HETTINGA, Darien - On January 6, 2020, Darien Louise Hettinga of Etobicoke died suddenly while in Mexico to celebrate her 29th birthday. She was born in Woodstock on January 2, 1991.
She will be lovingly remembered by: mother Josie Witteveen and her husband Ron Gulka; father Edward Hettinga; brother Rayne Hettinga and his wife Kylie Poole; Oma and Opa, Janny and Gerry Witteveen; Beppe and Pake, Rennie and Art Hettinga. Also sadly missed by her aunts, uncles and many cousins. We will always remember her smile that would light up a room.
Darien attended Woodstock Collegiate Institute where she excelled in social activities. She also attended George Brown College for fashion management. She found great joy in using her fashion savvy to help brides ‘say yes to the dress’ as a bridal consultant at Jealous Bridesmaids on Bloor St. West.
Visitation at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be conducted at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 1246 Oxford St. West, on Monday, January 13 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please celebrate Darien’s giving spirit by considering a donation to St. Aidan’s Anglican Church or the charity of your choice.
Walt & Lammy Deruiter
January 10, 2020, 4:43 pm
Sending condolences and wishing you strength, peace and comfort as you celebrate her life and fill the huge empty space she leaves behind with cherished memories of her in your heart.
January 10, 2020, 8:32 pm
So sorry to hear about your beautiful daughter Darien. Thinking of your family at this very sad time.
January 10, 2020, 11:39 pm
Dear Ed & Josie, Dave and I are heartbroken to hear of the sudden passing of your daughter. May God give you strength, hope and comfort for the days that lie ahead.
With lots of love Dave & Lillian Crawford
January 11, 2020, 4:35 am
I’m so sorry! May the arms of Jesus wrap around family and friends a like giving you comfort and strength.
Henry and Wendy Scheerhoorn and family
January 11, 2020, 10:34 am
Sending our condolences to you, Ed, Josie, Rayne and family. May God give you strength and comfort. Thinking of you all in this very tragic time. May the memories of Darien comfort you. Love Henry and Wendy Scheerhoorn and family.
Nancy & Wayne Weicker
January 11, 2020, 12:10 pm
Please accept our sincere sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly sad time.
Pete and Elaine Burrill
January 11, 2020, 2:55 pm
Our heart breaks for you all and there are no words. May God comfort and bring healing as only He can.
Pete and Elaine and family
Jeff & Susan Wagner
January 11, 2020, 3:34 pm
Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. "Treasure the Memories"
Jane & Jessica Smeltz
January 11, 2020, 5:47 pm
Sending all the love in the world to our beautiful family during this tragic time. Darien was a blessing and we were lucky to have her, she will be so very missed. Keeping you in our thoughts, prayers and most of all our hearts.
Love, Aunt Jane & Cousin Jessica
January 11, 2020, 7:56 pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you Josie, and your family. God bless Darien’s beautiful young soul.....and please watch over Darien’s family today, and everyday from here on.
January 12, 2020, 12:22 am
I am so deeply sorry for your loss of Darien. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved her. Sending you love Josie to you and your family. Hugs, Veronica
Lena & John Streef
January 12, 2020, 1:56 pm
Deepest Heartfelt Condolences to all of you as you mourn the loss of such a beautiful young lady. Rest in Eternal Peace Sweet Darien.
January 12, 2020, 6:17 pm
So sorry to hear about the sudden death of your beautiful daughter Darien. May God give you strength at this devastating time.
January 12, 2020, 7:37 pm
We wish to send our sincere condolences for your sudden loss of Darien. While we are not able to attend the funeral we will be thinking of the entire family and you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Mel, Brenda and family
Jim & Dana Weicker
January 12, 2020, 8:17 pm
No words can easy your pain, but we send our sincere condolences with the sudden passing of Darien. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jim, Dana & family.
Roy and Grace Bragg
January 13, 2020, 1:38 pm
Dear Josie and family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your precious daughter. I’ m so sad for you, life is hard when you have to bury your daughter, she was so beautiful. We know how hard this is and if you ever want to talk, I’d be so happy to be there for you. Call us any time or email me. Love Grace💕
January 15, 2020, 11:36 am
Your light shone so brightly in this world. Rest In Peace, Sweet Darien.
January 15, 2020, 11:39 am
On behalf of my entire staff, I want to send my most heartfelt condolences to the entire Hettinga family. May love, strength and the memory of Darien’s bright spirit carry you through this immensely difficult time. Sending love and warmth your way.
January 15, 2020, 5:16 pm
Sending Heartfelt Sympathy
I am sorry for your loss