Posted: December 31st, 2015

Vander Knijff – Grisnich – Hus


Psalm 145:17 – The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works.

With deep sorrow we announce that Jacoba (Cobie) Vander Knijff, beloved wife of the late Pieter Vander Knijff, passed away peacefully at Bethesda Care Home, surrounded by her children, on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at the age of 88 years old.

Born on December 31, 1926 in The Hague, the Netherlands, the late Mrs. Vander Knijff immigrated to Canada in 1954 to work as a nurse. It was here that she met her first husband Gerrit (George) Grisnich and they were married on March 8, 1956. They were blessed with 6 children: Jacky (deceased), Ray (Lisa) Grisnich, Peter (Ellen) Grisnich, William (Angela) Grisnich, Gerda (Wijnand) Van Giessen and Helen (Gerrit) Klok. After the death of her first husband in 1985, Cobie married Pieter Vander Knijff on April 8, 1998 and became a stepmother to Robert, Joyce and Jennifer.

Besides her children, Cobie is survived by 38 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren; her brother Ment Hus; her sisters Lenie Bogert and Nellie (Maarten) Noorduin; her sisters-in-law Grietje Vanderveen, Marrie Van Zweden, Johanna Vossebelt, Grada Leeuwenburgh, Ann (John) Vandenbrink, Alice Grisnich, Ank Grisnich, Tine Grisnich and Gerie Grisnich. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

As well as being predeceased by both her husbands and her daughter Jacky, Cobie was also pre-deceased by two grandsons, Jeremy Grisnich and Joel Grisnich and a great- granddaughter Abigail Vandenberg; her parents Pieter and Jacoba Hus; her parents-in-law Reyer and Gerarda Grisnich; her sisters Alida Boone and Geertje De Jong; her brothers-in-law Kees Boone, Piet De Jong and Jacob Bogert; and her sister-in-law Riet Hus. On the Grisnich side of the family, she was pre- deceased by her brothers-in-law Wim Grisnich, infant Gerrit Grisnich, Kees Barendregt, Henk VanderVeen, Joe Van Zweden, Willem Vossebelt, Ray Grisnich, John Grisnich, Theo Leeuwenburgh, Gilbert Grisnich and Neil Grisnich; and her sister-in-law Ali Barendregt.

Opportunity for condolences will be held from 7:30pm – 9:00pm, on Friday, January 1, 2016 in the meeting room of the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF LETHBRIDGE, Hwy 3, RR8-28-11, Lethbridge, AB.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am, on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the NETHERLANDS REFORMED CONGREGATION OF LETHBRIDGE, with Rev. A. A. Brugge officiating. Interment to follow in Archmount Cemetery.

No flowers by request. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Bethesda Care Home, Box 1096, Picture Butte, AB, T0K 1V0.

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