Derksen, Louise (nee Dick)
Louise Derksen passed away peacefully at the Leamington Mennonite Home on Monday, January 22, 2018 in her 100th year. She has now arrived at her true home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom she loved and trusted. She was predeceased by her husband David Derksen (2010) with whom she shared over 71 years of married love. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness, service and faith. She also leaves behind a grateful family; son David (Esther) and their children Richard, Paul (Ali); daughter Linda; son Marvin (Barbara) and their children Kevin (Jenn), Stephen (Rebecca), Alan; son Ken (Barb) and their children Alexandra Buchan (Tim), Suzanne Weeks (Ryan), Jeremy. Great Grandmother to Isaac, Joel and Nathan Buchan, and Moriah Weeks. She is also mourned by her brother Peter Dyck (Lillian) of Kitchener and sister-in law Naomi Dyck (Fresno, California). Louise was predeceased by 5 siblings.
Louise was born on November 6, 1918 to parents Gerhard and Louise (Unruh) Dick in the Russian Mennonite village of Orloff in southern Russia. The family immigrated to Canada in 1926 settling first on Pelee Island, then in the Leamington area. Upon their marriage in 1938 Louise and David settled and remained in the Leamington area their entire lives. She was a life long and committed member of the Leamington Mennonite Brethren Church (Meadowbrook Church) and was active in supporting refugee settlement and other charities such as Mennonite Central Committee.
The family thanks the staff of the Leamington Mennonite Home and Dr. Randy Holloway for the loving and compassionate care offered to our mother during her last years. The family will receive friends at the Reid Funeral Home and Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Friday, January 26 from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. A memorial service will be held at the Meadowbrook Church, 219 Talbot Street East, Leamington on Saturday, January 27 at 11 a.m. A private family Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery was held. As expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Leamington Mennonite Home or to Mennonite Brethren Missions. Family and Friends may share their memories of Louise or make an online contribution at www.reidfuneralhome.ca