Nita Ruitenbeek


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Nita Ruitenbeek, beloved wife of John for 49 years, mother of Laura (Michael), Sharon (Randy), and David (Julie), and Oma to three grandchildren. Nita was born in The Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1956, settling first in Alberta. After moving to Victoria, she raised a family and worked as a secretary at Pacific Christian High School for 22 years. As a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church, she found ways to contribute to the church community, from teaching Sunday School to working in the church library. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling and living near the ocean. Only recently diagnosed with cancer, she fought a courageous fight and passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 7 while in palliative care at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. We thank the staff for providing excellent care and ensuring that she was comfortable in her last days.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mustard Seed Street Church and Food Bank.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Nita’s passing. I had many occasions where I needed her assistance during my time on the board and on the building and grounds committee of PCS and she never disappointed. She had a big heart for PCS and it showed.
    Please accept our condolences.
    John & Rose De Jong

  2. Coreena Coleman-Girard

    I remember Mrs Ruitenbeek while I was in high school. She always helped out students when we needs a lunch or a phone to call home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Laura and her family.

    From Coreena Coleman- Girard

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss. May God give you comfort and strength in this very difficult time.
    Denise Moedt

  4. Lawrence Dibnah

    To the family of Nita Ruitenbeek,
    Our deepest sympathy for you at this sad time. Please take comfort in knowing that Nita was a great friend and neighbour to us. She will always be remembered.
    Rae and Larry Dibnah
    Waters Edge Village
    Saanichton, BC

  5. To the family
    I had the privilege of working with Nita for many years. She had a great sense of humour and was a terrific person. She was also a hard worker and committed to her family. Blessings and condolences.
    Joan and Bill Reems

  6. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
    Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember a mother who was so close to you.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Nita’s passing. I remember and appreciate her quiet kindness when she worked at PCS. Comfort, strength and peace to you all at this sad time.

  8. Leigh P Bradfield

    Nita was such a competent,helpful and supportive secretary to me for many years. I so enjoyed working with her and her attitude ,skill and ability greatly facilitated my work. She was such a lovely person.
    Our heartfelt condolences to John, Laura, Sharon, David and all the family . You are in our thoughts and prayers. Leigh and Marnie

  9. Arja Van der knijff

    Gecondoleerd met met verlies van Nita, ik wens jullie veel sterkte met dit plotselinge verlies

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