In Memory of




Obituary for Trijntje Van Diepen

August 7, 1935 - March 3, 2023

Surrounded by her children, Martina Edwards, Tosca Reno Kennedy, Ron and René Van Diepen and the love of her family, Trijntje (Tina) slipped away peacefully at home.

Trijntje was born and raised in Delft, the Netherlands, to parents Wilhelmina Cornelia Van Zwieten and Felix Franciscus Dumay. Trijntje was among the eldest of 13 children. In September 1954, at 18 years of age, she boarded the MS Sibajak from Rotterdam to Perth via Sydney, Australia as part of the postwar Dutch migration. She became a palliative care nurse, working with the dying until she was called back home to Delft.

Three years later, in August 1957, she emigrated from the Netherlands to Canada as a newlywed, with her husband Wilhelmus (Bill) Peter Van Diepen. Making their initial home in Québec, they quickly welcomed three children, Martina, Tosca and Ronald. William followed his trade as a tuinder and later welder, while Trijntje made her way as a homemaker and seamstress.

In 1963 Trijntje and Bill moved to Kingston, Ontario with their family where they welcomed another son, René. Tina and Bill raised their children here until the passing of Trijntje’s beloved husband in 1992. She then moved to Belleville, Ontario where she lived independently until her final days.

Trijntje, “Tina,” was a force of energy, enjoying the outdoors, sewing, reading, puzzling and playing bridge. Her handiwork in crocheting and knitting were beyond compare. Her favorite color was yellow.

Trijntje had an eye for beauty as she herself was a beauty. She valued spending time with her 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren above all else.

In true Dutch fashion, Trijntje, our dear mother, resourcefully created a beautiful life for her family. Her gifts will shine on for decades to come. If anyone were to ask, her eyes, a stark blue and white, were the color of her beloved home city, Delft.

A private service will be held at Marshall Funeral Home in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.