June - John - Dolores Wynen
Sjaak and Mia Wijnen spending time in West Bloomfield, July 2007
They also visited South Bend and most of Canada
At the reunion 2003
John Wynen in memoriam -
|John passed away Sunday evening Aug-31-2003
at 8:51 PM in his own bed surrounded by his family. His wife Dolores and
all his children were there. In addition his brother, two sisters and a
niece from Holland and many of his relatives were present.
He died after a lengthy struggle with cancer and
was in good spirits throughout his illness. He was able to visit his
relatives in Holland several times and as recent as this summer was able
to enjoy their company. It was only in the last few days that the cancer
was able to dominate his strong body and on Sunday evening he left us to
join June and the other family members in heaven.
September 3, 2003
- John A Wynen
The long walk of John's earthly life is complete. The
farm, home, yard, and golf course all laid the path for John. He traveled
them well and left his mark.
John was born in Holland and moved to America in 1960.
While America became his home, those who knew him well understood how
important his native Holland was to him. His heart was in both countries.
There were so many trips to Holland to visit family. Those who knew John
well know that despite his love for South Bend, John believed that most
things were actually better in Holland - better food, better beer, better
workers, better everything! And, of course, Carnival, there were always so
Even though John loved Holland, he did make South Bend his
home. It was in South Bend that John pursued his American dream. That
dream started when he and June moved here followed by the birth of
Maureen, then Bryan, Monica and Kevin. And it was here, with June's
brothers that John went into business at Veldman's Service Center. It was
here that in 1969 John started his won business, WISSCO Irrigation. And
lastly, it was here when John invited Tom into their home as one of their
John always worked hard and met life's challenges and
opportunities head on. Weekends were often spent playing cards and
visiting with June's relatives. John embraced the Veldman family as his
own and they embraced him.
What he learned on the farm as a young man, he used in his
business at WISSCO. Years of hard work gave John the opportunity to relax
in retirement. And after June's untimely death, he met Dolores. His days
were filled with gardening, golfing, traveling to Florida with Dolores,
playing cards and socializing with friends from Little Flower. It was
wonderful to watch John and Dolores enjoying their lives together.
John was a strong man. Well into his sixties he could out
lift, out dig, and out work men half his age. Even though he was diagnosed
with cancer three years ago, he remained vibrant and strong as an ox until
very recently. He endured his cancer treatments relatively unfazed and
without any complaints.
John was strong in other ways too. You might say he was
the strong silent type. He was a man of few words, but that did not mean
he did not have anything to say. He had opinions, but he did not feel the
need to be opinionated. He was intelligent and worldly but wasted little
time convincing people of that fact.
At the end, John was surrounded by family and friends.
This is his true legacy. Now, we the children, who have always been there,
remain to carry on his memory through our children, Opa'a 15
As we carry on now without John, we can remember him and
the life he led. There is much to be learned from John, how to work, how
to love and how to live.
Finally, Dolores, we thank you for the wonderful care and
love you gave Dad, especially as things became so difficult this last
week. And to "the Dutchies", Ome Jacques, Gerrie, Tante Truus,
and Tante Lies, Dank je, Dank je, Dank je.
For now, until we see him again, we say so long Dad, John,
Opa, Uncle John, Ome Jan. We love you, wir lieben dich, Tot ziens.
|Click to see the last
pictures of John at the reunion picnic
|At Ted and Teresa
|2001 at Pete 50th
|On vacation with Dolores
September 2, 2003
Obituary: John A.
Wynen Feb. 12, 1932 -- Aug. 31, 2003
John A. Wynen (Johannes Antonius Wijnen), 71, of
Ravenna Drive, South Bend, Ind., died at 8:51 p.m. Sunday, Aug.
31, in his home.
He was born in Kessel, The Netherlands, on Feb.
12, 1932, to Petronella (Jansen) and Peter Wijnen.
John is survived by his wife, Dolores (Greene)
Wynen, whom he married on Dec. 5, 1998; two daughters, Maureen
(Stephan Stolz) Wijnen of South Bend and Monica (Kevin) Thompson
of Zurich, Switzerland; three sons, Bryan (Theresa) Wynen and
Kevin (Nancy) Wynen, all of South Bend, and Tom (Catherine)
Birchfield of Louisville, Ky.; two stepdaughters, Cheri Davis of
Largo, Fla., and Karen (Dietmar) Spindler of Niles, Mich.; two
stepsons, Edward Halterman of El Segundo, Calif., and Kevin
Halterman of Mishawaka, Ind.; 15 grandchildren, Andy, Rebecca,
Jennifer, Nalani, Jonathon, Thomas, Marijke, Amanda, Alexander,
Sarah, Carter, Carsten, Jordan, Alexandra and Matte; three
step-grandchildren, Nicole, Jill and Ian; and by two
On May 9, 1959, he married June Veldman, who
preceded him in death on Sept. 27, 1996.
In 1960, he and June immigrated from The
Netherlands to South Bend where he became a part-owner, with his
brothers-in-law, of Veldman's Service Center. In 1969 he and June
founded WISSCO Irrigation, where he worked until his retirement.
John enjoyed golfing and card playing with
family and friends. John brought his native country's love for
flowers and landscaping to South Bend. He meticulously designed
and built the most beautiful rock pond and flower garden around
his house for his wife, children, grandchildren and friends to
enjoy. The family knows, however, that no one enjoyed this more
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in Little Flower Catholic Church. Friends may call from
4 to 8 p.m. today in the church. Interment will follow at St.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to
Hospice of St. Joseph County or to the charity of donor's choice.
The HICKEY Funeral Home, 17131 Cleveland Road,
574-289-1000, is in charge of arrangements.
Copied from the South Bend Tribune, Sept-02-2003
- Update on John Wynen - Aug-24-2003
- As of this
past Friday Aug 15 John finished with radiation on his left leg. The
pain was so severe the previous night that on his Fri. trip to
Chicago, the radiologist Dr. ordered x rays of the left leg again and
the Dr. also prescribed stronger meds for pain, morphine and a very
strong vicadin. The pain meds gave him some relief and made it
possible for him to go to the picnic.
Yesterday Aug. 18 another trip to Chicago to resume the radiation for
the lung and throat (lymph node). John also saw the orthopedic Dr.
that did the surgery to put the pin in the femur of the left leg. The
bone was weakened from the cancer that had spread. We also reviewed
the X-ray that had been taken the Fri before. A small chip had broken
away which is what has caused the pain. There is nothing that can be
done but hope that the radiation will help heal it yet.
Today Tues. John saw the oncologist, he will not continue with the
chemo that was to start again this week. The chemo that he had 2 weeks
ago with the radiation, is not working because the chip that broke
away should never happened according to the Doctor. The radiation will
continue this week and next and hope that it will help the healing, of
the leg, lung and lymph node. John had a bone scan 2 weeks ago that
shows cancer on his head, on his back behind the lungs.
Today the oncologist also told us that there is a spot on John's
heart. This showed up on some tests that were done about 2 weeks ago.
That is where we stand at this time.
bridesmaids with Riet