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Tekelenburg, Evert Jan
March 31, 1927 - July 8, 2019
Service:Monday, July 15, 2019
2:00 pm
A Funeral Service for Evert was held on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the First Christian Reformed Church at 2:00 PM. Interment at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
Interment:  Pine Grove Cemetery
Notice:  Memorial donations in Evert’s name may be made to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, 400-393 Portage Ave #400, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Obituary

Evert Jan Tekelenburg passed away at home with his loving family and caregivers at his side on July 8th, 2019 at the age of 92 years. He leaves behind a legacy of faith and trust in God; and a passion for farming, singing and playing the organ.

Evert was born in Brummen, the Netherlands on March 31, 1927. He was the eldest child born to Antoni and Maria Tekelenburg and grew up on the family farm growing grain, hay, silage, and the much loved potatoes and vegetables. The farm included cows, sows and laying hens and with effort and ingenuity the farm supplied what was needed to raise a family of 9 children. Evert’s keen interest in farming led him to an opportunity to study and obtain a diploma from Agricultural College. He was a proud soldier in the Dutch army in 1948.

Evert met Duwattje Baerends when her family was evacuated to his town near the end of the Second World War. They were married in 1953 and shortly after, they left their family and country behind to immigrate to Canada to work for their Canadian sponsor on a farm in Trochu, AB. Evert and Duwattje desired to farm and managed to buy their own property in Rocky in 1963. His life took a most difficult turn when three years later Duwattje died and he was left to care and provide for his five young children.

Evert met Doreen Erickson while singing in the Rocky community choir. They were married in 1970 and once again life was filled with new opportunities and adjustments. Together they saw Evert’s children grow, mature and leave the family home. In their retirement years they volunteered for Wycliffe Bible Translators; attended sporting events, recitals, birthday parties, graduations and weddings of their grandchildren and regularly visited family and friends across Canada, the US and The Netherlands. They faithfully attended church and community events until their failing health restricted their ability to do so.

Evert will be deeply missed. He leaves behind a testimony of a deep love for God and a desire for all to share in the joy of knowing Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. His life was full: full of God's grace, and full of love and care from his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, caregivers, church family, neighbours and friends. His family delights in recounting memories of his laugh at a good joke, stealthily playing Scrabble, loudly playing the organ, passion for growing and consuming potatoes, and meticulous farming. We can only imagine his joy and laughter as, with clarity of mind, he received fullness of life in the glorious presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Mourning his passing is his daughter Minnie (Ray) Byzitter and children Andrea (Nathan) Legere, Lexie, Max; Robert (Pam), Lucas, Corbin, Emerald; Kelly (Laurisa), Nixon, Layla, Myla; Jovita (David) Beyer. Daughter-in-law Alice Tekelenburg and children Jordan, Joline, Jessica, Jonathan (Allison), Christopher, Matthew, Steven, Megan, Daniel. Marilyn (Garry) Hoetmer and their children Ken (Meaghan), Isabel, Olive, Lachlan; Kristina (Dennis) Klugkist, Brenae, Dayton, Kadence, Brogan; Ryan (Robynn), Areigha, Sykora, Calder; Reuben; Karalee (Nathan) Fehr, Jailen, Jack, Carter; Michael (Kirstin), Amaya, Zaiden, Daxyn. Irene (Andrew) Vander Leek and children Lisa, Jonathan, Benjamin; Joshua; Marcus (Brittany), Cyrus, Elsie, Johan, Madison; Joel (Caitlin), Tyson, George. Shirley (Keith) Hope and children Jesse (Amy); Tammy (Beau) Alexander, Kaitlyn, Elizabeth, Joshua, Liam. Sister Anneke (Dick) Opden Dries, brothers and sisters in The Netherlands and USA, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Duwattje in 1966, wife Doreen in 2014, and his son Anthony in 2018.

An interment was held in the Pine Grove Cemetery and a Memorial service was held at First Christian Reformed Church, Rocky Mountain House on July 15th, 2019.

The Tekelenburg family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Evert’s caregivers for the exceptional care they provided and thereby allowing him to remain at home. Many thanks to neighbours and friends for their generosity and expressions of sympathy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (www.foodgrainsbank.ca) or charity of choice.


Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements 403 845-2626

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Noella Christiansen:
Evert was a beautiful individual that personified Gods Grace and Love. My deepest sympathies to all his family.

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