Norma Libby DeWitt TE BOEKHORST
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With broken hearts, we announce the passing of our dear mother and beloved wife, on May 22, 2020. Norma passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a long and courageous 2 year battle with cancer. Norma put family above everything else. Her immeasurable love for her husband Richard te Boekhorst, of 44 years, and her adoring children; Ryan (Stacey), Nina (Joel), Lora (Jeremy) and Cari was only matched by the unconditional love she had for her seven grandchildren; Kirra, Hanna, Kylie, Samson, Jordan, Gavin and Emmett. She was born to the late Charles Clifford DeWitt and Libby DeWitt in Stoney Creek, and grew up on the DeWitt farm. Here she acquired her love for music, singing, and strong family values. She met Richard in 1971 at McMaster University and they married five years later. Norma's dream was to have a big family, and she excelled at her job as a mother of four. Norma devoted her life to her family, never missing a game or event for any of her children. She was an extraordinary mother with a heart of gold. Norma will always be fondly remembered by her countless friends and family members for her generosity, laughter and her ability to gather everyone together. Their house always had a revolving door, and she welcomed everyone in with her warm smile and open arms. She truly made you feel like you belonged there. She treasured her memories she made with family and friends; from trips to parties and celebrations. There was never a dull moment with Norma, for if you knew her, you knew there would be games! Her love for golf, singing, painting, playing the piano, and travel is only surpassed by her love for her family and friends. A family ceremony is to be held in the coming weeks and a celebration of her life is being planned when permitted by the province. In lieu of flowers, The Norma DeWitt te Boekhorst Foundation is being opened in her name to benefit local charities and organizations she supported throughout her amazing life. For information on how to donate, please send an email to thenormafoundation@gmail.com. She was taken far too soon, but her beautiful legacy will forever live on through her beloved children and grandchildren.


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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on May 29, 2020.
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June 16, 2020
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June 15, 2020
Richard and family, our deepest sympathy, she was amazing.
Thinking of you.
June and Larry Campbell
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June 9, 2020
Dear Richard, Cari, Lora, Nina and Ryan. We are so very sorry for your loss. We were blessed to have known Norma, who always made us feel so loved whenever we were together. Energy, love and laughter were her middle names. May her beautiful smile keep you strong . All our love, Paul, Jan, Erin, Connor and Robyn Higgins
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June 6, 2020
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June 5, 2020
To Ryan and his family

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Wanda Lane
June 2, 2020
What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful life lived. Norma always greeted her friends and family with a big hug and a beautiful smile, she will be missed, a life taken far too soon. Big hugs to Richard and the family during this very difficult time.
John and Sandy Corman and family
Sandy Corman
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June 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Yvonne Whitlock
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June 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Yvonne, Martin and Dr Richard Whitlock Family
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June 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Yvonne, Martin and Dr Richard Whitlock and family.
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June 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Yvonne, Martin, and Dr Richard Whitlock
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June 2, 2020
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June 1, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Norma...such a beautiful person..she will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her...our thoughts & prayers
Angela & Ed Hall
June 1, 2020
My condolences to the TeBoekhorst family. I remember Mrs. TeBoekhorst as a basketball coach in the years I was at St Augustine's and St Bernadette's. Rest in peace.
Anne-Marie Landis-Groom
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June 1, 2020
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Irene Russell
June 1, 2020
This obituary beautifully captures why Mrs te meant so much to so many. Whether it was a big event or stopping by on a moments notice, she always greeted me the same way....with a smile and energy that would light up the room, her arms out and an enthusiastic Dore! Although difficult right now, I know there will come a time when all of the wonderful memories bring a smile to so many of us. Mr te Boekhorst, Ryan, Nina, Lora and Cari - sending my deepest condolences and a big hug to you and your families. My family and I are thinking of you ❤
Dore
Friend
May 31, 2020
Richard & family,
Our thoughts are with you during this very sad time.
Norma will always be remembered for her lovely smile and happy manner.
Cherish all those wonderful memories.
Wanda Jess, Carol & Alvin Ross
Friend
May 31, 2020
Our love and prayers are with you all at this very sad time...
May the beautiful memories you have continue to strengthen you...
Take care
Caroline and Fred Pearson
May 31, 2020
Such a beautiful woman inside and out. Her smile lite up the room. Our thoughts and prayer are with Richard and family at this time may the wonderful times and memories sustain you at this time.
Shirley Hughes
Friend
May 31, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
My condolences on your loss, I grew up working at the DeWitt orchards and remember Norma very well, always a smile.
Joan Timmerman (Veldman)
Acquaintance
May 30, 2020
Richard and family, my deepest sympathy to you at this very difficult time. I will remember Normas lovely smile and uplifting sense of humour.
Irene Russell
Acquaintance
May 30, 2020
Norma was 'a class act'. My wife, Vicky, and our daughters saw her as the epitome of womanhood....ladylike yet focused for good.
Our condolences,
Ray Reed
Ray Reed
Acquaintance
May 30, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Anita Knapman
Acquaintance
May 30, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Maryann Moffatt
Family
May 30, 2020
It was an absolute pleasure to get to know Norma and enjoy her great sense of humour and cheerful personality. She will be missed by many, many people.
