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KINGMA, Jannie (nee Debruin)

October 17, 1945 – April 22, 2012

Jannie Kingma (nee Debruin) was born in Almeivan, Indonesia on October 17, 1945, while her Father was stationed there with the Dutch army.

Soon after her birth, her family moved back to Harlingen, Holland, where she spent her childhood and met her future husband, Wytze (Joe) Kingma. Their union created two children: Johannes (Jo) born in 1963, and Grietje (Grace) born in 1965. The young family left the Netherlands for the greener pastures of Canada, where Jannie’s parents had moved a few years earlier. As new immigrants Jannie and Wytze struggled and worked hard to build a solid foundation for the future.

Time was spent working in Edmonton, Cranbrook and then finally Calgary in 1977. Many close friends and relationships were formed wherever the family moved but Calgary soon became home. Many of Jannie’s friends benefited from her keen eye for decoration, painting and wallpapering, a talent which coupled well with her strong work ethic: she would not stop until the job was done right. This ingratiated her well with many new and old friends.

Jannie divorced Wytze when the children were young adults but maintained a life long friendship with him, even contributing her decorating skills to Wytze for his various house acquisitions over the years. Jannie’s hobby was work, she never stopped and when the houses she owned were completed she would help others or “prutz” (putter) in the garden. Jannie was also an accomplished seamstress and many of her drapery creations still survive. Her partner John Wingert was her rock in later years which included playing slots for her weekly $100 contribution and she even managed to win a large progressive pool of just over $100k.

Jannie also enjoyed traveling and accompanied John, friends and her son’s family on many vacations. Destinations such as Australia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico and the Netherlands were always on Jannie’s list. Her last year was spent working hard on what she loved most (being busy) as her son bought her a house near his family home. She tackled the renos and redecorating with her usual vigor and quickly invited her sister Gerrie and other family to visit Canada and see her new house. Shortly after this visit she became ill and was ultimately diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

She is survived and greatly missed by her daughter and her two children as well as two great-grandchildren; her son and his wife and their child, and numerous friends and family. Because of the international nature of Jannie’s life she requested that no funeral or service will be held. Donations on her behalf may be made to Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be forwarded through

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH. TELEPHONE: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Jan and Hal Hammerlindl :

    Joe and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. It was a pleasure to meet your mom in Maui a few years back – she travelled well with you guys. If there is anything you need please call.
    Jan and Hal Hammerlindl

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  2. Corinne Hittle-Calgary, AB :

    My deepest sympathy to Jannie’s family at this sad time of the news of her passing. I worked with your Mom at Eaton’s in the Custom-made Drapery & Upholstery Dept. & we still have in our home some beautiful drapes, curtains & a chesterfield & chair that she designed. She was so talented in her decorating skills. I have many great memories of the special friendship we shared. A $25.00 donation will be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Jannie.
    With Special Prayers of Comfort & Support, Corinne Hittle

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  3. David and Libby Meads :

    Jo and Doda, our thoughts are with and your family during this difficult time. Our sincerest condolences.

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  4. John and Marilyn Kvellestad :

    Joe and Family,

    We are sorry to hear about your loss. Although we only had the pleasure of knowing your mother for a very short period of time, we were so impressed with her energy and work ethic. She was a delight to visit with and we know she will be missed greatly.

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  5. Cisca van Dijk-Wolff Holland :

    Gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Jannie. Vriendin uit Harlingen.schrok van het bericht in de Harlingerkrant. Veel sterkte toegewenst.

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  6. Marijke Tigchelaar :

    Verdrietig te lezen in de Harlinger Courant dat Jannie op zo’n jonge leeftijd is overleden.
    Ik woonde met met ouders en broer en zus op de Heiligeweg en heb fijne herinneringen aan het huis op de hoek waar ik altijd speelde met haar.Daar ik op mijn 17 e uit Harlingen vertrok ,weet ik weinig van haar latere periode ,maar vriendinnen Cisca Wolff,Betty Menting,die ik inmiddels gebeld heb, hebben meer herinneringen.Ik ben Jannie op de Visserijdagen jaren geleden nog tegengekomen.
    Namens mijn zus en broer(vanuit Australia) wil ik de hele familie ons medeleven betuigen,

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