"The Lord is my Shepherd....and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23 1a, 6b
In His perfect timing, God called Gerrit (George) Johan Janssen home on November 18, 2023 in his 95th year surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased on April 18, 2023 by his beloved wife Ida ( nee Van Gurp) with whom he was wed for almost 69 years. Forever in the hearts of their six daughters: JoAnn Buist (Tony+ ), Ida De Jong+ (1995) (Ted), Bernice Janssen ( John de Wolf), Shirley Talsma (Ken), Marlene Lendvay (Dave), and Bev Van Straten (Marcel). Loved by his 13 grandchildren and their families: George & Robin Buist, Shirley & Nic Van Engen, Emily & Seth Adema, Sara De Jong, Alana & Andrew Greba, Cameron de Wolf, Nathan & Nicole Talsma, Scott & Robin Talsma, Michelle & Calvin Batterink, Nicole & Zach Dunnewold, Alexis Lendvay (Kyle), Zoe Lendvay, and Brandon & Rachael Van Straten.
Survived by one sister, Marie Somsen, in the Netherlands as well as many relatives in Canada. Predeceased by his brothers, sisters and their spouses from the Netherlands: Dora & Bert Peet, Arie & Dela Janssen, Jan & Lammie Janssen, Tina & Bert Peet, Annie & Wim Peet, Bertha & Jan Elkink, and Jan Somsen plus numerous family from Canada.
Affectionately called Pop, George was born in Varsseveld, Netherlands on May 15, 1929 to parents Bernardus Martinus Janssen and Christina Johanna Berentschot. He immigrated to Canada on his own in 1949. He began working as a farm hand with horses, then later beef cattle. He met his bride, Ida, in Aylmer, Ontario and married her on May 7, 1954. Together they farmed crops, pigs and dairy cows. Pop also worked for many years in a tile yard in Brownsville and Timken in St. Thomas. A gifted musician, George blessed many by playing the harmonica, a variety of accordions, and many church organs. Pop could talk to anyone and he will be missed by many friends and neighbours. He enjoyed going to the sales barns, his family and his scotch mints. Most of all he loved his Lord and Saviour and was a faithful servant in whatever he did. We will miss his quiet strength, strong convictions, and his witness. Until we meet again.
Visitation will be held at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Bethel United Reformed Church, Aylmer on Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow, Aylmer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Word and Deed or Hispanic Christian Services. Share memories or condolences at kebbelfuneralhome.com