5 May, 1949 – 6 April, 2021
On April 6, 2021 at the age of 71, the LORD called Helene Jonker peacefully into His embrace, surrounded by family after a brief struggle with cancer. Beloved wife of Klaas for 44 years, loving mother of Fernand (Angie), Jasper (Christine), Suzan (Klaas), Harold (Steph), Clarence (Jes), and Elanna (Job). She was a dear Oma of 16 grandchildren, and aunt and sister in-law- to her extended family in The Netherlands. She was predeceased by her parents Jannes and Sjoukje Berends, and sister Zwanny (Bram).
Helene was born and raised in Onnen, the Netherlands. After completing her studies to be a nurse she worked for a few years before she married and committed her life to raising her family and working along side her husband in the ministry of the gospel. She will be remembered for her compassionate heart toward the people she met, the little things she would do or encouraging words she would say. She continued to show her concern and love for others as she peacefully looked forward to being with her Lord and Saviour.
The family gratefully acknowledges the compassionate care of Dr. Christopher Johnston, the palliative care team, and the homecare team at the WRHA.
Due to pandemic restrictions currently in place, only invited family members will be in attendance. Other family and friends are welcome to join the Funeral and Interment services via livestream link available at: https://gracecanrc.ca/funeral-HJonker/
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Steve & Vanessa Tiessen
18 April 2021
Saddened to hear of the passing of Helene. Many fond memories of her time in Bunbury, always looking out for others. She will surely be missed by you all, especially by you, Klaas. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
15 April 2021
In my life for a season.
In my heart forever.
Shirley Ann BAKER
13 April 2021
One of my favorites is Helene trying to teach me a few Dutch phrases. eg."thanks for everything "which I cannot spell in Dutch,my interpretation to remember it was "A duck for Alice".The other word was classy,my interpretation was "deaf duck".
So today,I say good bye to a very "deaf duck lady,a duck for Alice".Ill always remember our laughs and good times shared as a friend and neighbor
12 April 2021
I have fond memories of Helene as a friend and as a sister in the Lord. We shared the Australian connection, made sweeter by the flavour of a decadent pavlova. Years ago we spent a morning in Helene's kitchen, borrowed Betsy's mixer and made a pavlova together. Pavlovas would be party favourites! I treasure the last time I could make one for Helene in January as her response to me asking her, 'What would you still really like to have?' She asked for a pavlova to share and enjoy for a family birthday celebration.
When our children were young, one of them received a book from Helene as a birthday gift, 'Owl Moon' by Jane Yolen. True to the story, we went owling in Bird's Hill Park on many a winter's night. (The owls are a favourite bird of the birding enthusiasts in our family).
In times of joy and in times of sorrow Helene was there
Bringing her words of encouragement and a prayer.
With the news of her illness we as sisters could be near
Sharing memories of our lives with a smile and a tear.
We are comforted with these words from the book of Psalms: 'Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.' Psalm 73:23-26
12 April 2021
Dear Klaas, Jasper,Ferdinand,Harold, Clarence, Susan,Elana and families and children and grandchildren and church communities in Canada and the Netherlands. Sorry if I have missed anyone.
It breaks our heart to hear and know that a beautiful person with a heart of compassion like gold has gone to be with her Lord. But we rejoice because she will eternally rejoice in the corridors of heaven, the new Jerusalem.
You will miss her dearly and we would love to be there to comfort and support you all in person. But that is not to be. God has determined that on our next trip to Canada we will only have memories of Helene, a dear wife, mother, grandmother and dearest friend with an infectious smile.
Helene was always positive from our early days in Tasmania as our families journeyed together and she was a great support to many.
We will never forget the day of our 30th wedding anniversary when she surprised us while we were staying in Winnipeg. From our family to yours you will always have a special place in our hearts.
We hope to visit Canada again in 2023 God willing when I am retired.
To Klaas, be strong and know that your Redeemer lives. Keep singing songs of joy, all of you, because Mum loved to sing. Enjoy each other's company and stay strong.
Hallelujah and may God carry you all on the wings of an eagle. Let him be praised for this rich life!
George and Margaretha Diek
76/22 Wellington Street Centennial Park Albany WA
PO Box 939 Albany DC Albany WA 6331
11 April 2021
Many lovely memories... advocaat with tiny spoons and whipping cream! Sewing projects together. How she snipped the ‘nice’ tags out of old clothes to add to her projects to make them look more polished. Her Pfaff from Holland. And then the ‘new’ one she scored from a buy/sell site! Her way of making a table look ‘just so’. The neat projects she had going with various young girls, and then her grandkids. How she always remembered to ask about things she knew were on your heart.
Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master!
11 April 2021
I have many treasured memories of Mrs. Jonker, but the ones that come to my mind quite often are of when she and her mother completed a sweater for my baby daughter that my mom started before she passed away . When my dad passed, she was the first person I called. She had an overnight bag packed and was ready to stay over with my children. When my husband and I came home from the hospital, she had pictures of my parents arranged all over my coffee table and was snuggling my kids. She spent an entire day with my son making “Australian” food for his school project. From fabric shopping together, making stained “glass” art , her potluck suppers, to sipping iced coffees on her deck, I will always remember her for what a kind and wonderful lady she was. She always had a smile and a kind word to say. Our family will miss her dearly.
11 April 2021
Unfortunate I don't have a real active memory about Heleen, the age difference is too big.
But I still do remember my childhood play hours with Fernand at the farmhouse of Oom Jannes en Tante Sjoukje (his Opa en Oma) when they were over for a visit in Onnen.
My beloved condolences to this whole overseas family and lot of strength for the coming period.
Alex Berends, Haren, The Netherlands
11 April 2021
A lot of love from your familie in the Netherlands. We love your visits to Onnen and my father and mother in Onnen. Remembering the warm attentiion and conversations with them and when we as children were around. Strength in these period and every day. Greetings Gerda Berends from Wim and Fennie Berends-Swaving
10 April 2021
We remember with love Helene's kindness to Roselyn, and her volunteering for the winter retreat with Partners and Pals. Our sincere condolences with the loss of your dear wife, mother, and grandmother. May God comfort and strengthen you all in this difficult time.
Jake & Rita Kuik
10 April 2021
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