de RAAF – Klaziena Geertruida de Raaf passed away in Brooks on March 5th, 1999 at the age of 91 years.
Born in Nieuwekerk, On De Eisel, The Netherlands on April 2nd, 1907 Klaziena married Adriaan de Raaf on February 24th, 1926. They immigrated to Canada and arrived in Countess, Alberta on May 15th, 1952. They moved to Brooks in 1954 and both had worked as custodians for the Brooks School District until retiring in 1973 to Mirror, Alberta. Klaziena returned to Brooks in 1976 and had resided here since. She loved visiting with her grandchildren who were all very special to her.
Klaziena was predeceased by her husband Adriaan on December 4th, 1985; son Jan in 1946; daughter Willa in 1985; two brothers and three sisters all of The Netherlands.
Klaziena will be sadly missed by her two daughters Ann van Nieuwkerk and her husband Lane of Bashaw and Maartje van Nieuwkerk and her husband Henk of Brooks; 13grandchildren; 24 great- grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren and 3 sisters in The Netherlands.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, March 10th at 2:00 p.m. from the Evangelical Free Church. Rev. Don Gillett officiating.
Pallbearers will be Dick, Dick, Art Adrian, John and Lane van Nieuwkerk. Interment to follow at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Klaziena if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Gideons, P.O. Box 85, Gem, Alberta TOJ 1M0 or to Brooks and District Health Foundation, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta T1R 1B3. Arrangements in care of Smith Funeral Home. Telephone 362-4636.