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Tesse Jean (DeGroot) Slegers


04/18/1929 - 11/23/2014 Obituary
Tesse Jean (DeGroot) Slegers Obituary
Tesse Jean DeGroot went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 23, 2014 in Bakersfield California. She was 85 years young. The Lord richly blessed Mom's life for which she gave thanks each and every day of her life.
Mom was born April 18, 1929 in Des Moines, Iowa, the youngest of four born to Chet and Hilda (DeVries) DeGroot, the first one of her family to be born in a hospital. She grew up on the family farm in Prairie City. When she was 14, she drove her parents out to California during World War II. There she attended Bellflower Christian School and was a member of First Christian Reformed Church of Bellflower. It was there she met the love of her life, Lenwood Mitchell Slegers. They were married 66 years and had 6 children; Janet (Miller, NE), Hubert
(Bakersfield), James (Kuna, ID), Mitchell (deceased), Frederick (Bakersfield), and Bennett (Bakersfield). Mom was blessed with 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren with 2 more expected in the spring.
She was a dedicated homemaker and a great support for Len in their dairy businesses. She successfully balanced caring for the family while continuing her education studying music in college. She greatly enjoyed playing the organ for church services at First Christian Reformed Church of Bellflower, Anaheim Christian Reformed Church, Chino Christian Reformed Church, and playing piano for the Prime-Timers group at Laurelglen Bible Church. She also served professionally as organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Pomona, among others.
Mom was an ardent fan of all her children's, grand children's and great grand children's sports activities and attended every game she could get to, which would number in the hundreds, if not thousands.
Mom loved hosting pool parties for any and all occasions, and her generosity of spirit welcomed one and all. Her formidable skills in the kitchen were recognized far and wide.
She was very creative and worked with the architect to design their retirement home on San Antonio avenue and she personally fashioned all of the beautiful stained glass and leaded glass windows, as well as designing all of the interior decor.
She was an avid and active gardener all her life, and designed and planted extensive flower gardens and fruit trees everywhere she lived.
Mom and Dad loved to travel with friends, taking several group trips to different parts of the world, led by Rev. Dykstra. Later they travelled stateside and in Canada with their motorhome, usually in a caravan accompanied by friends. As a couple, they were involved in church groups such as the Mr. And Mrs. Society in Chino and the Prime-Timers at Laurelglen Bible Church in Bakersfield.
Mom's highest priority and greatest love in life was her family, and that love was returned to her tenfold. We were so privileged to be brought up in a Christian home. Mom lived her life with joy and gusto, and when she began to suffer from osteoarthritis, we all admired how she never let that get in her way or diminish her enthusiasm for living.
Memorial service will be on Saturday, November 29th, at the Ontario Christian High School Chapel, 931 West Philadelphia street Ontario, California starting at 11:00 am.
Thank you, Mom, for giving us such an amazing example of how to live your life to the fullest!
You will be greatly missed.
Love, your kids.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 27, 2014
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