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TOORNSTRA: Helena (Talma) of Exeter formerly of Hensall

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On August 13, 2015 @ 2:28 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 37 Comments

TOORNSTRA: Helena (Talma) of Exeter formerly of Hensall

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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TOORNSTRA: Helena (Talma) of Exeter formerly of Hensall

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Condolence from Alan & Mary on August 13th, 2015 5:29 PM

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.

Condolence from Ann Maxwell on August 13th, 2015 5:38 PM

Peter and the Toornstra fanily
So sorry to hear of Helenas’ passing. She was such a nice lady. Please accept my sympathy.

Condolence from Dorothy and John Henderson on August 13th, 2015 5:44 PM

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.

Condolence from Al and Vickie Harvey on August 13th, 2015 5:55 PM

Zach and family

So sorry for your loss

Vickie and Al Harvey

Condolence from Joan Cleave on August 13th, 2015 10:15 PM

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

Condolence from George & Joyce Vivian on August 14th, 2015 6:07 AM

Sorry to read about your mother passing away. Treasure all your good memories.

Condolence from Karen & Bill Brintnell on August 14th, 2015 7:29 AM

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.

Condolence from Maria van Der Linde on August 14th, 2015 10:35 AM

So sorry to hear of the passing of Lena. She was a special lady with an incredible sense of humour.

Condolence from Bill Heather, Karen Dickins on August 14th, 2015 10:40 AM

Gerald ,Elsie,Sam and Shelly, so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Our thoughts are with you…Bill and Karen

Condolence from Liz Campbell on August 14th, 2015 10:48 AM

My deepest sympathy to you all. Helen was a very nice woman. Thinking of you all.

Condolence from Evelyn Steckle Vincnet on August 14th, 2015 12:06 PM

Sincere sympathy to each of Helena. Se was always friendly and kind. Wishing each of you peace and comfort.

Condolence from Darlene Edwards and family on August 14th, 2015 2:54 PM

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.

Condolence from Maureen Wood on August 14th, 2015 4:16 PM

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

Condolence from Mildred Northcott on August 14th, 2015 5:30 PM

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.

Condolence from Dave Frayne and Cathy Cade on August 14th, 2015 6:52 PM

Our condolences to all of the family members of Helen. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Bob &Wanda Reynolds on August 14th, 2015 9:31 PM

To the Toornstra Family

Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

Bob and Wanda Reynolds

Condolence from Cathy Batten on August 14th, 2015 9:52 PM

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

Condolence from Hank & Pat van der Linde on August 15th, 2015 11:30 AM

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.

Condolence from Aldeen Skinner on August 15th, 2015 11:35 AM

Sam and Shelley & family

Please accept my sincerest sympathy of the passing of your Mom.

Aldeen Skinner.

Condolence from Joyce Sovereign on August 15th, 2015 1:58 PM

Sam,Shelley and family

Sorry to read of your Mom,s death,sending sincere sympathy to your family at this time.

Condolence from Paul Glenda&Zack Waddell on August 16th, 2015 8:10 AM

Our condolences to your family. thinking of you at this time

Condolence from Helen Hodgins on August 16th, 2015 3:31 PM

Sincerest condolences from myself, Lloyd and Lois McFalls. Helena was such a kind, generous lady. I know she will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Pat & Bill Wheeler on August 16th, 2015 7:37 PM

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

Condolence from Marion McCarter on August 16th, 2015 8:58 PM

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.

Condolence from Brian & Pat Hicks on August 16th, 2015 10:08 PM

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

Condolence from Kathy Kirk on August 17th, 2015 8:41 AM

My sincere sympathy to all of you at this time of sorrow..

Condolence from Jim & betty deblock on August 17th, 2015 10:38 AM

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.

Condolence from Ena de Haan on August 17th, 2015 11:50 AM

Deepfelt sympathy to Peter Toornstra and his family. May you be comforted.

Condolence from Jeff, Kelly, Kennedy and Kassidy Warren on August 17th, 2015 11:57 AM

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.

Condolence from Lorna Stuart on August 17th, 2015 11:59 AM

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.



Condolence from Exeter Villa on August 17th, 2015 1:32 PM

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.

Condolence from Ken and Marg Caldwell on August 17th, 2015 9:37 PM

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.

Condolence from Sandra Sweitzer on August 17th, 2015 11:31 PM

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.

Condolence from Brenda and Ivan Hern on August 18th, 2015 5:31 AM

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.

Condolence from Dianne Waun on August 18th, 2015 3:47 PM

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.
Sincerely, Dianne

Condolence from Donna Toth on August 18th, 2015 10:53 PM

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

Condolence from Ellen Hodgins (Simpson) on August 19th, 2015 3:00 PM

Sam, Shelley and family….so sorry for your loss.

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