April 17, 1935 - April 27, 2019
Gerardina “Dineke” Adriana Kraay-Hofman passed away at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon with her husband by her side. Dineke was born in the Netherlands as the second child of six in the family of Rev. Feite and Artje Hofman. She studied at the Normal School in Arnhem and Utrecht and taught elementary school for two years in Waspik and eight in Wageningen. There she met the love of her life and married Gerrit “Gerry” Kraay on May 8, 1963. They had three sons before they moved to Guelph, Ontario, in 1967. In 1974 they moved to Kemptville, Ontario, where their fourth son was born. Since 1987 they have been living in Saskatoon.
Dineke was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who devoted her life to her family, her church and her community. She loved tending her flower garden.
Dineke is survived by her husband Gerry, sons Hendrik (Judith Clark) of Calgary; Feite (Norma, nee Vazquez) and children Alex and Isabella, all of Toronto; Aart (Vickie, nee Majerovich) and children Constance, Tomas and Nicolas all of Alexandria, VA; and Klaas (Mary Beth, nee Halferty) and children Emma and Jacob, all of Toronto. She is also survived by her brother Auke Hofman, sisters Jantien Heming, Thilly Kuiper, Liesbet Lukens and sister-in-law Ans Hofman, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in the Netherlands.
When her youngest son was in high school, Dineke fulfilled her dream of a university education. She enrolled as a mature, part-time student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She obtained her BA degree in 1996 and her MA degree in 2002. She then taught for two semesters at St. Tomas More College at the U. of S.
Dineke was active at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. She served as church school teacher and as elder. Her great interest was in missions. She was very active in the Women’s Missionary Society, both locally and on the national level. She participated in mission awareness trips to Japan, Taiwan, India, Central Europe, Israel/Palestine and Malawi. She also served on the national board of the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. With her husband she travelled to various European countries, the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Australia and of course many times to visit family and friends in the Netherlands.
A service of thanksgiving and celebration of her life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (436 Spadina Cres. E.) in Saskatoon. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff of the intermediate care home in the Palisades, as well as to the doctors and nurses at St. Paul’s Hospital for their loving care and dedication. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the new Hospice for palliative care patients (closetohome.fund) or to a charitable organization of your choice. Arrangements in care of Mourning Glory Funeral Services, (306) 978-5200.
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