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ELLEN (ENGELTJE) KAPINGA (published on February 14, 2009)



ELLEN (ENGELTJE) KAPINGA 1923 - 2009 Ellen (Engeltje) Kapinga passed away peacefully on February 12, 2009 at St. Norbert Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. Engeltje was born on January 19, 1923 to Seitso Jan and Albertje Nanninga in Winschoten, The Netherlands. She was the eldest of seven children. In 1951 Engeltje married Sikko Jan Kapinga and that same year they immigrated to Canada where they became Ellen and John. They lived in Guelph and Toronto, Ontario for 20 years during which time their daughters were born. The family moved to Winnipeg in 1971 but in January 1974 her husband John died suddenly. This was a difficult time for Ellen but with her trust in God and the support of her friends from church and Bredin Drive she enjoyed life again. Following her husband's death she worked at a number of positions, including librarian at Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute. After retirement in 1988, she travelled, visited sick and elderly members of her church and helped with the church library. She will be remembered for her devotion to her family, love of books and plants, her resourcefulness and delectable meals. Her children and grandchildren celebrate her love and support. She will be dearly missed. Left to mourn are three daughters and their families: Jean and Gary with grandson Sean in Halifax; Alice and Herb in St. Catharines; and Margaret and Prasad with grandchildren Matthew and Kiran in Winnipeg. Her two sisters and two remaining brothers in The Netherlands and their families, as well as the Kapinga family in The Netherlands and Australia, also remember her. A special thanks is given to the Covenant Church community for visiting Mum and helping her as she grew frail. We also thank Dr. Anne Kong, her Homecare workers, and the staff of Concordia Hospital and St. Norbert Personal Care Home for all their care and kindness. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February, 18, 2009 at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 653 Knowles Ave. Winnipeg, Rev. Clarence Bishop officiating. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Centre Ministries, 240 Powers St. Winnipeg, MB R2W 5L1. Arrangements entrusted to: KLASSEN FUNERAL HOME 1897 Henderson Hwy. 338-0331 Send expressions of sympathy at www.mem.com.


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