Peacefully at the Exeter Villa, with family by her side on Thursday, August 13, 2015, of Exeter, and formerly of Hensall, in her 84th year. Beloved wife of Peter Toornstra for over 62 years. Dear mother of Elsie and Gerald Willis of Hensall, Clarence and Betty Toornstra, and Sam and Shelly Toornstra all of Exeter. Dear grandmother of Carisa and Brian, Michelle and Pat, Steven and Veronique; Ben and Lea, Leanna and Ben, Zach; Ashley and Tyler and Lucas. Dear great-grandmother of Kinsley, Cory, Erica, Kate, Lauryn, Ryan, Brayden, and Kailyn. Dear sister of Auke and Alie Talma of Brampton. Remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Sijtze and Elske Talma, sisters Tina Kingma and Sandra VanderLinde, and brothers John, Clarence, and Sam Talma.
Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street west of Main), on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where the funeral service will be held on Monday, August 17 at 11 AM with Mary Jane Bisset officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery.
Donations to the South Huron Hospital, the Exeter Villa, the Caven Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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Ellen Hodgins (Simpson)
Sam, Shelley and family….so sorry for your loss.
Dear Toornstra family,
My condolences to you all on the passing of Helen. She will now be up in heaven watching over you all as she did here on earth. Cherish all the good times and memories. She was very proud of all her family. Hugs to you all
Your parents have been missed on Somerset Street and I was saddened to hear of your mother’s death. She was very proud
of her family and your wonderful memories of her will be of
great comfort now, I hope.
Brenda and Ivan Hern
Peter, Sam & Shelley and families.
So sorry for your loss. Helen was a sweet lady much loved by her children and grandchildren. I admired her and Peter’s devotion to each other. Thinking of you all.
Sandra Sweitzer says:
Elsie,Gerald and family
We are sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing and extend our sincere sympathy.
Sandra Sweitzer, Ivan and Eva Grigg.
Ken and Marg Caldwell
Clarence and Betty and family: We wish to convey our sympathy in
the loss of Clarence’s mother, Helena. Ken and I met up with you folks through our niece Catherine and Ron Beierling some years ago.
The residents and staff of the Exeter Villa send their heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Peter, Elsie and Gerald
So sorry to hear of Helena’ s death.
I have many wonderful memories in and out of church
Very sorry I missed visitation and service.
Jeff, Kelly, Kennedy and Kassidy Warren
Sam, Shelly, Ashley and Lucas
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. Love and hugs to you all.
Ena de Haan
Deepfelt sympathy to Peter Toornstra and his family. May you be comforted.
Jim & betty deblock
So sorry to hear of your mothers ‘ passing. Our thoughts are with you and family at this difficult time. May you find comfort in the special memories and photos in the days ahead.
My sincere sympathy to all of you at this time of sorrow..
Brian & Pat Hicks
We were saddened to hear or the loss of your Mother. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Brian & Pat
To the Toornstra families
Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time. May you cherish her
memories and hold them close to your heart and she will walk with
you forever. Deepest Sympathy.
Pat & Bill Wheeler
Dearest Peter and Family, We were so sad to hear of the passing of Helena, she was a wonderful lady and will be so missed by her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers
are with you in this time of sorrow. God Bless
Sincerest condolences from myself, Lloyd and Lois McFalls. Helena was such a kind, generous lady. I know she will be greatly missed.
Paul Glenda&Zack Waddell
Our condolences to your family. thinking of you at this time
Sam,Shelley and family
Sorry to read of your Mom,s death,sending sincere sympathy to your family at this time.
Sam and Shelley & family
Please accept my sincerest sympathy of the passing of your Mom.
Hank & Pat van der Linde
Our sincerest condolences to you Peter and to the extended family on the passing of a wonderful and caring aunt. Her infectious humour will be missed.
My sincere condolences to you all at this very difficult time. May you all find comfort in the special memories & photos of Helena that each & everyone of you hold. Thinking of you all…xo
Bob &Wanda Reynolds
To the Toornstra Family
Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.
Bob and Wanda Reynolds
Dave Frayne and Cathy Cade
Our condolences to all of the family members of Helen. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Sam, Shelley & family
So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was a great lady. Cherish the memories. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Peter, Elsie,Gerald & the rest of the Toonstra Family
My deepest Sympathy in your Loss of a Great Lady, Enjoyed many times we shared at PC W. Of Caven.Treasure your Memories
Darlene Edwards and family
So sorry for your loss Elsie and Gerald and family. Remember the good times and your mom, grandma will always be with you in your heart. Love is for always.
Evelyn Steckle Vincnet
Sincere sympathy to each of Helena. Se was always friendly and kind. Wishing each of you peace and comfort.
My deepest sympathy to you all. Helen was a very nice woman. Thinking of you all.
Bill Heather, Karen Dickins
Gerald ,Elsie,Sam and Shelly, so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Our thoughts are with you…Bill and Karen
Maria van Der Linde
So sorry to hear of the passing of Lena. She was a special lady with an incredible sense of humour.
Karen & Bill Brintnell
Sam & Shelly, Clarence & Betty & Families
So sorry to hear of the sad loss of your Mom, Mother in law and Grandma. Thoughts are with you all at this time.
Hugs, Karen, Bill, Zach & Caitlin.
George & Joyce Vivian
Sorry to read about your mother passing away. Treasure all your good memories.
Elsie, Gerald, Peter…and family’s…So saddened to hear of Helena’s passing – She was one “awesome Lady” in my books….will never attend Caven without looking for Her ( and Peter) 4 rows up.. to my left….my thoughts and prayers are with everyone of you at this sad time in your lives….Hugs to all
Al and Vickie Harvey
Zach and family
So sorry for your loss
Vickie and Al Harvey
Dorothy and John Henderson
We were so sorry to hear today of Helena’s death. Such a lot of wonderful (although short in years) memories we have of her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Peter and the Toornstra fanily
So sorry to hear of Helenas’ passing. She was such a nice lady. Please accept my sympathy.
Alan & Mary
Peter, Elsie,Gerald,Clarence,Betty,Sam,Shelley and families we are so sorry on the passing of Helen. May your days ahead be filled with many wonderful memories. Lots of love and hugs.