Bernardina Francisca Johanna Maria “Diny” BONN (VERBERK)

1st September 1932 - 25th October 2019
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Service Details
7pm Tuesday 25/10/2019
Calvary Hospital Chapel
25 Centre Street, Invercargill

Requiem Mass:
10am 30/10/2019
St Patrick's Catholic Church
Rimu Street, Invercargill
30 October 2019, 10:00AM

BONN (VERBERK), Bernardina Francisca Johanna Maria “Diny”.


At Hospice Southland on Friday 25 October 2019; peacefully in the presence of her loving family, aged 87. Beloved widow of Johannes (Jan) Bonn, and former wife of the late Rinus Verberk. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Elsa and Glenn Hatch (Bunbury, Aust.), John and Denise Bonn (Stewart Is.), Marianne Monteath, Dianne and Maurice Watters, Jacqueline Firth (Hobart, Aust.), Sally and Danny Tamayo (Bunbury, Aust.), Michael and Cindy Bonn (Q’town). Loved Nana and Oma of her 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.


A Rosary will be held in Calvary Hospital Chapel, 215 Centre Street, Invercargill on Tuesday 29 October at 7pm. Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Rimu Street, Invercargill on Wednesday 30 October at 10am, followed by interment at Eastern Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Southland would be appreciated and can be made at the service. Messages can be sent to 42 Rakiura Parade, Otatara, RD9, Invercargill 9879 or to Diny’s tribute page at


Your mum and relative was such a lovely lady always helpful and with a willing attitude and a wonderful laugh and a beautiful smile. May you be filled with great memories of her for the rest of your lives
kathleen pritchard, Auckland nz
Elsa and family. So sorry for your loss. Your mom will be sorely missed by you all.
Jean and Vic Boyington, Gold Coast, Australia
To the Bonn- Verberk family - So sorry that your lovely Mother Dinny has passed away. She always had such a lovely heart and was a kind caring person always smiling. I recall the first time I met her when I went to their Conyers St home after school to play with Elsa - aged 7- she made me feel so welcome. She was a loyal and loving friend to Mum and Dad and our family and also when Mum remarried Joe Van Empel. I last spoke to her at Joes funeral 10 days ago - she gave me a lovely hug. It was always a delight to see her The Dutch community has lost another legend. May God encompass you all with his love at this time. and comfort you. All my love, Shirley Cranstoun ( Rodenburg)
Shirley Cranstoun ( Rodenburg), Invercargill
Sending my condolences to the Bonn family for the sad passing of Diny. Thinking of you Sally and Danny with much love. Jacinto Tamayo.❤️
Jacinto, Palmerston North
To Diny's Family. Please accept my Sincere Sympathy in the death of your well-loved and cherished mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. It will be in the special memories each of you have of Deny that she will continue to live in your hearts. May Deny be at peace with her Lord. God bless each of you. Margaret Fletcher.
Margaret Fletcher, Gold Coast
Lieve Dien
Je was verweg toch dicht bij vaak contact met de telefoon al was dit de laatste tijd wat minder we zullen je zeker gaan missen. Al de kinderen wensen wij de komende tijd veel sterkte en kracht.
Bep en Hans
Je zus Bep en Hans, Wateringen
A lovely caring person who always had a gentle caring manner didn't matter what circumstances .
Always a smile and her laugh ,Her Bike .
We are thinking of you at this sad time .
Sorry we cant be there .
Coard Family , Invercargill,Riverton Christchurch ,Q,Land ,Perth
Diny's Funeral Mass can be viewed from 09.45 (NZ time) on 30 October 2019 on:
John Bonn, Invercargill
So very sorry for your loss.Diny was our neighbour for the past 8 years and she will be sadly missed.We will miss our weekly chats with her and her beautiful smile.She was the most loveliest,warmest,person and it was a privilege to have known her.Thinking of you all at this time.
Chris,Charlotte,Tianna., Invercargill
My beautiful Nana ❤️
Words can not describe the sadness in my heart. You were truely such an amazing mother, grandmother, friend and woman.
I will always cherish the memories of every game we played, every coffee date we had and watching you hold my baby girl and I will continue to “Schzzutt” the winning pack of canasta cards in your memory
Leah Tamayo, Bunbury
I'm going keep Ur letters like treasure Nana as I will Ur memory I'm so proud of you love U forever and always.
Carissa Keanu Storm and Ahvani, Bunbury
I will carry the memories of when i was a child and would come and see you in your awesome little A-frame house where you would often look after me or i would come pick my presents up from dad in Australia.

Although i could never understand what you were saying with your accent and fast way of speaking as a kid, it was always clear the love you showed to everyone around you, and your baking was always a treat!

You will be missed, and with a heavy heart i send all my love to the family today.
Brendon Partridge, Christchurch
To Diny's family,
Diny and I met at St. Patrick's. Her warm welcome was followed with an invitation to morning tea and that was the beginning of a friendship I will always cherish. I am grateful for Diny sharing her faith and love of life and others with us during the 5 years we lived in Invercargill.
Sending our sincere condolences to each of you.
Warm aloha from Hawaii
Lorrie Dillon and Paul Willard, Kamuela, Hawaii
Hello family Bonn,
I heard of my sister the death of your mother, and I wish you all strength in these sad days.
I am the son of Henk Bom (brother of your late father Jan Bonn)
I met her a few times when she was in the Netherlands

She always had the pleasure of being with her family and friends in the Netherlands.
She was also the bond between you in New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Perhaps this band can be kept in one way or another?
I wish you strength in dealing with this big loss and who knows we might see each other again ....


Joop Bom
Joop Bom, Monster
Beste familie Bom,

Gecondoleerd met het verlies van jullie moeder, schoonmoeder en oma. Als tante Dini in Nederland was kwam ze altijd even bij mijn ouders langs.
Dat waren gezellige bezoekjes en als kinderen vonden wij het altijd leuk om de verhalen van 'ver' te horen. In een tijd met nog maar net televisie en geen mobieltjes, internet etc. gaven de verhalen ons het beeld hoe het daar was in Nieuw Zeeland.
Thuis werd ook altijd over jullie vader (voor ons ome Jan) gesproken en werd ome Jan in ons avondgebed voor het eten herdacht.
Ik wens jullie sterkte bij de verwerking van dit grote verlies.
Aad Bom (zoon van Henk Bom, destijds bakker in Poeldijk)
Aad Bom, 's-Gravenzande
Dear family,
Here a message from my mother to all of our family in New Sealand and Australia, children and grandchildren from Jan and Diny Bom-Hoogelander. Lieve familie Bonn, Van harte gecondoleerd met het verlies van jullie lieve moeder en oma. Hier in Holland leven we met jullie mee en denken met respect aan haar leven terug, in het voor ons verre Nieuw Zeeland. Veel groeten en sterkte, ook namens onze kinderen, Liefs Francien Bom

Our condoleances with the passing away from Diny Hoogelander. Love from my mother, my brothers and sisters and me. I hope that many beautiful memorys of Diny will stay with you all, for ever.
Francien Bom, Annette van Lieshout-Bom, Netherlands