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Donkers/Kustermans History Book

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S: Moments in Time

BC: Published - Apr. 2013

1: Mom (Elizabeth Kennes) was born on March 29, 1933 in Alphen, Holland.

2: On May 27, 1949, at the age of 16, mom along with her family immigrated to Canada. They flew by plane to the land known for opportunities , the family settled in Parkhill, Ont. | Kennes Family L-R: Louis, Catherine, Oma (Marie), Harry, Opa (Hubert), Marie, Hubert, Elizabeth. In front: Seline. Absent: Joe

3: Mom soon worked in London at the hospital, doing laundry & dishes and helped in the sugar beats on neighbouring farms. Mom also cleaned house and polished silver for a doctor and his family in London. Money was tight, so all money earned was given to the parents to share for the whole family!

4: Pretty | Woman

6: The Donkers family farm in Boekel, Holland. All 14 children were born in this house. The smaller part in the front of the building is where the pigs were raised. The cows were in the back part on the left, and the family lived on the right side where the window can be seen. On the right and in behind the building was an orchard.

7: Dad (John Donkers) born on Aug. 13, 1929 | The Donkers family, leaving their home by bus on Feb. 13th, 1951 to immigrate to Canada. Everyone on the boat got sick on the rocky voyage to Canada. John (Dad) heard that if you ate a lot, you wouldn't get sick, so he ate, and ate. He was sicker than anyone else!

9: Picking corn in the winter time, L-R: Harry, Berta, Bill and Dad. | The Donkers family settled in the Camlachie area. They had a small bus to take everyone to work in the tobacco fields or in the sugar beets. On Sundays they would take the bus to church, and Uncle Tony would play his accordion on the way. They also took this bus to dances in Strathroy on Saturday nights... it was at one of these dances that Dad met Mom and they began to date.

10: Mom and Dad married on Nov. 9, 1957 in Parkhill, Ont. It was a cold and stormy day, but the day went on and it was beautiful.

12: Back Row L-R: Tony, Tonia, Anna. Middle Row L-R: John, Adrian, Opa, Oma, Piet, Ted. Front Row L-R: Bill, Mary, Rina and Berta. | A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.

13: The Donkers Family - 1951 L-R: Piet, Tony, Ted, Tonia, Anna, Adrian, John, Mary, Berta, Bill, Rina, Harry, Ricky. Martin was born later. | Opa (Hubert) & Oma (Maria Vogels) Donkers

14: Dad bought the farm in Forest in August 1957. In the beginning it was hard work. Bags were stuffed in the windows of the house, which needed to be replaced and the foundation needed repair. The lawn was full of big high thistles and long dllllddddd grass.

15: Mom & Dad worked very hard but they were happy, it was nice and quiet and they felt at home. Calves and piglets were raised and Dad continued to work in Sarnia as a carpenter to bring in more income. In the evening before bed, they prayed the rosary but often fell asleep before finishing.

16: The long lane was nick-named "John's Lane" by the local neighbours.

26: DONKERS - 1961 Adults- Back Row L-R: Tony Donkers, Harry Donkers, Donkers, Jack Berkers, Chris Westelaken, John Vanderweilen, Adrian Front Row L-R: Mary Donkers, Anne Donkers, Elizabeth Donkers, Opa Joanne Donkers, Berta Berkers, Rina Westelaken, Mary Vanderweilen,

27: John Donkers, Piet Donkers, Martin Donkers, Albert Van Moorsel, Bill Donkers, Ted Verwegen, Ted Donkers. (Hubert), Sister Anna Donkers, Oma (Marie), Ricky Van Moorsel, Ann Donkers, Toni Verwegen, Dorothy Donkers.

30: Dad passed away suddenly from an electrical farm accident on Jan. 18th, 1964

31: It was a very difficult time for the young family... a tremendous loss. Both the Donkers and Kennes families were very supportive, he was missed so much by all!

32: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." | Opa & Oma Kennes Hubert Kennes Nov. 25, 1892 - Jan. 3, 1969 Marie (Hendriks) Kennes Apr. 22, 1902 - Sept. 14, 1994

33: Opa & Oma Donkers Hubert Donkers Nov. 10, 1886 - Oct. 8, 1968 Marie (Vogels) Donkers Sept. 10, 1899 - May 11, 1982

38: Marie | Frances | Betty | Joe | John

39: John | Joe | Betty | Frances | Marie

40: Back Row L-R: Frances, Marie, Betty, Front Row L-R: John, Joe, Mom

41: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

50: Pete Van Hout, came to work on the farm shortly after Dad's death and lived with the family for approximately 10 years, becoming like a father figure to the children. | After leaving the farm, he moved to Wyoming, and got a job at Hendrick Farm Equipment. He lived there, as a bachelor until his death in 1990.

