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Patricia (Pietje) Hiemstra

Patricia (Pietje) Riemke Hiemstra (Van der Meer)

Saturday, August 13th, 1927 - Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
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Hiemstra, Pietje (Patricia) Riemke (nee Van der Meer) — 91, Avalon Retirement Lodge, Orangeville, Ontario, passed away peacefully in Lakeridge Health, Oshawa, on Wednesday January 30, 2019. Born August 13, 1927 in Parrega, Friesland, Netherlands, she was the youngest daughter of the late Ate and Riemke (Huisman) Van Der Meer. In 1947 she married Andries (Andy) Hiemstra of Oudega. The couple moved to Canada in 1953 with their young son John and daughter Reta and settled in Orangeville where they resided happily for over 65 years. Pat was no stranger to hard work: she was a house cleaner for many years, then served as a sales clerk at Economy Fair, Korsten’s Jewelers and finally at The Old Country Deli
where her smile would welcome many an Orangeville resident. Andy and Pat were faithful members of Tweedsmuir Memorial Presbyterian Church and for many years Pat sang in the church choir and was a member of the Ladies’ Fellowship group and the Women’s Missionary Society. She also volunteered for
the Red Cross and was an avid member of the Horticultural Society. Pat’s love of gardening was evident in their beautiful gardens on Elizabeth Street. Many will also remember them as the “early birds” of the lawn sales. Pat is survived by her three children John (Arlene) Hiemstra, Reta Favrod and Kathy (Richard) Baker; two granddaughters Marieke Favrod and Susanne (Andrew) Gage; and one great-granddaughter Courtney Patricia Gage. She was pre-deceased by husband Andy (March 2013); brother Roelof (1945) and sisters Zus, Siem, Wieke and Hinke.
Visitation will be held on Thursday February 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First Street, Orangeville. The funeral will follow at 2:30 p.m., Rev. Creola Simpson officiating. A brief reception will follow the service.
A spring interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. This will be a private family service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tweedsmuir Memorial Presbyterian Church, or a charity of choice.
A tree will be planted in memory of Patricia (Pietje) in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On L9W 2C8
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 2:30pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On L9W 2C8
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Creola Simpson
  • Interment

    Thursday, February 28th, 2019 |
    Thursday, February 28th, 2019
    Forest Lawn Cemetery
    14 Cemetery Rd
    Mono, ON L9W 2Z1
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  • Reception

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home & Chapel
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On L9W 2C8
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Private Condolence

Jeannie DeVogel

Posted at 11:34am
John, Reta and Kathy, and your families, my heartfelt condolences to you in the loss of your Mom. I have so many great memories of my Tante Piet, always a smile and a kind word for everyone. And always that little twinkle in her eyes! I have been blessed to have known her and Uncle Andy!

Bernice Aikins

Posted at 09:38am
John and Arlene. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Bernice Aikins

Judy and Don Watson

Posted at 05:20pm
Our family sends condolences to Pat andAndy’s family. Pat will be so happy to be with Andy again in heaven!
We are thinking of all the family as you honour Pat’s life. Blessings to you all. Don, Judy Watson and family

Michael Pytlik

Posted at 08:58am
Our condolences are sincerely offered to the Hiemstra family and relatives. Pat was a special person. Love from Virg and Mike Pytlik

Sandra van der Vlag

Posted at 06:00pm
This wonderful lady lived a very happy and long life. I can still see her smile and hear her adorable voice. She was always so sweet and so kind, and that will always be remembered. My heart goes out to the entire family. With love and support, Sandy (van der Vlag), as well as Spencer, Cameron and Ken Stewart

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