Thea Sinninghe, 75, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.
She was born Dec. 21, 1929 in the Netherlands to Jan and Frouk Wiersema. She was the third-oldest of 16 children, with 10 brothers and five sisters.
Thea’s husband, Thys, first met her brothers and became friends, but soon developed another friendship with Thea which lasted 54 years.
They were married July 3, 1951 and a week later, they moved to Canada. They travelled from Halifax to Winnipeg by a two-day train ride, staying in Winnipeg for two years.
In 1953, they moved to Pinewood, Ont., and that year they had their first child, Frieda. Later that same year, they moved to Atikokan, Ont., where they lived for three-and-a-half years. There was no idle time there as two more children were born, Rudy and John.
In the spring of 1957, they bought the dairy farm and moved to Rainy River, where they lived for 20 years. Three more children were born during this time, Jack, Fred, and Akky.
Thea was involved in many organizations, including the Women’s Institute, 4-H, and the Red Cross. She also was a foster parent for a number of years until her arthritis forced her to retire.
Thea is survived by her husband, Thys; five children, Rudy (Marie)and John (Donna) of Rainy River, Ont., Jack (Wendy) of Winnipeg, Man., Fred (Cathie) of Fort Frances, Ont.; and Akky (Scott) of Winnipeg, Man.; seven grandchildren, Nicole, Ryan, Rodney (Nikki), Jared, Marisa, Kyle, and Bethany; and one great-grandson, Ryder.
Also surviving are six brothers, Fred (Klazina), Archie (Eleanor), Eltjo (Dorothy), John (Hettie), Corrie (Janice), and Henry (Jean); five sisters, Annie (Hank) Bakker, Anna VanLeeuwen, Lottie (Archie) Schanowski, Anneke (Nelson) Brown, and Bertha (Dan) Dielman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 23, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, Ont. Pastor Dan Voss officiated, with interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River.
Pallbearers were Henry Bakker, Rick Bakker, John Wiersema, Ryan Sinninghe, Rodney Sinninghe, and Jared Sinninghe.
Should friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Arthritis Society or the ALS Society of Ontario, or the charity of your choice.