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Anthony (Tony) Klaas
September 12, 1948 – March 1, 2021
Anthony (Tony) Klaas Siebring, 72, passed away on March 1, 2021 in Chilliwack. Tony is survived by his wife of 47 years, Tillie Siebring (Tromp), and his five children: Darrell, Lorraine (Foorat), Richard (Angela), Robert, Melissa (Cam), along with his eight grandchildren: Kaevon, Marcus, Nishan, Carter, Levi, Breanna, Jax and Emery; and his three brothers: Jan (Anna), Willem (Jannie) and Piet. Tony was predeceased by his younger sister, Janny Siebring (2006), his mother, Simentje Johanna (2015), and his father, Harm Hendrik (1964).
Tony was born on September 12, 1948 in Stadskanaal, Netherlands and was the eldest child of Simentje Johanna Doornbos and Harm Hendrik Siebring. In 1972, he immigrated to Canada, and married Tillie in 1974 where he first lived in Duncan and worked in the dairy industry. In 1980, Tony and Tillie, along with Darrell and Lorraine, settled in Abbotsford, where Tony continued to work in the dairy industry and started Pacific Dairy Centre in 1986, where he remained until 2020. In 2015, Tony and Tillie
relocated to Chilliwack, when Tony semi-retired.
Tony was an incredibly active and social person, whose smile was unforgettable along with his quirky and joyful personality. He was a man of God who deeply loved his family and friends, and he was an active member of Trinity Christian Reformed Church since 1980. Tony greatly enjoyed the fellowship and companionship of others; the loss of his presence will be a vast void for anyone who knew him.
The internment service for Tony took place on Tuesday, March 9 at the Chilliwack Cemetery. A memorial service followed and was held at Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Abbotsford. Due to COVID regulations only a limited number of people were able to attend the internment and memorial services. However, the memorial service was recorded and is available to be viewed under the live streaming section of Trinity CRC's website:
Helena (Leny)
Arnolda Dirven
(nee: vanBohemen)
July 25, 1928 – February 20, 2021
Born in Veur, Netherlands on July 25, 1928, the ninth of 13 children, Helen is survived by her brother Kees, sisters Ploon and An; her children, Maggi (Dave) Gromniski, Bert (Laurie) Dirven, Mary (Dennis) Giesler and Mike (Debbie) Dirven; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family.
After marriage in 1956 and moving to Canada, she and Cor eventually settled on a farm in Rosedale in 1962 – the beginning of Helco Holsteins. She was an active dairy farmer until 1997 when she retired and moved next door to the farm.
Helen and her family spent many summers at the local fairs and the PNE. The kids were in 4-H and the family showed their Holsteins. She was also a regular behind the lunch counter at many UFV Holstein Club consignment sales. She liked a good competition, and the Hand Milking Contest at the Chilliwack Fair was an event she participated in. She was a long-time director and lifetime member of the Chilliwack Ag. Society, spending many years as Chair of Household Arts at the Fair.
Some of Mom’s happiest moments
were at pancake breakfasts surrounded by her family at home in her kitchen. Mom’s coffee pot was bottomless as was the cookie jar. Whether you were her friend, neighbour, business associate or a friend of one of her kids, you knew there was always time for coffee and a chat.
Helen leaves behind a lifetime of friends and she was so grateful to have you all in her life and thankful for the many blessings. She was a good friend to all and “Oma” to many. Helen would like to be remembered for the “dash” in her life, 1928 – 2021. What matters is how you live and love and how you spend your dash.
In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to BC Children’s Hospital, Canadian Cancer Society or Chilliwack Hospital Foundation.
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