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Bernard Wiersema (Dutchie)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dearest husband, father and grandfather, Bernardus Nicolaas Wiersema, known to friends and family as “Dutchie”, on Saturday, September 21, 2002 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, at 68 years of age.
Born in Peize, Holland, April 27, 1934 to Jan and Foukje Wiersema, he came to Canada in 1952. He resided in Winnipeg until his move to Kenora in 1955, where he met and married his life-long love, Jean in 1958.
Bernard is survived by his loving wife Jean and children, Carol (Gary) Leduc, Julie (Rene) Freis, Tom (Maureen) Wiersema and Sandy Johnston (Ron Morgan) in Kenora, and son-in-law Matt Johnston in Winnipeg, MB. He took great pride in his 9 grandchildren, Derek, Hilary and Kimberly Leduc, Andrew and Lindsey Freis, Ashlen, Chelsea and Shannon Wiersema, and Madison Johnston, all of whom he loved and enjoyed dearly. He will also be missed by sister-in-law and brother-in-law Bill and Doreen Creed of Kenora.
Affectionately known as “Boei” (Little Brother), he has also left to mourn 13 brothers and sisters Feitze (Klazine) Wiersema of Ottawa, Louis (Elsa) Wiersema, Corrie (Janice) Wiersema, Eltjo (Dorothy) Wiersema, Archie (Eleanor) Wiersema, Thea (Thys) Sinninghe, and Anna vanLeeuwen, all of Rainy River, John (Hetty) Wiersema, and Annie (Hank) Bakker both of Winnipeg, Henry (Jan) Wiersema and sister-in-law Mary Wiersema of Atikokan, Bertha (Dan) Dieleman of Vancouver Island, Lottie (Archie) Shanowsky of Creighton, Sk., Anneke (Nelson) Brown of Riverton, MB, and many, many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Nick and Harry Wiersema, Brother-in-law Bert vanLeeuwen as well as many close friends.
Bernard “Dutchie” was employed by Boise Cascade as a millwright from 1955 until his retirement in 1992. Active in his home community of Keewatin, he served as President of the Keewatin Kinsmen and K-40, and selected Honorary Life Member of the National Association of Kinsmen Clubs. He is still known to many for his work with the Christmas “Santa” food drive, his unique style of bingo calling, as well as dedicated work in all Kinsmen community projects. He was also a member of the Keewatin Elks, Legion Auxiliary, Mando employees club and throughout his retirement, the Keewatin Retired men’s curling league.
A very special thank you to Dr. Bruce-Houle, Dr. Moore, Brent Dion, the caring ICU and Emergency Nursing Staff of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Paramedics, OPP Officers Jody Garrow and Tony Pais, and all family and friends who have given us such support.
The Kenora Community Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements and funeral services were held Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. with Envoy Clinton Stagg officiating. Cremation followed.
For those wishing to say goodbye there was a viewing, Wednesday evening, September 25, 2002 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
A reception was held for family and friends at the Keewatin Legion following the Thursday service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation, C.T. Scanner Fund, 21 Sylvan Street, Kenora, Ontario P9N 3W7.
“Until we meet again.”