Posted: June 1st, 2017


It is with sadness, but gentle relief that we announce that the Lord has called home our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, IDA PIETERDINA VENHUIS (nee VanHuis) at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 92 years.

Ida was born in Holland in 1924, where she lived her childhood and where she later met her beloved husband Harry. Ida was a woman of solid belief and a tenacious spirit which helped her through many difficult times in her life: immigrating to Canada in 1951 with two small children, where she did not know the people or the language; dealing with the care giving to the whole family when her young husband had a heart attack and subsequent heart problems; working through the pain of sometimes debilitating arthritis. She was a very pragmatic lady and if something needed to be done, she just did it! Her hands were never idle. She learned how to knit when she was five years old and produced so many beautiful works of serviceable art. Her love of the Lord, for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren never wavered.

Ida is survived by her children Gary, Grace (Randy) Vos, Mary (Gerald) Hendriks, Ben (Trudie) and all their families, her brother and sister-in-law Ytzen and Hendrika in Holland.

She was predeceased by her husband Harry in July of 1987, her daughter Joanne in January of 2007, son-in-law Jake in July of 2008 and daughter-in-law Liz in August of 2008.

We will always remember you mom, as your true grit and tenacity are so evident in many of your offspring.

“We do not mourn as those with no hope” 1 Thess. 4:13

A Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M.

A Private Interment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery prior to the Funeral Service.

A Funeral Service will be held at the TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100 – 40 Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, 393 University Avenue, suite 1700, Toronto, ON, M5G 1E6, The ALS Society of Alberta, 7874 10 Street N.E., Calgary, AB, T2E 8W1 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 1Z6.

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