.

She and Cor enjoyed their extended family of Bed and Breakfast guests who stayed with them for more than 30 years, and after Cor died she continued to welcome them until moving to Greenwood in 2009.

Marie loved life and a good party. She worked hard at contributing to her community, loving and supporting her family and friends and in return she was the recipient of much love.

The family wants to thank the dedicated Nurses and PSWs at Greenwood, Dr. Paul Weir and Dr. Peter Hodes for the kindness and care they gave her during her years living in her apartment, The Loft and in The Colonial.

She will be deeply missed. A private family burial will be held.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC), or a charity of one’s choice, through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411, would be appreciated.

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