Passed away peacefully at home on July 30, 2022. Predeceased in 2014 by her loving husband of 56 years, Gysbertus and in 2019 by her son John. Dina will be greatly missed by her children, Joanne Tessmer (Alan), Kevin Luttjehuizen (Linda), Cindy Luttjehuizen (Carl), her sister Jenny Bittner, her Grandchildren, Brenda McIntyre, Kris Tessmer (Janine), Skye Katsaros (Yannis), Kate Luttjehuizen as well as Great Grandchildren Chloe, Hudson, Koen, Quentin and her nieces and nephews.
Originally from Groningen, Netherlands, her family immigrated to Oakville, Ontario, Canada when she was 12 years old. They later moved to Grimsby where she met the love of her life who lived just down the street from them. Dina and Bert married in 1957 and had 4 children together. In 1975 they founded Harmony House Jewellers in Grimsby, Hagersville Jewellers in 1980 and Dunnville Jewellers in 1985. Once they retired her oldest son John and his wife purchased the Hagersville store and youngest son Kevin and his wife purchased the Grimsby and Dunnville stores.
Dina was an amazing cook, baker, seamstress and worked extremely hard all her life whether it was at their business’s, raising her family or on the farm. She will be remembered for her strength, her smile and her love of animals.
We would like to express our utmost love and appreciation to her palliative caregivers who helped make her wish of living her life in her own home until the end met. Henrietta, Thailee, Lynn, Hetty, Kate, Sabine and Michelle - words cannot express how thankful we are for the loving care and support you gave to our mother. You are all amazing!
We would also like to thank Paul from St. Elizabeth’s. Mom’s face would always light up like a Christmas Tree when she saw you walking by the front window on your way in the house. She adored you!
Thank you to Tracey from St. Elizabeth’s and the Pallative Care Team from WLMH and lastly Dr. Cescon for taking Mom on in a time of need.
“It takes a Village”
Respecting Dina’s wishes she will be cremated and there will be a small private reception at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Mom’s favorite animal rescue service
A Memorial Tree was planted for Dina
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Tallman Funeral Homes - Vineland