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Jan Jonker

December 19, 1931 - December 29, 2015


Jan passed away at Mountain Lake seniors’ residence at the age of 84 years. Jan was born in  Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and grew up in the town of Meppel until he joined the Dutch Navy  Air Force in his late teens. During his time in the military, Jan was an airplane mechanic and  saw much of the world sailing on the HNLMS Karel Doorman aircraft carrier. He was stationed  in Biak, New Guinea (Indonesia) between 1951 and 1953, and that tropical country called his  heart for the rest of his life. He felt a strong connection to the people and his memories in  Indonesia, and traveled there several times between 1991 and 2007.  After leaving the military, Jan chose to find a new life in Canada, and emigrated from Holland in  1957. He landed in Halifax, and took the train to the West Coast to search for work. He was en  route to Calgary when he ended up working for a Dutch family in Salmon Arm, and not too long  after heard there was work in Nelson, and moved there in 1960. During his first years in Nelson  Jan did a variety of jobs, including working for Burns Building Supply, and Safeway, and having  his own businesses.  Jan married Alie Jansen in the Netherlands in 1971, and they started their family in Nelson not  long after she immigrated to Canada. Dirk was born in 1972, and Berdine in 1975. Jan and Alie  purchased and operated the Duhamel Store and Motel at Six Mile in 1975, and operated it until  1989. After selling the store and moving closer to town Jan was a semi­retired jack­of­all trades,  and was always busy doing projects and odd jobs for friends and acquaintances. He also  worked as the custodian for Nelson United Church for several years.  Jan was a hard­working man who was always willing to lend a hand to help when work needed  to be done, even during his first years as a resident at Mountain Lake. He will be missed by his  children, and his granddaughter Maya, and his many friends and family  in Nelson, the  Netherlands, and Indonesia. Jan’s family thanks the staff of Mountain Lake for their dedicated  care and service to him during the five years that he lived there.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Esther Jansen
Relation: my uncle

Dear Dirk & Maya, Berdine & Mike, you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Oom Jan was always a kind man to me and when I visited Canada and he knew what I liked he went and searched garage sales to find me that special item.
I still have all but one and the nicest peace I have to remember him by is a mahogany jewelry box with a lovely pair of necklaces.
I wish you much strength in the days to come.
Big hug,
Esther Jansen

From: Sam and Carolyn Wolfe
Relation: Was an employee delivering papers

Many heartfelt condolences on your great loss. Jan delivered papers for Sam for many years and was much appreciated. It is truly a loss.

From: Isa and Doug MacDonald

Sincere condolences with the passing of your father.
We have good good memories dating back to the Duhamel store times.
Thinking of you all.
Isa and Doug MacDonald

From: Familie Vogel .Kuurman
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Dear Dirk ,Berdien ,Mike and Maya ,
Condolence to all of you and a lot of strenght for you all !! Your father/grandfather will live forever in your hearts !! Hug and lots of love from Grandma in the Netherlands and from the familie Vogel and Kuurman .

From: Ken and Wanda Woikin
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Dirk, Berdine, and families. Our sincere condolences to all of you. Both of your parents were ‘Salt of the Earth ‘ people, and have left alot of positive energy on this earth. Their influences will live on through their children and grandchildren. Hugs…….

From: Andrea
Relation: met him at United Church

Jan was such an amazing man. Met him when working with children at United Church 15 yrs ago. He was so friendly and kind. I would see if collecting empties to raise money . Such a wonderful man 🙂 His smile will be missed.
So sorry for your loss.

From: Fred Popoff
Relation: Worked with Jan at Safeway

My condolences for the loss of your father. I worked with Jan for much of the time he was at Safeway, and knew him when he worked for Burns Lumber. When we would slack off doing floors on Monday nights, Jan would usually catch us! I missed him when he left Safeway, he always had a laugh and good sense of humour…

From: Joe/Karen Ringrose
Relation: neighbour

Our condolences to your family. Jan was such a gentleman. Karen

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Jan’s family thanks the staff of Mountain Lake for their dedicated  care and service to him during the five years that he lived there.

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