Elizabeth Berghuis

August 11, 2016


  1. Passed peacefully away at Tiffany Village, St. John’s. She was predeceased by her husband Pieter, sister Tineke and brother Jan in the Netherlands, and daughter-in-law Elizabeth in Newfoundland. She is survived by her four sons, John (Miranda), Harold (Jennifer), Danny (Mena) and Derrick. She is remembered by her beloved grandchildren, Christopher, Erin, Katie, Lesley, Alex, Matthew and Catherine and her great-grandchildren Jack, Benjamin, Frederick and Rory, who all knew her by the name, Oma. Also leaving to mourn are sisters Ada, in Toronto, and Wilma, brother Henk (Riet), sister-in-law Ina, all in the Netherlands, as well as other relatives and friends. Our family wishes to express deepest admiration and thanks to the staff of Tiffany Village for their loving care and support during our mother’s last years. We would also like to thank Elisabeth’s many friends for their help and kindness. Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral service to be held at St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 98 Elizabeth Avenue, on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 2 pm with a reception following in the church hall. A private interment will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elisabeth’s memory may be made to St. David’s Presbyterian Church or Presbyterian World Service and Development.


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Mrs. Berghuis was a dear spiritual mentor to me through both good and hard times, She was an amazing prayer partner; constantly reminded me of the grace and power of our God who “lives in Unapproachable Light” and yet calls us in to speak with him and listens to our requests. She expanded my world view praying for our world as well as personal requests for family and friends. She was so loving and accepting. Her beauty, memory and legacy lives on. As much as we miss her, I can just imagine how happy she is to finally be with Jesus whom she loved so deeply. I hope this thought comforts you as much as it does me. She is free and happy!

What a privilege it has been over the last nine years to have gotten to know your mother, mother -in-love, grandmother, and sister! I thought how I will miss Elizabeth’s prayers for me and our family, when I was reminded that she will probably continue to pray for all of us where she is. We just won’t be privy to audibly hearing them any longer. May her God be your comfort as you grieve her loss, and may you be mindful of her prayers for you in the spirit. The spiritual warrior that she was, must surely be a part of her eternal life with Jesus. God bless you as you reap the benefits of her love and prayers for each of you.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu

Dear Harold, Jen, Alex, Matt and Catherine,

Your beloved Oma brought goodness and charity to this world; she will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

With Love,

Hugh, Diana, Clare, Brendan and Oula Maguire

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Thinking of you all today.
Jim, Katrina and staff

A wonderful lady, a full and productive life, an inspiration for faith and service. Well done good and faithful friend. My sympathy is extended to all the family and the St. David’s folk.

Ian Wishart

So sorry to hear of this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Derrick, Danny, Harold and John. She was a remarkable woman indeed and very dear close friend to our family, Elisabeth Beck in particular. Sending positive energyyour way as you celebrate her wonderful life. She will be missed dearly. Condolences from the Beck family.

To the Berghuis Boys.

My deepest sympathy on the passing of your sweet Mom. She always had a smile on her lips and a twinkle in her eyes. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

Sylvia Nap

Dear Harold, Jennifer, Alex, Matthew, and Jennifer,
Heartfelt sympathy from all of us.
John, Erna, Alexandra, and Sky

Berghuis Family:
I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you on the passing of dear mother “Elisabeth:”. I shall always remember your mother as very kind person, she always made you feel special. I remember one day she offered to drive me home from church and she said I feel like going for a drive would you like to come. I said yes. We went out to Cape Spear and watched the whales, and then drove down to Petty Harbour. She brought me an ice cream. She helped so many refugees who were residents of the Ada Barnes House. She also made you very special. On behave of my family members, our deepest sympathy to you all.
Andrea Crosbie

My family extends to you our heartfelt condolences. Christine, Howie and Roger Pryor

Our condolences. Karen and Hollis O’Toole

Dear Harold, Jennifer, ,Alex, Matthew and Catherine,
Thinking of you at this sad time.
Deepest Sympathy, David, Iris, Christopher and Clare. Aylmer..


A truly lovely lady. She always made me feel warm and welcome.

My deepest sympathy to Elisabeth’s family. For me, Elisabeth was a mentor, friend and one of the joys of my life and my daughter’s. Her dying has saddened me however, the love that she shared so willingly with us was always wonderful. She will be remembered with much warmth and love.

My condolences to the whole Berghuis clan. Your mother was such a quality person. I’d always make a point of speaking to her on my infrequent visits to St. David’s / St. John’s, as she was always a joy to talk to. The four of you must surely be her greatest accomplishment. She’d light up when speaking of your goings-on; she had a lot of quiet pride in her children and the following generations. The four of you have a great inheritance – the calm cheery character, people displaying her easy goodwill. Take it all forward with you, she was a great person, a real lady. I’m thinking of your father at this time as well, it was a privilege to know both of your parents.

To the Berghuis boys,
I was saddened this morning to hear of your mother’s passing.
To me she was a lady and always a class act.
I will remember her with fondness.
Sharon A. Pippy

So sorry to hear of Elisabeth’s passing. Such a lovely lady and we have so many happy memories of her through St. David’s Church. Elisabeth was so kind, humble and we always enjoyed her company. Blessing to you Harold, John, Danny and Derrick at this difficult time.

– Judy Barnes and family

We are sorry for your loss and offer our heartfelt condolences to you all. We wish you strength in the difficult times that lay ahead.

Harold, Jennifer, Alex, Matthew, Catherine and the Betghuis family – we are sorry to hear the news of Oma’s passing. We know that she had a positive impact on the lives of many . Her beautiful smile woukd light up the room whenever she was present at family gatherings. She took a genuine interest in the those she met and when chatting with her she had a way of making you feel like you were the only person in the room. She was a marvellous cook, we remember her delicious soups bubbling away on the stovetop whenever she visited Truro. Her borscht was the best ever 😍 We know your special memories of her kind and loving manner will help you through this difficult time. “Oma” was truly a giving and caring person and she will be missed. She touched our lives in a wonderful way.
Our heartfelt condolences are with all of your family members at this time. We are thinking of all of you.
Jamie, Carol and Christie Chipman xo

We, Riet and Henk van der Munnik, brother and sister-in-law, from Steenwijk (Netherlands), hebben afscheid moeten nemen van onze lieve zus Elly,. In onze ogen en volgens ons ook in de ogen van God, was en is zij een engel. Zij heeft altijd klaaar gestaan voor een ander. Niemand deed vergeefs een beroep op haar hulp of raad. Zij vertrouwde op het goede in de mensen. Haar Schepper heeft haar nu geroepen om Hem te helpen in het hemelse werk.
Lieve, lieve Elly, rust zacht.

Very Sad,, but with a heart full of good memoriies and
grateful to have had you as a dear friend, we say goodbye Elisabeth
.Our Loss iis Heavens gain.
Lots of strenght to the Berghuis Boys and families.

the Bleeker-families

Dearest Derrick. Thinking of you and sending warm thoughts, prayers and hugs.

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."