Vincent Isber
Friend
May 30, 2020
I didn't know Norma for very long only meeting her when she joined the Burlington Welsh Ladies Chorus . Her smile,affection and beautiful personality lit up the room. Norma was one of the nicest people I have ever met and will never forget. I send my deepest sympathy to all her family at this very sad time. I love you Norma.Keep singing in Heaven .Your friend Kathy Burrough
May 30, 2020
Most people know about the 'revolving door' of generosity at the te Boekhorst house. And every year, I mean EVERY year, of my life, Auntie Norma sent me and my sister and mom (Norma's sister) a box full of Christmas presents thoughtfully chosen (with sizes really well guessed!). When I got married and now with 3 children, Norma sent a bigger box. It didn't matter that I lived in Switzerland or New Zealand.
We called it 'The Second Christmas' every year. Norma's love flowed to so many, so far, so often. My heart goes out to you Richard, her husband...Ryan, Nina, Lora and Cari, I grieve with you. There's no words for it. FAMILY. Love to you, my wonderful cousins and your families. Dan, Brigitte, Lea, Quincy and Merlin
Daniel Tisch
Family
May 29, 2020
Norma was an incredibly special person who lit up the lives of all those around her. Her vitality, generosity and love for family and friends was always present. The times spent with her will be forever cherished. We love you Norma.
Janet and Bill Zell
Friend
May 29, 2020
Throughout the years her 'joie de vivre' never wavered. Norma will be truly missed and always remembered. Fran, Mike, Kevin and Ryan and family
Fran
Acquaintance
May 29, 2020
Richard and family, my thoughts are with you at this very sad time. I will miss Norma's energy and the twinkle in her eye... And those games!! Take care of yourselves.
Mark Ventry
Friend
May 29, 2020
We are very sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences.
Pasquale and Loli Viola
Friend
May 29, 2020
We are all very sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences.
Pasquale & Loli
Friend
May 29, 2020
Richard,Ryan,Stacey,Nina,Joel,Lora,Jeremy,Cari,Fraser,and Grandchildren,
My heart breaks for all of you!
Norma was a Special Person! Her fun loving personality has touched so many! Always smiling,and so welcoming! ❤
Sending hugs,,love and strength, to all of you!
Heaven has gained another Beautiful Angel who will definitely be organizing games.
You will be forever missed and loved!
Love Cheryl ❤Xo❤
Cheryl Schram
Friend
May 29, 2020
Norma would always greet you like she hadnt seen you in years with a great big smile and a hug. Quite possibly one of the nicest people lve ever met.
Brian Denvir
Friend
May 29, 2020
A life well lived. We are saddened and so very sorry for your loss. Sending you all our love.
Kilby family
Neighbor
May 29, 2020
My memories of Norma are from our high school years when we were members of a close circle of friends that grew up together, met frequently at the Dewitt home, cleaned horse stalls, helped with farm chores, always laughing and enjoying each others company. We met occassionally over the years and it seemed she never changed, always a huge smile, shared funny story and heartfelt hug. Norma was a fun loving, wonderful friend who will be missed. To her family I send my sincere condolences.
Chuck Elson
Friend
May 29, 2020
Sending my love and deepest condolences to you all. Im praying that you all go through this transition with so much love, peace, ease and grace.
Norma - I will miss seeing your bright smile and warm hugs every time I walked into your home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Youve always made me feel like family from the first day I met you. You were such a bright light in the room, and I know your light is shining brighter amongst the stars and in the heavens. Love you so much Norma. Rest in Paradise.
Love,
Audrey
Audrey Santo Domingo
Family
May 29, 2020
What a beautiful tribute to an incredible woman. She had a joyful spirit and put love and family above all else. She took such pride in her children and grandchildren, and lived every moment to the fullest. The world lost one of its brightest lights with her passing. Keeping your family in our hearts during this difficult time.
Alexa Russell King
Friend
May 29, 2020
To Mr. TeBoekhorst, Lora, Cari, Ryan, Nina and family: Please accept my condolences during this very sad time. May the beautiful memories of your wife and mother help to comfort you.
Carolyn Flis
Friend
May 29, 2020
Richard, Ryan, Stacey and family, my sincere condolences. I've only met Norma a few times but I know her love for family and welcoming everyone lives within all of you.
Ray Dela Paz
Coworker
May 29, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Norma was a wonderful wonderful person. Once again I am so sorry for your loss.
Barbara Jager
Friend
May 29, 2020
Beautiful obituary for a beautiful person with a beautiful family. Sending love to you all from our family to yours.
Steve Roblin
Friend
May 29, 2020
Richard and family,Norma was a force of nature;of love,laughter and friendship.Every time we talk about her,we smile.We hope the pain passes quickly and your memories keep you warm.Andy and Deb MacLaren-Sarnia
The MacLarens
Friend
May 29, 2020
My deepest condolences go out to your family. Im so sorry Ryan. Seeing that picture of your mom reminds me of how contagious her smile was. I know that same smile lives within her family and will continue to shine bright through you.
Carla Giacomelli
Friend
May 29, 2020
Norma, was a wonderful lady who I had the pleasure of speaking with multiple times. She always seemed to be so happy. Rest in peace!
Ken Murray
Friend
May 29, 2020
Your smile and laughter will live on in our hearts forever.
You will truly be missed but with all the memories and the times we spent together..you will never be forgotten. Heaven has another Angel WeLove you❤ Cris & David ❤
Cris & David Jakob
Friend
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