51: 1981

55: Apr. 1999

56: Donkers Family 50 years in Canada (2001)

57: Kennes Family celebrating Oma Kennes' 85th birthday! (1987) | Oma in front with couples L-R: Bernie Stinnissen & Elizabeth Donkers, Ted & Catherine Van Roestel, Pete & Seline Visser Albert & Marie Vanden Boogart Lies & Harry Kennes, Cia & Hubert Kennes, Rachell & Joe Kennes, Carol & Louis Kennes.

58: 1994

59: 2009

64: Mom moved to Strathroy in Dec. 1998

65: She enjoys her pets, ``Coco`` and ``Kitty``

66: Mom's beautiful flower beds.

68: Mom (Elizabeth) - Mar. 29, 1933 remarried on Jan. 24, 1986 to Bernie Stinnissen - Dec. 13, 1928 Divorced in 1996

69: Betty Marie Frances | Joe John

70: Dec. 2012

72: Marie - July 31, 1958 & Pete Kustermans - Mar. 18, 1956 Married on June 30, 1979 Divorced in 1997 Monique - Aug. 26, 1980 (passed away - Oct. 26, 1986) Shaun - July 25, 1982 Justin - Dec. 7, 1984 Jason - Dec. 22, 1989

74: It was with sadness that Monique passed away after a three year battle of Aplastic Anemia.

75: Justin | Jason | Shaun

80: Frances - Oct. 8, 1959 & Matt Roelands - Dec. 29, 1956 Married on Apr. 19, 1980 Christopher - Sept. 16, 1981 Adrian - Oct. 9, 1982 Annette - July 20, 1984 Bridgette - July 21, 1984 Daniel - Sept. 9, 1987

83: Daniel | Adrian | Christopher | Annette | Bridgette

84: Betty - Apr. 20, 1961 & Mike de Brouwer - Dec. 17, 1960 Married on July 7, 1984 Christine - July 30, 1985 Robyn - Jan. 7, 1987 Michael - Aug. 1, 1989 Andrea - Jan. 28, 1993

86: Robyn | Christine

87: Michael | Andrea

88: Joe - Dec. 31,1963 & Mary Straatman - May 27, 1966 Married on June 20, 1987 Brian - June 16, 1989

90: Brian

91: Now | Home Farm - Then

92: John - Mar. 27, 1964 & Linda de Koning - May 29, 1964 Married on Aug. 9, 1986 Kyle - Dec. 30, 1988 Leanne - Feb. 2, 1990 Jenny - Mar. 25, 1991 Sarah - Dec. 19, 1993

94: Leanne | Kyle

95: Jenny | Sarah

96: Christopher Roelands & Jen Honey - July 18, 1981 Married on July 15, 2006 Melina - Apr. 20, 2008 August - Dec. 6, 2009 Piper - June 2, 2012

97: Melina | August | Piper

98: Adrian Roelands & Jodi Greydanus - June 24, 1982 Married on Aug. 27, 2005 Mia - Apr. 4, 2008 Arie - Jan. 18, 2010 Eva - Dec. 2, 2011

99: Mia | Arie | Eva

100: Annette Roelands & Tjeerd de Wit - Aug. 14, 1981 Married on July 12, 2008 Lucas - Feb. 14, 2010 Alyssa - Sept. 1, 2011

101: Alyssa | Lucas

102: Bridgette Roelands & Marijn Fleuren - May 7, 1981 Married on June 27, 2009 Matthew - Jan 11, 2011 Kaylee - Dec. 4, 2012

103: Matthew | Kaylee

104: Daniel Roelands & Janet Leenders - Oct. 8, 1987 Married on Sept 12, 2009 Hannah - Sept. 11, 2010

105: Hannah

106: Shaun Kustermans & Michelle Moore - June 8, 1983 Married on July 9, 2011 Kaiden - Oct. 24, 2012

107: Kaiden

108: Leanne Donkers & Ken Aarts - June 15, 1989 Engaged to be married on June 22, 2013

109: Jason Kustermans & Marina Herrlinger - Apr. 12, 1987 Engaged to be married in 2015 | Michael de Brouwer & Rianna vanLeeuwen - June 4, 1989 Engaged to be married in 2014

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