May 19, 1926 - Oct 7, 2020
As per Rika's wishes and in this time of COVID there will be no public service.
Those wishing to remember Rika are asked to make a donation in her memory to the Rocky Mountain House Health Center Auxiliary.
May 19,1926 - October 7, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Rika deWinter announces her passing at the Rocky Mountain House Health Center on October 7, 2020 at the age of 94.
Rika was born in the Netherlands in 1926 the 9th child of Cornelia and Jacob Verrijp. She was followed by 3 more siblings. Their home was filled with family until the war broke out in 1940 and the house they lived in was burnt down in the very early days of the conflict. Rika and her siblings were dispersed to live with various family members and friends for the duration of WW2.
Following the war, she was again able to live with her parents and some of the younger siblings.
In 1951 she married Jan deWinter and together they set sail for Canada in search of new opportunities. They settled in Kelowna, BC where Jan worked in the orchards and Rika picked up housekeeping and seamstress jobs. By 1953 she was a much sought-after seamstress particularly for making wedding dresses.
Their daughter Corry was born in 1954 followed by a son John in 1958. In the 1960's Rika worked as a jail matron looking after female prisoners in the Kelowna jail which at the time was in the basement of the RCMP station. Many of these girls kept in touch with Rika for several years after their stay in the Kelowna cells.
Following the death of her husband Jan, she decided to move to Rocky Mountain House to be closer to family. Here she became an important part of her grandchildren's lives attending school functions, band concerts, boy scout dinners and girl guide award ceremonies. The kids loved to go to Oma's house for sleepovers.
For many years she volunteered in the community at both Westview Lodge and in the Hospital gift shop.
She loved to grow and nurture any kind of plant and was happiest being outside either in her own yard, the grounds at the lodge or having a picnic in the mountains.
In 2018 at the age of 92 she moved into Westview Lodge and it became home for the past two years.
Rika is survived by her daughter Corry Woods, son John deWinter and grandson Lyle Woods all of Rocky Mountain House as well as her grand daughter Sheri Woods and great grandson Conner Woods of Saskatoon.
Rika was predeceased by her husband Jan in 1981, daughter in law Debbie in 2012, her parents and all but two of her 11 siblings.
Mom truly was beautiful inside and out and will be deeply missed.
As per her wishes and in this time of COVID there will be no public service.
Those wishing to remember her are asked to make a donation in her memory to the Rocky Mountain House Health Center Auxiliary.
Rocky Funeral and Sylvan Lake Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626
What an interesting life Oma had! It's wonderful that you got to have her for so long. So many will miss her.
Zarina Vuyk - van der Hoeven, Rotterdam, Netherlands:
Lots of strength to the family. Her obituary was very beautyfull
Rick and Connie Kwantes:
We wish to extend our sincere sympathy and friendship with the loss of Rika. Our condolences to your family.
Nora en Jan:
It is a great loss to miss your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother after a long and intense life in which she was a beloved partner.
We wish you all the strength to bear this loss and power to hold on to the fond memories of her.
With heartfelt condolences,
Nora en Jan, mede namens tante Truus.
Grant & Lori Allen:
Rika was a strong, beautiful, compassionate woman. Her obituary shows all of her amazing layers. Grant and I always enjoyed our visits with her over the years. Grant loved her enthusiasm over his new little “princess”. I loved our “pie” visits.
Thinking of you all and hoping all of your wonderful memories will bring you comfort.
Corrie and Arie, Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands:
Lots of strength to the family. Aunty Rika will be missed!
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