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RYK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-28 published
LEFEVRE, Rosie (née LIERMAN)
Peacefully, with family by her side, at Maple Manor Nursing Home, Tillsonburg, on Wednesday, April 26, 2006, Rosie (LIERMAN) LEFEVRE in her 93rd year. Born in Gladstone, Michigan, January 3, 1914. Dear daughter of the late Maurice LIERMAN and the late former Alberta DEWITT. Rosie was a member of Saint Mary's R.C. Church, Tillsonburg and Saint Mary's C.W.L. Beloved wife of the late Gaston LEFEVRE (1990.) Survived by her devoted daughters Yvonne BOSSY and her husband Julien of Tillsonburg; Margaret DODD and her husband Andrew of Burlington; Patricia COOPER DE RYK and her husband Bob of London; ten adoring grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren loving sister Margaret DE CAP, South Middleton and sister-in-law Mary LIERMAN, Hamilton and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her infant child, Mary and her daughter Elsie JONES. Heartfelt thanks to the amazing nurses and caregivers at Maple Manor. Resting at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg until Monday morning, May 1, 2006, thence to Saint Mary's R.C. Church, Tillsonburg for Mass of A Christian Burial at 10: 00 a.m. by Rev. Fr. Matthew GEORGE. Interment in Tillsonburg Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations (by cheque only) would be appreciated to Saint Mary's Church or the Alzheimer Society. Visitation Sunday 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. C.W.L. Prayers will be said at 4: 00 p.m. on Sunday and Parish Prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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RYKEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-27 published
FEDDEMA, Jack " Jacob Jan"
Surrounded by his loved ones, the Lord took home to be with Him in glory, Jack (Jacob Jan) FEDDEMA at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 in his 72nd year, after a courageous battle with a long illness. Beloved husband, for 48 years, of Ann FEDDEMA of Strathroy. Loving father of Rick and Carmen FEDDEMA of Calgary, Ken FEDDEMA of Sarnia, Judy and Paul RIVARD of London, Anita FEDDEMA of Sarnia and Cathy and Grant LINNELL of London and grandfather of Kayla, Curtis, Kevin and Carissa FEDDEMA, Joy and Jenny FEDDEMA, and David and Julie LINNELL. Dear brother of Sharon FEDDEMA of London, John (pre-deceased) and Grace FEDDEMA of Lynden, Washington, Peter and Marge FEDDEMA of Kitchener, Grace and Ipe VANDER DEEN of Strathroy, Ann and Jan BERG of Guelph, Jane and Ed RYKEN of Edmonton and Rienk and Anne FEDDEMA of London. Visitation will be held at the Westmount Christian Reformed Church, 405 Drury Lane, Strathroy on Saturday, May 27 from 2-4 p.m. and Sunday, May 28 from 2-4 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the church on Monday, May 29 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Fred VANDER BERG officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee would be appreciated by the family. Denning Bros. Funeral Home, Strathroy entrusted with arrangements. (245-1023). A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Jack.

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RYKEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2006-05-30 published
FEDDEMA, Jack Jan
The Lord took home to be with Him in glory Jack Jan FEDDEMA at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, on Wednesday, May 24, 2006, in his 72nd year. Beloved husband for 48 years of Ann FEDDEMA of Strathroy. Loving father of Rick and Carmen FEDDEMA of Calgary, Ken FEDDEMA of Sarnia, Judy and Paul RIVARD of London, Anita FEDDEMA of Sarnia, and Cathy and Grant LINNELL of London and grandfather of Kayla, Curtis, Kevin, and Carissa FEDDEMA; Joy and Jenny FEDDEMA; and David and Julie LINNELL. Dear brother of Sharon FEDDEMA of London, the late John and Grace FEDDEMA of Lynden, Washington; Peter and Marge FEDDEMA of Kitchener, Grace and Ipe VANDER DEEN of Strathroy, Ann and Jan BERG of Guelph, Jane and Ed RYKEN of Edmonton, and Rienk and Anne FEDDEMA of London. Visitation was held at the Westmount Christian Reformed Church, Strathroy, on Saturday, May 27 from 2-4 p.m. and Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. A funeral service was held at the church on Monday, May 29 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Fred VANDER BERG officiating. Interment in Strathroy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Jack.

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RYKENS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-16 published
Henry KOCK, 53: Consummate tree hugger
Horticulturalist instrumental in saving the elm
His own garden a testament to his passion for nature
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
It's difficult to think of someone 6-foot-4 as a wood sprite, but that was Henry KOCK. Or perhaps he was better catalogued as our very own Johnny Appleseed -- only the seeds he was spreading belonged to the majestic elm, whose distinctive silhouette is reappearing throughout the province thanks to him.
He was the public face of the University of Guelph's Arboretum and what a face that was. Normally staid journalists would wax poetic after encounters with the KOCK charisma: "With eyes the colour of dark moss, a graying black beard that birds could nest in, and a tall angular body, he reminded me of the Green Man, the pagan god of woodlands," the Toronto Star's Cameron SMITH wrote in 1998.
KOCK could enchant. His seasonal pruning courses were always sold out. His slide-show presentations -- culled from the tens of thousands of slides he'd taken and which he gave to any group that asked for them -- were inspirational.
"He was such a talented communicator. People would leave the show in tears," said Dave MARTIN, KOCK's brother-in-law and energy co-ordinator of Greenpeace.
KOCK made it easy to believe -- as he did -- that nature is often better left alone, our native plants are glorious species, pesticides kill, suburban lawns are an aberration -- he used to call them "intensive care units" -- and most of all, that nothing exists in isolation.
It's why he demonstrated with his homemade signs against the war in Iraq and attended every International Women's Day march in Toronto for the past 15 years, traditionally toasting that day's end sharing a bottle of wine with his wife, Anne HANSEN, on the Toronto Islands.
In addition to creating the Elm Recovery Project, he founded Guelph's Hillside Folk Festival, he helped start its local food co-op, the Guelph Environmental Watchdog group and the local branch of the Peace Petition caravan campaign. He was on the board of the Ontario Public Research Group. It was his idea to have the university host an annual organic food conference that has become the most important in Canada, if not North America.
KOCK, along with HANSEN, was a vegetarian, car-free, bought second-hand and only when necessary, and washed and reused plastic bags. Their home in an older Guelph suburb was kept at a sweater temperature but was known throughout town for its traffic-stopping front garden of conifers and ferns and wild strawberry cover, the sunflowers that lined the road, the old bicycle tube that hung from the branch of a tree. There wasn't an inch of grass, but there were some 400 species of native plants and trees.
KOCK called it his "hotel of the trees" and used to say it was a "bed and breakfast" for the 75 species of birds that visited his yard. He created his own forest in the backyard with rain water collected in barrels, a pond he and MARTIN spent four days digging out, and an old submerged bathtub he and Hansen would loll in on hot summer days.
But KOCK was running out of time. He had been diagnosed in July 2004, with glioblastoma multiforme, a particularly virulent form of brain cancer, and although he left the Arboretum, for the next 16 months he saw Friends, hiked with HANSEN, took his annual birding trip and rode his bicycle to Guelph's Saturday farmers' market. He spent his last month in hospital tended to by family and Friends. On December 22, about 70 of them gathered in the cold outside his second-floor window to sing Christmas carols.
KOCK was 53 when he died Christmas morning. His family placed an elm wreath on his chest. HANSEN covered him with paper hearts and threaded cedar, rosemary sprigs and paperwhites throughout his great beard. They rented the biggest hall in town, but it couldn't accommodate all of the 600 people who showed up for his memorial service.
An article in the Guelph Mercury two days after his death noted that KOCK "managed to touch thousands of lives locally and across Canada through his efforts to protect the environment." The same paper had published an earlier editorial about KOCK, entitled "The city will not forget."
He was born in Canada's chemical valley -- in Bright's Grove, outside Sarnia -- into a family that had run nurseries in Holland for generations. His pacifist parents came to Canada in 1950 after surviving wartime occupation, eventually starting a nursery. "Henry would say it was in his blood," said Dave MARTIN, who married KOCK's sister Irene, who died four years ago in a car accident.
KOCK graduated from the University of Guelph in 1977, but he didn't want to work in the family business -- or in any nursery for that matter. He'd already started taking a machinist's course when then Arboretum curator John AMBROSE hired him in 1981 to be a technician.
"I had heard about him," AMBROSE recalled. "I knew he had a different outlook on everything, but it was more than that. He was a special person. Any time you started talking to Henry about something, it was always connected to a bigger Earth issue."
Said his sister, Helen RYKENS, " Trees were his passion and he could run courses that promoted gardening he felt was better for the planet."
KOCK's idea of recreation was hiking, camping and white-water rafting, and it was on an Algonquin camping trip that he met HANSEN.
"He was wearing mismatched shoes and so was I and we both noticed it," she recalled. "Within 24 hours, we knew we were partners."
HANSEN continued to live and work in Toronto, moving permanently to Guelph only after KOCK's diagnosis.
She is organizing a springtime bike ride for KOCK, during which she will bring home his ashes.
"I'm going to return some of them to the trees he nurtured and who nurtured him during his illness," she said. Others will be scattered in the wilderness.
Then there will be a party for him in their backyard. " I'm going to make as big a deal as I can out of this because I think Henry would approve of people eating and drinking and enjoying his backyard."

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RYKSEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-17 published
HAKKENBERG, Tyssyna " Tina" Antonia
At Caressant Care Nursing Home, Woodstock on Saturday July 15, 2006, Tyssyna (Tina) Antonia HAKKENBERG formerly of Norwich in her 79th year. Beloved wife of Ben HAKKENBERG. Loving mother of Trudy and Carl VAN BRUGGE of Burgessville, John and Barb of Salford, Peter and Kim of Albania, Gina and Wim LIGTENBERG of Lisse, Holland, Wilma and Dick VAN'T FOORT of Norwich, Tineke and Kees BAAIJ of Lisse, Holland, Jane and Gary RYKSEN of Norwich, Anna-Marie and Bill VAN WINGERDEN of Sunnyside, Washington. She will be missed by her 44 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Sister of Willy and Arie ADVOKAAT, sister-in-law of Fake KOENS, all of Holland. Predeceased by a granddaughter Lygina GEERTRUIDA (1991,) brother Arie and sister-in-law Annie MIDDELKOOP, and a sister Corrie KOENS. Friends will be received at The Arn-Lockie Funeral Home, 45 Main St. W., Norwich on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Netherlands Reformed Congregation, Norwich on Wednesday July 19th at 2 p.m. D.V. Rev. J. SPAANS officiating. Interment Norwich Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society. On-line condolences at www.arn-lockiefuneralhome.com. Arn-Lockie (519) 863-3020.

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