Nov. 2, 1932 – July 19, 2007
Born in Doetinchem, Holland, passed away suddenly at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Predeceased by her son Henry Koopmans and daughter-in-law Jennifer Koopmans, she is survived and will be lovingly missed by her husband Jelte; sons John (Christine) of Victoria and Gerald of Black Creek; daughters Bernarda (Gary) Truscott of Port McNeill and Jeanette Koopmans of Victoria; grandchildren Tammy (Steve) Brooks, Dianna Truscott (Cary Kerr), Bonnie Truscott, Amanda Koopmans and Ben Koopmans; great-grandchildren Madelyd Kerr and Ryland Kerr; as well as her sister and brother in Holland. Johanna was a well-known seamstress who worked for a number of merchants downtown prior to her retirement. She had a strong passion for gardening, just so everyone could eat her cherry tomatoes and pickled beets. She loved to knit and sew; family members could prove this one, and her all-time favourite pasttime was bingo. She also loved sports and watching Bob Barker. Johanna always made family her first priority, along with her close friends. She was a very friendly and outgoing person, who loved to help others in need. Johanna was known for her “famous” Dutch pancakes and European cooking. She never missed a birthday or anniversary. The sparkle in her eyes was always for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Everyone is going to miss her bright eyes and big smile when she said the words, “Hello sweetheart,” or “Youngar”.
Arrangements entrusted to COMOX VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, CREMATION AND RECEPTION CENTRE, 1101 RYAN ROAD. An open house for family and friends will take place on Thursday, July 26th, from 1 to 4pm at 4663 Valecourt Crescent, Courtenay. For those wishing, donations in Johanna’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Box 3256, Courtenay, B.C., V9N 5N4 would be appreciated.