December 18, 1933 – December 29, 2022
Sophia was born in Amsterdam Holland to Cornelis and Willemina Haan (Haast) being the youngest of 5 children. Alexander the oldest stayed in Holland with his young family while Cornelis (son) immigrated first, then Corrie (Hans) and finally in 1952 Father, Mother, Christina and Sophia immigrated to Chilliwack B.C. Sophia found various forms of employment from picking berries to training young hop plants, watching young children when parents were working and at Chilliwack General Hospital. She made profession of her faith and remained faithful to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for her 89 years of life.
She met Jacob Hertgers and they married in 1954 and rented a home for their first year together. They then purchased a farm on Pioneer avenue in Agassiz. Side by side they worked on the farm and Jacob also retained his job at the Agassiz Research Station for another 6 years. They raised 5 children on Pioneer Ave and then had a chance to expand the farm and moved to Cameron rd. As time went on they changed pace and moved to Castleman rd in Chilliwack where they built a new house Health challenges arose and cows and quota had to go and another move to 5 acres on Reeves rd in Chilliwack took place.When that became to much work for them they moved to Hope River rd and Jacob needed more care so ended up in Cascade Lodge where he passed away at 87 years of age. They were married for 64 years andMom (Sophia) remained living there till it was unsafe for her to manage with health issues taking their toll. She moved to Waverty Seniors Village in 2016 where she met old friends from Agassiz as well as people she had sailed across the Atlantic with, not knowing that till 2022. Mom’s love for growing house plants and sending cards and notes of encouragement to so many of us is a lasting memory.
Sophia (Mom) leaves behind older sister Christina, son Cornelis (Geraldine), son Gary (Catherine), 5 grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren Sophia is predeceased by son Martin (1977). grandson James (1978), daughter Jenneken (Jenny 2008), grandson David (2010), husband Jacob (2014), and daughterWilhelmina (Wilma 2022).
Thank you to the staff at the Waverly Seniors Village, Chilliwack General Hospital and Trillium Bevan Village Abbotsford in their care for Mother these last several months.
A funeral service will be held Friday January 13th, 2023 at 1:00 at the Cornerstone Christian Reformed Church Chilliwack with light refreshments after the service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Food For The Hungry.
- Submit News Tip
- Coronavirus News
- Trending Now
- Good News
- Photo Galleries
- Special Sections
- Contact Us
- Site Map