In Loving Memory of
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
New Life Community Church
There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Lac Vert Hall following the interment.
Berendina (Diny) Wilhemina Susana Veltman Anderson was ushered to her home in heaven on Valentine’s Day, 2019. Diny was born in Hengelo, Holland on the 4th of July, 1921. She was the 11th child in a family of 12. Diny attended a Catholic elementary school in Hengelo. After completing grade eight, she was required to find a job to contribute to the family income. She worked at various jobs from cleaning houses to working in a butcher shop. Her favourite job was being a coat-checker in a theater because of the tips.
When WWII broke out, Holland was soon under German occupation and food was scarce. Many a day, Diny stood in a long line with ration coupons only to be told the available food was gone. Holland was liberated in May of 1945. Canadian soldiers coming into the country were billeted in Dutch homes. Alvin Anderson was one of three soldiers assigned to Diny’s home. The language barrier did not interfere with the attraction Diny and Alvin had for one another and they were married on March 5, 1946. Diny arrived in Halifax, aboard the Lady Nelson, in August of 1946 and then traveled by rail to Regina where Alvin met her and they continued on to Naicam.
Alvin and Diny settled on a farm east of Lac Vert, working for a bachelor. Soon they moved to the southwest quarter of 5-41-17. Diny and Alvin had two children, Shirley (1949) and Gary (1952). They lived on this farm until 1990 when they purchased a house in Naicam. After Alvin passed away in December 1998, Diny joined the Naicam Seniors where she participated in recreational bowling in the winter months and golfing in the summer. She was also part of the Living Fossils and enjoyed numerous outings. Diny attended several war-bride reunions with her friend, Eunice Newberry. In December of 2014, Diny moved into Churchview Lodge in Naicam. In June of 2015, Diny had a fall and was in the hospital for a couple weeks. After being released, she took up residence in Parkland Place in Melfort. She passed away peacefully on February 14, 2019 at the age of 97.
She was predeceased by her husband, Alvin; her parents, Gerard and Wilhemina Veltman; her brothers, Gerard, Arnold, Rickus, Saunder, Johann, Bernard, and Marinus; and her sisters, Anne, Rikki, Mina, and Greta. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Barry) Craig and her son, Gary (Penny) Anderson; grandchildren Pam (Devin) Elliott and their son, Kaelan; Sean (Jaylyn) Craig and their children, Brody, Tyler and Teagan; Syrina (Brent) Wright and their children, Damien and Brooklyn; Derek (Quinn) Valente and their daughter, Hadley; Dana Farqhuar and her children, Lucas and Leah; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in both Canada and in The Netherlands.