CHRISTINA ROMYN (nee den Boer)

Christina Romyn (nee den Boer), formerly of Stratton, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Portage la Prairie, Man. at the age of 97.
Christina, or “Oma” as she was fondly called by many, is survived by her daughters, Elsie Van Dyk, (George), Connie Bruinooge, Audrey Dalberg (Norman), Tina Douma, Jacklen Laird, Joanne Romyn, and Natalie Romyn; sons, Harry Romyn and Bill Romyn (Delores); 25 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Pieter den Boer.
She was predeceased by her husband, Willem; three sons, Cornelius, Cornelius Willem, and Gerrit Romyn; her parents, Aartje and Gerrit den Boer; three brothers, Cornelius, Jacobus, and Gerrit den Boer; and three sons-in-law, Daniel Briunooge, John Douma, and Terry Laird; and great-grandson, Ethan Melnic.
Christina was born in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands and immigrated to Portage la Prairie in 1950 with her husband and nine children; another daughter was born in 1952.
The entire family worked hard at a variety of jobs in Portage la Prairie until 1955, when they were able to purchase a farm in Stratton. Once again, the family worked hard and, in time, their fledgling farm became a successful dairy farm.
When Christina’s husband, Willem, retired in 1974, they together travelled widely, going from coast-to-coast sightseeing and visiting with their children and many grandchildren along the way.
Christina and her husband were active members of the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, Ont. Christina had a keen ear for music and, especially in later years, often played her mandolin at church functions.
Her children and grandchildren loved it when she played her mandolin and sang; most often her repertoire was made up the great songs of faith that had sustained her and which expressed her deepest wishes for her family.
Sunday evenings often found the family intensely engaged in playing card and board games, and ending with Christina playing her mandolin and she and Willem singing together.
When Willem passed away in 1998, Christina continued her travelling and visiting family members, and enjoyed a highlight return visit to the Netherlands.
In 2007, Christina moved to Portage la Prairie, where she resided with her daughter, Tina, until her passing.
As family, we both mourn her loss and give thanks for her long, well-lived life.
A worship service commemorating her life took place Monday, April 23, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, with Rev. Harold deJong and Rev. John Vanderburgh officiating.
Interment took place in Emo Cemetery in Emo.
The pallbearers were Christina’s grandchildren.
In celebration of her life, and in keeping with Christina’s deeply-rooted sense of caring and compassion, in memoriam donations may be made to the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0 in lieu of flowers.
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