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January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Diane Weststeyn. Diane was a paraplegic for 49 years and struggled daily with chronic pain and was anxious to meet her Lord and Saviour; Home at last!! She passed away peacefully at home on May 13, 2019 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband Andy, daughter Annette, son Peter (Cindy), son Andy (Cathy) and five grandchildren.
Diane was born in Holland, married to Andy in April 1960 and shortly after immigrated to Canada. They settled in Toronto, ON where their three children were born. In 1967, Andy was transferred, and they moved to Montreal, QC. In 1970, Diane got paralyzed and after being in the hospital and rehab centre for 9 months she returned home to take up her role of running the household. Diane did an amazing job and never complained even though her chronic pain was bothering her immensely. They all were awestruck at how well she handled herself in the wheelchair. Her slogan ALWAYS was “You can make it better or bitter it’s up to you!!!!” – only one letter different. After living in Montreal for 17 years, Andy was transferred to Vancouver, BC. Diane always enjoyed a change so moving to the West was not a challenge. They settled in Coquitlam, BC and enjoyed living there for 14 years until Andy’s retirement in 1997. Soon after that they decided to move to the Okanagan as Diane needed a drier climate due to her struggles with arthritis and they settled in West Kelowna. Diane and Andy were always very much involved with volunteering, church activities and gatherings with friends and neighbours.
Diane was an amazing woman and has been a great inspiration and positive influence to many around her. She loved the Lord and was a real testimony to us all. We will miss her immensely and thank her for her humor, courage and patience during her sickness. We love you and will NEVER forget your positive attitude!! We would like to thank the Interior Health nursing/care aids staff who looked after her daily with dedication and love for several months during her illness. It was so appreciated!
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, www.kelownagospelmission.ca. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences.”


Thursday, August 1, 2019

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. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Kelowna’s Gospel Mission Link: www.kelownagospelmission.ca


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The service for WESTSTEYN, Diane is scheduled for Thursday, August 1, 2019 . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Rd Kelowna, BC


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  • Guido Kuitert says:

    Gecondoleerd met het verlies van deze mooie vrouw! Onze gedachten zijn bij jullie!

  • Bill and Joan Smith says:

    It’s hard to imagine what you must be going through. Know that we are thinking of you and wishing you strength as you deal with so much grief. Diane be sorely missed. God bless you and your wonderful family

  • Peter and Cathy Lucas says:

    Deepest sympathy and prayers for your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Memories are our most precious gifts
    Peter and Cathy Lucas

  • John Dekker Jr. says:

    Our deepest sympathies to your family on Diane’s passing. Although younger than her boys I have fond memories of our time at the Montreal First CRC. I remember one visit to their house in Pierrefonds back in the 70s after church and we swam in the pool. I also remember the boys doing tricks with one of her wheel chairs out in front of the house. My parents JOHN and Hinka also send their condolences. God bless and RIP Diane.

  • Henny van Loosen-Meijer says:

    Mijn innige deelneming bij het overlijden van je vrouw en jullie moeder en oma. Wat zullen jullie haar missen, ik hoorde altijd van Bert Diepeveen dat ze zo’n bijzondere vrouw en moeder was. Heel veel sterkte, hoor!

  • Bert en Riet Weissenbach says:

    We zijn diep onder de indruk van haar levensblijheid Heel veel sterkte !

  • Walter Hobé & Marie Dorsman Hobé. says:

    Van harte gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Daine, Ondanks al haar tegenslagen was het altijd zo’n opgewekte vrouw. Je zult haar missen. Maar ze is nu waar ze naar toe wilde. God zij dank voor haar leven. Sterkte jullie toegewenst. Wout & Marie.

  • Beryl and Chuck Hopkins says:

    What a wonderful lady. The two of you were an inspiration to all of us. Our condolences to you and your family
    Love Beryl and Chuck

  • Anja Teeken en Johan Terlouw says:

    Gecondoleerd met het verlies van Diane, we zijn blij dat we haar hebben mogen kennen en wensen haar familie alle sterkte toe.

  • George & Ineke Visser says:

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife and mother. May the Lord comfort you in this difficult time

  • Anita en Hans says:

    Lieve oom Anne, neven, nicht, en verdere familie,
    Gecondoleerd met het overlijden van tante Dit.
    Omdat u en tante Dit altijd de kracht van een goedwerkende team uitstraalden, heb ik jullie enorm bewonderd.
    Nu zij er niet meer is, zult u haar ongetwijfeld enorm missen. Een lege plek die gevuld wordt met vele herinneringen.
    Ik wens u en allen om u heen heel veel sterkte.
    Liefs van Anita de Bok

    • Feikje and Jan Spekkers says:

      Dear Andy and family,our condolences with the loss of Diane.We do remember both of you as wonderful former neighbours at St Johns Street in Toronto.We had great times.God be near to all of you.Love Feikje and Jan

  • Petra en Daniel says:

    Our deepest condolences with the loss of your wife, mother, and our aunt.
    We were impressed by her positive attitude and her smile.
    We wish you all a lot of strength ♡

  • Feikje and Jan Spekkers says:

    Dear Andy and family.Our condolences with the loss of Diane.We still remember both of you as our neighbors at St Johns Road.Fantastic times in Toronto.We wish you Gods nearness and blessings.Love you Feikje and Jan .

  • Jane Barmentloo Stav and Don Stav says:

    Our sincerest condolences Andy. Diane and yourself Andy were so dear to my parents, Karel and Johanna Barmentloo. Diane was always so expressive and full of life.

  • Hélène White says:

    dear Annette and family, i wish to express my heartfelt condoleances. I’m so sorry for your loss. Helene White (lakeview street neighbour pierrefonds)

  • Ken and Susan Fair says:

    Our condolences to Andy and the family. Diane was such a wonderful person. We will miss her sunny disposition at The Pointe.

  • Peter Weststeyn says:

    I love you Mom, you will never be forgotten.

  • Dirk and Henny Jol (Feddema) says:

    Dear Andy and Family:
    Even we live so far apart now, Diane is still with us not only with all your very very special e.mails Diane, but also your happy face on face book, which were always so encouraging and full of hope!! Will never forget the good times we always had at your place in Coquitlam and later on in Kelowna!! Diane was always an inspiration and a God fearing lady to all of us. Will never forget you Diane (you even gave me a special name ( Dicky Pooh) and we all loved you and we all know where you are now, as we always knew your final destination!!!!!! Henny and Dirk.(Dicky Pooh)
    PS:: Never heard you complain but always very positive.!!!!

  • Shirley Unrau Pete Unrau says:

    Dear Andy: Our thoughts and prayers are with you so very often You had such a beautiful wife, Diane, in body, soul and spirit. We are so happy we got to know you through the church Diane was always full of smiles and love. She always looked so gorgeous… She demonstrated how we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Your loss is great. We pray for you and love you, Andy and family. In Jesus Love, Pete and Shirley Unrau.

  • Arie en Rietje Edelman says:

    We are so missing her but we are happy that we know where she is.

  • Gert de Bok says:

    Oom Anne, neven, nicht en verdere familie. Vanuit Nederland wens ik jullie heel veel sterkte toe bij de herdenkingsdienst vandaag. In gedachten ben ik bij jullie. De stralende lach van tante Dit zal ik mij altijd herinneren. Liefs, Gert

  • Annette (Diepeveen) Yen says:

    Oom Anne and family-
    So much to say yet can’t quite find the right thing to say. I loved my Tante Dit and am SO thankful to have been blessed with knowing her and all of you! She is and will be greatly missed, but I’m thankful she’s dancing in heaven now!

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