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Henry H. (Heinrich) Goossen

A member of Chilliwack General Hospital board of directors and Liberal nominee for the 1957 BC provincial elections Henry Henry Goossen died unexpectedly July 14, 1970 at his home 37 Woodbine Street North, Chilliwack BC.

Mr. Goossen was president of the Upper Fraser Valley Society for Handicapped children for 10 years. Under his leadership three important centers were built: the Sunshine School for Retarded Children; Hostel for the Handicapped and the Adult Occupation Centre. He served three years as president of the Provincial Association for Retarded Children and later served on the Canadian Association.

He was given an honorary life membership in the Provincial Association for Retarded Children in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the cause of handicapped children.

Henry Goossen was born on January 2, 1916 in Russia to Heinrich H. & Katharina (Koop) Goossen. He immigrated to Canada in 1926. He married Katharina P. “Teenie” Braun on September 23 1939. Three children were born to them: Alvin, Gloria and Grace. He lived in the Chilliwack area for 27 years.

He is survived by his wife Teenie one son: Henry Alvin, Yarrow; two daughters: Gloria (J. Michael) Baker; and Miss Grace Goossen; two brothers: Rev. John Goossen, Winkler Manitoba; and Jacob Goossen, Manitou, Manitoba; two sisters: Miss Martha Goossen, Yarrow; and Mrs. Cornelius fast, Manitou, Manitoba; his step-mother: Mrs. Elizabeth Goossen, Yarrow and three grandchildren.

Rev. Henry Warkentin officiated at the funeral service at Broadway Mennonite Brethren Church. Pallbearers were Jacob Goossen; John Goossen; Cornelius Fast, Jr.; Jacob Derksen, Herman Loewen and Henry Tessman.

Interment was in the IOOF cemetery.

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