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Upper Hutt Leader : October 5th 2011
31 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 5, 2011 NEWS 2514457DI 9A Ormrod Grove, Riverstone Terraces, Upper Hutt PBN over $399,000 Owners instructions are clear. We are heading to Kangaroo land and need to sell to get there! Three fabulous double bedrooms and a good sized study or fourth bedroom. Modern kitchen and open plan living all leading to sun drenched patio and decks. 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Mrs de Bres died peacefully at Elderslea on Saturday, September 17. She was 94. Her funeral was held at a packed St Margaret's Presbyterian Church, Silver- stream, on Tuesday last week. The Rev Lynn Russell said it was a joy and privilege to have had Mrs de Bres in the congre- gation. Mrs de Bres' family told her life story and read scriptures. There was a tribute from the Te Aka Puaho Maori synod, waiata Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art) and at the end her grand- children and great-grandchildren placed tulips, cut from pots she had at her rest home, on her untreated pine casket and wrote their last farewells on the wood. Mrs Russell said it was a joy and privilege to have Mrs de Bres in the congregation where she was a regular at Sunday services and a fellowship group. She helped Mrs Russell serve communion at the Heretaunga home and put reminder notes under the doors of those she thought would be interested in attending. Mrs de Bres had become frail and struggled with the move to Elderslea. But her Christian faith had sustained her throughout and to the end of her life. Mrs de Bres was born Lena Klazina Boon in Holland in 1917. Daughter Bartha Hill told mourners her mother was only a few months old when her mother died of tuberculosis. A frail child, she was not expected to live. When she grew up she was told she was unlikely to have children (she later had eight). She went with her father and second wife on his mission work to Guyana in South America and learnt to drive so she could get sick children to medical help. She returned to Holland for ter- tiary education and at a missio- nary conference was greeted by a poor student acting as a guide. His name was Pieter de Bres. Later he searched her out and their friendship began. She completed a home science degree and in December 1939 the couple married. They began theological training in the hope of ministering in Java, Indonesia. Mr de Bres worried that his wife might not be strong enough for the challenges of life on the field. Their first child, Bartha, was born and went in her pram to lectures with her mother. Their second child, Kartini, was born in Holland in 1942 and named after an Indonesian princess who championed education for women. Because of World War II it was decided parish mission in Fries- land, in the north of Holland, was a safer option than Indonesia. Mr de Bres had strong opinions about the war which he voiced from the pulpit. This upset the Germans so the family escaped to the small town of Amstelveen where Mrs de Bres' parents had a rest home where they could live. After the war ended the couple still hoped to minister in Indonesia and Mrs de Bres' parents moved there in antici- pation. But with a family it was con- sidered too dangerous and Mr de Bres returned to parish life and later a stint as an army chaplain where he met the Dutch queen. Son Guido had a serious acci- dent and his heavily pregnant mother cycled to hospital to visit him every day. In 1954 Mr de Bres saw an advertisement seeking Dutch ministers to come to New Zealand to provide pastoral care for Dutch migrants. After six weeks supervising seven children on the boat here, they moved into a small house and caravan and began a new life, new language, new food (no yoghurt and horrible'' coffee), Christmas in summer and a father often away with his work which covered the southern half of the North Island and the top of the South Island. He was in demand to perform weddings for many brides coming to join their fiances. For the first time Mrs de Bres had no household help so her daughters took on various respon- sibilities. Mr de Bres moved back to pa- rish ministry (although he still did some Dutch migrant work) and the family came to St David's in Upper Hutt. Mrs de Bres was happy to return to parish work although she found it hard to lead devotions for the women's group. Her parents moved to New Zea- land and bought a house in Upper Hutt so they could be close to their only child. Later the de Bres family moved to Auckland and became involved in Maori mission work. Mrs Hill said her mother had a life-long vision and commitment to missions and strongly supported her husband's work. The couple's youngest child, John, was born in Auckland when his mother was 45. A late edition to the family, he was only two years older than his parents' first grandchild. The family moved to parishes in Dunedin followed by Hastings and Christchurch. In his latter years Mr de Bres qualified as a lawyer and worked in a community law centre but still took services for the church. When he died after 55 years of marriage, his widow stayed on in Christchurch and about 14 years ago moved to Upper Hutt, where daughter Kartini Davis lives. She settled in an apartment at Heretaunga Home. She became well-known in the Silverstream community, evi- denced by the number of people who greeted her when she went out. Son Joris, as race relations commissioner, took her to many functions, where she became something of a celebrity. A highlight was cutting the rib- bon with the mayor at an official opening in Lower Hutt. At 94 she was computer literate and kept in touch with family and friends around the world by email. She looked forward to every Christmas and being surrounded by family. Last year she wrote her memoirs to share with them. Mr de Bres said his mother was valued and appreciated by the St Margaret's congregation. The Rev Wayne Te Kaawa, moderator of Te Aka Puaho Maori synod, said the couple's mission work among Maori lived on. In 1961 they spent several weeks ministering in the Tuhoe town of Te Whaiti (near Murupara). Three or four years ago the area was wrestling with gang and alcohol problems and not a place you would want to go,'' he said. The church and manse, on donated land, were in disrepair. Young people were taught trade skills and restored the buildings. In December the site will be formally handed back to the fa- mily who gave the land. Families of past ministers, including the de Bres family, will be invited to the ceremony. The people of Te Whaiti have never forgotten the de Bres fa- mily.'' In Auckland the synod set up hostels for young Maori moving there for training and Mr and Mrs de Bres ministered to them. They were trendsetters who challenged us to go to areas we never had before,'' Mr Te Kaawa said. In the 1960s the couple surveyed Northland about the possibility of opening a church there under the Maori synod. In 2008 the synod took up the challenge and began a church at the marae at Waitangi. Mrs de Bres joined the Maori Women's Welfare League in Wel- lington and become one of the few non-Maori members. Mrs de Bres is survived by seven of her eight children (Bar- tha Hill, Dunedin, Kartini Davis, Upper Hutt, Lyn Potter, Auck- land, Joris, Wellington, Margreet Simpson, Outram, Hanna Mason, Hawarden, and John, Sydney), 21 grandchildren and 29 great- grandchildren.
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