Catharina BASTEN

Basten Catharina (Tina). It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Basten on September 1, 2013. She left this life for the next while at home, a week after joyfully celebrating her 85th birthday in the company of family and friends. Tina was born in Noord Scharwoude, The Netherlands. In 1957, she joined the wave of Dutch immigration to Canada, and, after settling in Vancouver, married Ton, a fellow Dutch immigrant. In 1970, the young family moved to Agassiz and took over operation of the Agassiz Dry Cleaning business. After 23 years of hard work and long hours, she retired and enjoyed gardening, knitting, and volunteering at St. Anthony’s Church. She also spent many years volunteering her sewing skills as seamstress for the Agassiz Fire Department. Tina was predeceased in 2010 by Ton, her loving husband of 50 years, as well as by her parents Gerrit and Marie, her brothers Jan, Arie, Meins, and Gerard, and her sister Truus. She will be greatly missed by her children Miriam, Joan, Harry, and Gerald; her daughters-in-law Coreen and Trina; and her grandchildren TJ and Navi. Also left to mourn are her sisters Jo, Els, and Ria. Funeral mass was held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Agassiz on Friday, September 6. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Development and Peace would be gratefully welcomed. The family would like to thank all of the medical and home support professionals who helped Tina over the last few weeks. Their kind and compassionate care was greatly appreciated. Sadly missed and forever in our hearts. Henderson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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