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de RAAF, Janny “Jenny” (nee Poot)

May 31, 1929 – November 20, 2011

Janny “Jenny” de Raaf beloved wife of John of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at the age of 82 years.

She was born on May 31, 1929 in De Lier, Netherlands. She was the third of eight children. Her early years were spent growing up in De Lier where she also attended school, then later finished her schooling in Naaldwyk. After John and Jenny married on February 24, 1954 they immigrated to Canada to begin their new life together. That life began in Rosemary, Alberta working on a potato farm until their first child was born. After four years, they moved to Brooks were they resided and raised their family until 2007 when they moved to Calgary to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Mom loved to cook Dutch food, did endless baking, enjoyed Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights, had a passion for playing cards and doing jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by her loving husband of fifty-eight years John; her five children, Leny, Casey, John (Joel), Mary Jane (Dan) and Jeannette (Doug); fifteen grandchildren, Sara, Brittanee, Rita, Jessica, Jaimee, Maria, Delaine, Corbin, Jamie, Jenny, Paul, Shane, Abby, Bryson and Megan; and eight great-grandchildren, Raina, Brodin, Breanna, Daryan, Tristan, Shawn, Reed and Matthew.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, November 24, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Covenant Christian Reformed Church (50 Millrise Boulevard S.W.) on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Administrative Office, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton AB T5H 4K1. Tel: (1-866) 950-5465, .

In living memory of Jenny de Raaf, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I am so deeply saddened by the death of this wonderful woman – Wife, Mother, Mother-In Law, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

    She will be missed dearly by all.

    My thoughts go out to all family members, and I am sure with the strength in numbers in the family, you are finding comfort with one another and friends.

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  2. We are so very sorry for your loss and our hearts are heavy with and for you. We apologize for not being able to attend but are thinking of you today.

    The MacLeod Family

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  3. Stefan Kesegi Jr. :

    I am so sorry to hear the news of your Mom’s passing. I wish you the highest degree of strength and courage to get yourself through these tough times. I hope that you and the rest of your family will find peace and understanding of something we don’t always comprehend. I will be in Calgary in January and will make a point of giving you a big hug (we all need a hug sometimes). My heart goes out to you as I write this. Take care of yourself and those close to you who need you at a time like this.

    Stefan Kesegi Jr.

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  4. Oma, I miss you so much. So does the rest of the family. You were an amazing person and fun to be around. I can’t wait to see you again. xoxo

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  5. Oma it has been almost 3 years since you have been gone and I still think about you all the time. I love you so very much and miss you dearly.

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  6. Raina de Raaf :

    Oma, it’s been 6 years and it doesn’t seem to get any easier. Not a day goes by I don’t think about you and Opa. I love you guys so very much. Until we see you again. ❤️

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