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Clasina (Sini) Jacquelina Gerridzen
May 31, 1921 - February 5, 2020
In peace and with dignity on February 5, 2020 Mom was reunited with her husband Gerry, who preceded her in death in 1988. Always supportive and beloved mother of Dr. Ron Gerridzen (Pat) of Ottawa; loving Nana to Jennifer Mork (Torval) of Calgary, and Laura Gerridzen of Ottawa. Adoring great-Grandma to Isaac Mork of Calgary. Sini was born May 31,1921 in Amsterdam. During WW II she and her mother hid a Jewish family in the attic of their tiny home in East Amsterdam, a tree since planted in their honour in Israel which she had the opportunity to visit in1992. She emigrated to Canada following the war, and in 1952 married E. Gerard (Gerry) Gerridzen at the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa. Sini was athletic and well-travelled. She was a competitive figure skater in her youth in The Netherlands; an avid swimmer, cyclist, bridge player, downhill skier and volunteer at the National Gallery in Ottawa. She enjoyed being an active member of the congregation of Kitchissippi (formerly Kingsway) United Church for many decades. She loved summer cottage life at Lac Pemichangan in Quebec. Sini travelled the globe with friends, her last wonderful trip being with her entire family in the Mayan Riviera at age 84. In 2006 she moved into The Palisades, now Villagia in the Glebe. Our family sincerely thanks the wonderful staff at Villagia for their kind and compassionate care right to the very last moment. Thanks as well to all staff at The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus, especially ward B2, which provided the most compassionate skilled care to Mom the last 2 weeks of January before she returned home one final time for end-of-life care by Villagia staff, Dr.Alan Iny and the regional palliative care team. Thanks also to Dr. Arlene Rosenbloom, her former family physician, for many years of excellent care. Mom had two very special Dutch friends that brought smiles to her face and joy to her life: Annette (Netty) Brunton, her close friend of over 70 years; and her guardian angel Ria Lupker, for whose love, friendship and assistance we are eternally grateful. Visitation at Pinecrest Remembrance Services, 2500 Baseline Road, on Sunday, February 16 between Noon and 2:00 p.m., followed by funeral service and reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.