DEIGHTON, Beatrix Amalia (Scharrenburg – Vodegel)

July 26, 1938 – September 12, 2022

Beloved wife of Rudolph Deighton for 64 years. Beautiful and caring mother to Alice (Brian), Bridget (Pat) and Rudy (Brenda). Adoring grandmother to Greg (Stacey), Chris (Heather), Brianne (Jordon), Alexis (Paul), Miles, Holly, Dan and Tessa. Doting great-grandmother to Ethan, Brinley, Alley, Leah, James and Hannah. Cherished sister to Mary and Heddy (both predeceased) and sister-in-law “Trix” to Till (Jan – both predeceased), Victoria (Jan – predeceased), Karel (Betty), Eveline (Jan), Bea (Bert) and Chuck (Janice).

Born 1938 in Batavia (now Jarkarta, Indonesia) to Geraldine (Dientje) Vodegel and Aalbert Scharrenburg, Bea lost her mother and baby sister Erna at the age of just two. She and older sister Mary were subsequently raised in an orphanage by Ursuline nuns. Ten years later, Bea and Mary’s widowed stepmother Juul Scharrenburg adopted them and, together with thousands of other Dutch Indo people, the new family left by ship for the Netherlands, a cold, distant and unfamiliar land.

After finishing her schooling as a nurse, Bea met fellow Indo Rudy in 1957. They were married in Delft in 1958 and welcomed their first child Alice in 1959. Shortly thereafter, they made the brave move to leave the Netherlands, immigrating to Canada in 1961. Bea and Rudy’s first years as Canadians were spent in London, Ontario, before finally moving their home (with two more children in tow) to Stratford in 1970, where they would live for over 50 years. During that time, Bea worked for 25 years as an expediter at Novatronics, volunteered with the Hospital Auxiliary, avidly swam at the YMCA, and participated in charity work, including the March of Dimes. She also made time to visit residents of the local long-term care home. Bea enthusiastically attended the Stratford Festival Theatre productions and was always happy to donate. At home, she loved her mahjong and crossword puzzles and working in the garden, ensuring that her feathered friends were kept well fed with birdseed bought at the Stratford Farmers’ Market.

Even after her Alzheimer’s disease appeared with its challenging complications, Bea managed to maintain both a lovely yard and positive outlook. Quick with her big smile and friendly hello to passers-by, Bea made many friends along the way—frequently this was while out strolling the neighbourhood, another favourite pastime. Our mom will also be very much missed at gatherings where her delicious Indonesian cooking and Dutch cheese cookies were widely enjoyed. With dementia taking its toll, mom spent her last year together with Rudy on Vancouver Island under the care of daughter Bridget, who considered this time an honour. We were constantly impressed by how resilient mom was, overriding her disease to sustain her familiar sense of humour and love throughout.

Mom passed away quickly and peacefully in the palliative care unit at Nanaimo General Hospital surrounded by the light and love of her family. A visitation will be held on October 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. and service to follow at 12:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church in Stratford with Luncheon afterwards.  Interment at Avondale Cemetery following luncheon for those who wish to attend. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Alzheimer Society Huron-Perth or the Stratford Humane Society through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St, Stratford ON N5A 5T2. 519.271.7411.

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