John Tolsma

Tolsma, John – now in the presence of Jesus, with Mom, who we laid to rest just nine days earlier. John passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the age of 90. Beloved father of Art (Enica) Tolsma, Marg (Win) Medenblik-Elzinga, Rita (Brad) Moor, Linda (Gerry) Wolting. Grandfather (Pake) of 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, Aize & Grietje Tolsma, sister Hilda Fohkens, and brothers Johannes and Obele. Special thanks to Dr. Stronks, Pastor William Koopmans, staff of CCAC, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, and the Chatham-Kent Hospice for their recent loving care of our father. Friends will be received by the family at Grace Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday, October, 12 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Private interment at Maple Leaf Cemetery on Thursday, October 13, 2016 followed by a memorial service at Grace Christian Reformed Church at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Chatham Christian School or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences and memories can be shared at
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11 Comments on “John Tolsma”

  1. Dear Tolsma family, Please accept my sympathies so soon again. May God’s comforting arms surround each of you in this time of loss. Speak often of the memories that are left with each of you to share with each other.

  2. Dear Art, Margaret, Rita and Linda and families
    My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you…so soon again you have to say goodbye to one of your parents….may you be comforted to know that now your mom and dad are united together again in the ur Heavenly home….may God surround you with His comforting love!

  3. Rita, Brad, Laura, Kaitlyn, Sam, and all the family. So sorry for the losses that you have gone through over the last few weeks. Our heart felt sympathies.
    Cathy, Jerry, Shaina, Jake and Hilary.

  4. Someday you’ll look back on these few weeks and shake your heads — and marvel at how God carried you through. It’s been one loss after another for your dear families. Hold onto the assurance of our Lord and Saviour’s defeat of death and surety of eternal life for your mom and dad, who believed with all their minds, souls, strength, and lives — and passed this deep faith to children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. What a blessing. As you miss them and mourn, may you also be encouraged to do the same for all the generations to follow. God bless you. I am sorry that I cannot be there in person to hug you again, share your sorrow in person. But know that Rick (from where he is in the heavenly realm) and I are loving you and praying.

  5. Dear Marg, Win, Aaron and Michelle and Tolsma families:Our deepest sympathy to all of you as you again gather together to celebrate your father’s life.We will continue to pray for all of you in the days ahead.
    Roy&Helen(Medenblik) Campbell and family.

  6. Dear Tolsma Family,
    Our Deepest Sympathies to you all. Praying for God’s loving arms to surround you and comfort you.
    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers..
    Peter & Inske Antuma
    Brenda (Antuma) Blue

  7. Tolsma Family,
    God now holds your beloved parents and grandparents in His arms. May you find comfort and peace in the promise of meeting again in joy everlasting.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Christine Schram

  8. Dear Tolsma fam.
    May our Heavenly Father be very near unto you all at this time of sorrow.First Mother now father and stil a Blessing as they were preparing for their Heavenly Home as we live only in a tent on this earth. We receive all things from Him including comfort.

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn the loss of your dad so soon after your mom. May God surround you with His love and comfort in the days ahead.
    Len and Sylvia Hazenberg

  10. Dear Tolsma family,
    I was very saddened to hear of Mr. Tolsma’s passing but am happy that he did not have to go through any of the suffering that would have gone with missing his dear wife………….they were a wonderful couple and are now together again………

    I do mourn for you all though. Losing two such special people is such a short time is so hard…….

    Wishing you all the strength and love as you go forward……

    Audrey Hummelen

  11. Dear Tolsma Family,

    We were very sad to here the news of the passing of your father and grandfather, so soon after the passing of his beloved wife. We have great memories of them and will keep them in our hearts. Much love to you and thinking of you all.

    Willem en Ida Beimers

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