February 19, 1953 - November 3, 2023
In loving memory ~
Berendina "Dinie" Johanna Kloosterboer, of Cobble Hill, B.C., passed away peacefully at Cowichan Hospice House, on November 3rd, 2023, at the age of 70. Dinie leaves behind her lifelong partner Blaine Belecki of Cobble Hill, cherished siblings John (Mary) Kloosterboer of Kincardine, ON, Alice Kloosterboer (Greg Harms) of Vancouver, B.C., and Don Kloosterboer (Nancy Rutledge) of Port Albert, ON. She will be greatly missed by her sister-in-law Barbara (Geoff) Belecki and brother-in-law Gary (Samantha) Belecki. Dinie is predeceased by her parents Hentje and Tony Kloosterboer. She also will be fondly remembered by family friends, Bé Dekker and Sue Kloosterboer, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and relatives in The Netherlands.
Dinie was born in Almen, The Netherlands, and immigrated to Canada in 1954, when Tony and Hentje settled in Paisley ON and later bought a farm in Kincardine Township. Dinie was clever and ambitious, graduating with a BSC from the University of Western. She had a long career in hi-tech starting at Digital Equipment Corporation during its heyday, thriving with the challenging work and sharing many a beer with her colleagues. Dinie was very handy at DIY projects and, suitably, finished her working life at Home Depot in Duncan.
Dinie was always a very creative and crafty person. Her home is filled with her beautifully crocheted curtains and framed embroideries. She loved animals, especially dogs, which were a constant presence and centre of activity in Dinie and Blaine's homes. She believed in making a difference, however small, and showed continuing support for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the BC Parks Association.
Dinie was extremely grateful for the loving care and support she received from the staff and volunteers at the Victoria Cancer Clinic, the Cowichan District Hospital, the Victoria General Hospital, and the Cowichan Hospice House. Donations to the Hospice House and Nature Conservancy are greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy.