Tryntje Reinsma

September 8, 1925October 19, 2018

Tryntje Reinsma was born on September 8, 1925 and passed away on October 19, 2018


  • Visitation Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, October 26, 2018

Tryntje Reinsma

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Deb Verwolf Voorhorst

November 25, 2018

I have such memories of this strong, dear woman. The mother of my dearest childhood friend Teresa, Tryntje never complained when we turned her sewing room into a ship, turned Teresas bedroom into a public library or kept our pet mice or rescued birds in her garden room. She helped me purchase my first pair of hiking boots, listened to my moaning on those long hikes and quietly held up the rear while Teresa and I dawdled along the way. Tryntje sewed most of my clothing in high school and while hemming my skirts i smile when I remember Mins calling out "not so short!" , and Tryntje just nodding and hemming my skirts just perfectly.
This woman was a huge part of my childhood, as was her daughter. I have the fondest memories of both. She was a wonderful woman.

Rose Kossen

October 29, 2018

Fond memories of Mins. A man of character, integrity and wisdom. Also remember Teresa with great admiration. Barb Reinsma, my attorney and counselor. May each of you find peace and comfort. Rose Kossen

Carolyn Van Mersbergen

October 26, 2018

The Reinsma Family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. How we loved your parents! Your Dad had so much wisdom and your Mom was such an example of happy simplicity. Always a wise word to ponder.
I remember when I was going through chemo therapy back in 1996 and i received a phone call from your parents and they were traveling in Texas and your Dad said,"We are sitting under the stars and listening to classical music and wondered how you were doing?" I will never forget that phone call. It meant so much to me.
I am sure Sherwin has lots of memories of your parents also..........serving on the school board, elders and being part of the CRC.
Sorry we cannot come to Seattle for the burial this morning but our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
We want you to know ........we care,
Sherwin and Carolyn Van Mersbergen (Lynden, WA.)



Tryni Reinsma was born to Klaas and Trijntje Romkes on September 8, 1925, in Andijk, North Holland – a fishing town in the shadow of a looming dike that held back the Zuider Zee. After eight years of grade school, she worked at the Reinsma Winkel – their grocery store – alongside a young man named Mins.

Having survived the Great Depression and World War II, Mins and Tryni married on July 4, 1947, an anniversary which, they were delighted to discover, all of our country joined in celebrating. Three years later, they sought out their future in the United States. After several years in New Holland, South Dakota – where Tryni learned to read English by puzzling her way through Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind -- they moved to Independence, Missouri. There Mins learned the jewelry trade, while Tryni raised two children – Luke and his sister Barbara – in a 23-foot trailer tucked into an apple orchard, thanks to the good will and generosity of a family of Mormons.

Missing the smell of salt water and the sound of waves, they wrote to Christian Reformed congregations on both coasts. It was Reverend Peter DeJong who invited them to join the Seattle CRC in 1954. While Mins worked at Phil’s Jewelry in Ballard, Tryni baked countless loaves of bread for Luke and Barbara, then Clarence, and finally Teresa – bread that the kids happily traded for Wonderbread during lunch break at Watson Groen Christian School.

During the summers, the family hiked for weeks on end, Tryni having sewn tent and packs for the six of them. Long before the advent of dehydrated food, she made pancakes in a cast-iron skillet over open fires. Together, they hiked around Mt. Rainier, across the Olympic Peninsula, and on much of Washington’s Pacific Crest Trail; in later years, Mins and Tryni’s travels took them on paths that wound their way through Nepal, England, the Pyrenees, Switzerland, Africa, and New Zealand.

Quiet and private, Tryni was also hard-working, reliable, stoic, and tough – values that she imparted to her children as well: Luke, a professor; Barbara, a psychologist; Clarence, a master craftsman; and Teresa, a professor of English in Taiwan. Tryni loved good books, often devouring several a week. She loved her flowers. She loved the mountains, walking in the snow, sunset, sunrise. She loved her husband. She loved her children and their grandchildren: Luke and Barbara (Feikens) Reinsma, Nat and Marika; Barbara and John Ottenhoff, Samuel and Chloe; Clarence and Lisa (Pitstick) Reinsma, Micah, Hanna, Grace, Emma, Peter, and Rachel, and her great-granddaughter Adaline; and Teresa Reinsma. And she loved the Lord.

Having lived a life of daily devotion and Christian practice, Tryni Reinsma died in peace on Friday, October 19, 2018, comforted by the certainty that she would be welcomed into our father’s and our Father’s embrace. She was 93.