2990 Church St., South Mountain, ON

Martina Cornelia Ceelen-Bongers October 3, 1922 - March 27, 2017

Peacefully at the Dundas Manor on March 27, 2017 surrounded by her family in her 95th year. Martina is predeceased by her first husband Arnold Ceelen, and second husband Martin Bongers; as well as brothers Jack Toonders of Navan, Chris Toonders of the Netherlands, and Frank Toonders of London; and by grandson Brandon Alarie. She is survived by brothers Anthony of Williamsburg and Ted of London, Ontario. She is the loving Mother of Ted (Karin) of Mountain; Henry (Marilyn) of Kemptville; John (Joy) of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta; Paul (Debbie) of Edson, Alberta; Diane (Wade) of the SV Joana; and Mike (Bonnie) of Mountain; and Step-Mom of Betty (Dalton) Hart of Morrisburg, Tina (John) Smit of Dunrobin, Connie (John) Pepers of Iroquois, Debbie (the late Henry Westenbroek) of Winchester Springs, Ted (Mary) of Toyes Hill, Paul (Susan) of Ashton, and Monica (Kendall) Skillen of Ottawa. She is also survived by 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.


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Friends may call at Byers Funeral Home, 2990 Church St. in South Mountain (613-989-3836) on Thursday March 30 from 7-9 pm. The Funeral and Mass will take place on March 31 starting at 11 am at St. Daniels Roman Catholic Church, South Mountain (adjacent to the funeral home). The Interment will be held at St. Daniels Cemetery. The pallbearers were grandsons Christopher, Karl, Mark and Brian Ceelen, Anthony Westenbroek and Anthony Bongers. Honourary pallbearers were grandsons Jonathan Alarie and Sean Skillen.

A Reception will follow the service at the South Mountain Agricultural Hall from 12 to 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dundas Manor Activity Fund, Winchester, Ontario. Online condolences may be made at


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    Jessica Liptak says

    Our sincerest condolences on the loss of a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. May she rest in peace.

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    Wilf McNairn / Leona Brown says

    John, Joy & Family,

    Thinking about you in your time of loss.

    Sincerely, Wilf & Leona

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    Tanja, Walter, Ria, Bastian Schaefer says

    Our sincere condolences. She was such a lovely lady and we’re so sorry for your loss,
    Familie Schaefer (Bongers) Germany/Netherlands/ United Kingdom

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    Tante cisca en tiny uit Holland says

    Wij wensen jullie alle sterkte die er is.

    Wij denken aan jullie!

    Lieve groetjes tante Cisca en Tiny uit Holland.

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    Paula & Barb says

    We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Ceelen-Bongers families. May God grant you peace and surround you with His love. May He carry you on wings of eagles and hold you in the shelter of His arms.

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    Familie Bongers says

    Wij wensen jullie allen veel sterkte met het verwerken van dit verlies.

    Annemarie en Piet Bongers

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    Marg & Renaud Vantyghem says

    Your memory is our keepsake with which we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping we have you in our hearts.
    Our deepest condolences.

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    Christine van Lanen says

    Sincere Condolences to the entire family.

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    Elena, Rod and Vanessa Goobie says

    Monica and family, We are very saddened to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family in your time of sorrow.
    Elena, Rod and Vanessa

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    Robyn says

    Ted, Karin and Family- thinking of you all at this time xo

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    Pamela Paul Ropars says

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. May God give you comfort. Pam and Paul

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    Irene and Jack Toonders says

    Our deepest sympathy go out to the Ceelen and Bongers families. Tante Tiny will be greatly missed, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Anne and Bob Bertram says

    May family and friends comfort you, faith uphold you and loving memories heal your heart.

    Our sincere condolences.

    Anne and Bob

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    Leslie & Kevin Follows says

    We are so sad to hear of your loss. Our condolences to you and the family, Monica. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Elly en Theo says

    Gecondoleerd, wij willen jullie heel erg veel sterkte wensen in deze moeilijke tijd!
    Liefs Theo en Elly uit Holland

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    Isabelle Campbell says

    Ted and Karen:

    My sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

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    Andre & Marianne Toonders says

    Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Andre & Marianne Toonders

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    Albert and Nancy Koekkoek says

    To the Ceelen/Bongers Families, Nancy and I would like to express our deepest sympathies to you all. Your mother always had a place in her heart for God, so it is good to know that she is in a good place.
    Growing up next door to the Ceelen Homestead means I have many fond memories of the Ceelen family and your mother. She was always so kind !

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    Bill and Brenda Bakker says

    So sorry for your loss Mike and Bonnie and family. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

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    Verhoeven Family says

    Sincere sympathy in the loss of your lovely mother. Thinking of you all with fond memories.

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