A Sad Farewell
On the 20 September we at St Mary’s received the sad
news that Jan ten Barge had passed away. After a
long illness, which he resolutely bore with grace and
humour. No matter how bad the day, Jan always had
time to chat, smile, share a story, laugh.
Jan and Theda ten Barge were the hut caretakers for
many years. Finally, with Jan’s health failing, it was
time to step down. A statement of fact that does not
reveal the tremendous contribution the couple made
to the chaplaincy. Every Sunday the hut was clean and
ready. Coffee supplies always in, A wide selection of
small items for sale provided extra funds.
In summer, Theda and Jan were there to ensure the Summer Teas
worked. We all knew how much we owed them.
On the 26 September, nearly the entire
congregation of St Mary’s joined a huge
gathering of people in the Dionysiuskerk, Rijssen
in a moving service. to say goodbye to Jan ten Barge,
Rest in Peace, Jan, a dear friend of St Mary’s Weldam,
sorely missed by Theda