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Dina (Ine) Jebbink née Bleijenberg

February 19, 1930 - November 14, 2017


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It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Dina Jebbink on Tuesday November 14, 2017, age 87 years.
Missing her are her loving husband Derk (Dick) Willem Jebbink; and children Peter Jebbink (Rosemarie), Ortillia Aleida (Lydia) Steeves (Ron), Josephine Anne (Jo-Anne) Lane (Chris), Richard William Jebbink (Cheryl), and Carolyne Whenham (Blair).
Also missing her are her sister Anneke Koppe (Joop), sisters-in-law Wilhellmina (Willy) Jebbink, Leny Bleijenberg, Lona Bleijenberg; ten grandchildren Olivia and Petra; Catherine and Jennifer; Eva, Benajmin, and Eric; Brayden and Kara Ann; Deanne; and her nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and four siblings Gerritt, Ortillia (Tilly), Bauke (Bob), Corneilius (Kees).
Ine was born in Djakarta, Indonesia, her father working for Royal Dutch Shell at the time before returning to the Netherlands just before the start of the World War II in 1940. She did not speak much about the following war years except to say that she spent many days stealing coal from the trains, that her school was bombed on a Sunday, and the evasive actions her father took to hide her brothers from being recruited by the Germans. At the end of the war she completed high school and went to College to become a Nurse. Her best friend was Willy, and through Willy she met Dick her husband for 66 years.
Ine and Dick married on December 19, 1951 and immigrated to Canada, departing the Netherlands on March 1, 1952 aboard “The Ryndam” to enter Pier 21 in Halifax. After going through Immigration and obtaining landed immigrant status she boarded the train leaving for Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver they lived in the West End where she worked for another Dutch couple who had started their own business upon their arrival in Canada. Not long after, Dick’s work in the sugar industry took them to Dominican Republic where her son Peter was born. They returned to Canada after three years when the mill was taken over by the local government. She then spent many years living in many towns engaged in the pulp and paper industry. They first lived in Port Alice when Lydia and Jo-Anne were born, then Port Alberni where Richard and Carolyne were born. In subsequent years they moved to Vancouver, Kitimat, Nanaimo, and Vancouver again, and finally Mirimachi, New Brunswick. After all that moving they retired in Kelowna, moving one more time in their senior years to be near their daughter Lydia in Ottawa.
Ine was a beautiful lady who was able to connect with all people. She was truly interested in people and their lives and she brought out the best in her husband and children. Up until her death she stayed in contact with people from every community she had lived in, which extended back to when she first arrived in Canada.
Ine loved and adopted Canada as her country and through her life travelled through every province, all to make sure she kept in contact with her children, grandchildren, and friends. Her fondest memories are spending time on the shores of PEI and NL; the Nation’s capital Ottawa; the lakes of Thompson, MB; the northern parallels of Ft. McMurray, AB, Yellowknife, NWT, and Ft. St. John, BC; and British Columbia’s Okanagan. Ine truly understood the size of Canada and what it has to offer. In Ine’s senior years she succumbed to dementia, in particular Lewy Body Disease. In lieu of flowers, The March of Dimes has been chosen as the charity to support. Her family has fond memories of Ine collecting dimes, and true to form, as Ine’s final belongings were gathered, a purse full of dimes was found. The family greatly appreciates the loving care provided by the staff of the West End Villa.

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