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Irene Bosma, age 93, of the Emo Health Centre Long Term Care, 170 Front Street, Emo, Ont. passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011.

She was born Oct. 18, 1917 in Oostermeer, Friesland, The Netherlands to the late Johannes and Aukjie Dykman.

On May 30, 1940, Irene was united in marriage to James Bosma. Following their marriage they farmed in the Netherlands until 1948, when they immigrated to Canada and settled in Oberon, Man..

In 1950, the family moved to Winnipeg to work and then in 1952 moved to the farm in Burriss where they raised their children and farmed many more years, until moving to Emo in 1986.

Irene was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Emo.

Irene was an accomplished homemaker. She learned all the skills in the Netherlands at school. When she arrived in Canada she learned to bake, can fruits and vegetables—tasks not known before. She knitted whenever time permitted keeping her family in warm socks, mitts and scarves.

When her children and grandchildren had homes of their own, James and Irene took the motorhome to visit. For many years, they travelled to Florida enjoying the sunshine and outdoor activities. They made many new friends there sharing coffee times, biking and walking.

In quiet times, Irene enjoyed reading, especially books in the Dutch language.

Irene kept in touch with all of her family when she travelled to the Netherlands. She was interested in their lives and wrote many letters and cards.

Her siblings and spouses came to visit several times and Irene and James proudly travelled throughout Canada showing their adopted land to them.

They had many fond memories of driving the motorhome and seeing beautiful scenery.

Church and its activities were very important to Irene. She faithfully attended until ill health beset her.

She will be missed dearly by her family and many friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Bosma, in 2003; granddaughter, Jennifer Carlson; brothers-in-law, Ale deBoer and Eelje Stelpstra; and sisters-in-law, Wip Dykman, and Imke Dykman.

Irene is survived by five children, Audrey and husband Arie Borger of Thunder Bay, Ont., Kathi and husband, Paul Michmerhuizen, of Zeeland, Michigan, Margaret and husband, Dan Ozerkevich, of Thunder Bay, Robert Bosma of Emo, and John Bosma and wife, Debbie, of Emo,; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the eldest of seven with all of her siblings living in the Netherlands, and is survived by her brothers, Koen Dykman, Esager Dykman, and Teunis Dykman; and sisters, Gelske Kingma, Soukje Ale deBorer and Ankje Stelpstra. Many nieces and nephews were born after she and James immigrated.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at the Emo Christian Reformed Church in Emo, Ontario. Reverend Harold deJong officiated with interment in Emo Cemetery.

Family and friends visited prior to services on Monday morning from 10:30 a.m. until service time.

Active pallbearers were Irene’s grandchildren, Tim Shortreed, Mike Otway, Kolby Ozerkevich, Kayleigh Ozerkevich, Carlee Bosma, and Jameson Shortreed.

Honourary pallbearers were Chas and Rita Byma, John and Irene Ploegman, John and Linda Esselink, Mark Van Heyst, Riek Sieders, Henk Abma, and Nick and Hilda Schryvershof.

Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice, in care of Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, ON., P9A 3M8.

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