Carolyn D. DeGruyter (Vanderburgh)

December 1, 1943 - August 27, 2017

A private time of remembrance will be held by the family at a later date.  

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Carolyn Dawn DeGruyter passed away peacefully at Sakura House in Woodstock, on Sunday August 27, 2017, surrounded by the love of her family.  Carolyn had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, suddenly, in April.

Carolyn was born December 1, 1943, in Goderich Ontario.  She married and raised her family in Monkton, Ontario.  Carolyn worked at various jobs in her lifetime.  Her first job was at Monkton Poultry Farms, and her last was working as an RPN.

Loving mother of Joanne Winlaw (Mark) and Rob Pestell.  Caring Grandmother to Craig Pehlke, Amy Broda (Tim), and Michelle Pehlke (Marc Langlois).

Her grandchildren will always remember spending time with her in the kitchen….making turtles, cutting out gingerbread cookies, and putting too much icing on everything!  Carolyn was also famous for her deep dish pies, her love of Court TV, Dr. Phil and Donald Trump!  She also liked holding everyone captive while she told a long, long, long story!

Carolyn had four Great Grandchildren. Kaylynn, Natalie, Austin, and Liam.  They always called her “GG”.  Carolyn always made homemade dinner rolls to bring to special family dinners.  We will miss her “GG buns!”

Carolyn will now be reunited in Heaven with her daughter Brenda, who passed away in 1966.  What a reunion that will be!  Also predeceased by her parents Ken and Irene Vanderburgh, and a brother Ken.

Cherished friend to Vicki Giles, and family, Edwin, Ashley and Mac Hooper.  They shared many good times and laughs.

Survived by husband Peter, and by her siblings Juanita Yundt, Gwen Hart, Tom (Donna) Vanderburgh, Nancy Irwin, Janice Dickson, and special sister in law Alice Vanderburgh.  Aunt to several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place.  A private time of remembrance will be held by the family at a later date.   The family would like to thank everyone at Sakura House for all their care and kindness.  If desired, memorial contributions to VON Sakura House Woodstock Ontario would be appreciated, and may be made directly or through Wareing Cremation Services, 346 Simcoe Street, Tillsonburg, Ontario 519-409-5575.

“…and now I’m glad I didn’t know, The way it all would end the way it all would go, Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain, But I’d have to miss the dance….”   Garth Brooks