Gerry Baetsen

A photo of Gerry Baetsen


St. Patrick's Church, Merlin
Monday December 23, 2019
11:00 a.m.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday December 22, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Gerardus “Gerry” Baetsen of Merlin, loving husband of Linda (Hopper) Baetsen, father of Tom & Lisa Baetsen, Gary & Kristi Baetsen and the late Jackie Baetsen and “Opa” to Ashley, Tyler, Amber, William, Natalie, Jaedyn, Jake and Ella passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Thursday December 19, 2019.

Born in Holland on April 24, 1943, Gerry was one of fifteen children born to the late Anna Marie & Lambertus Baetsen.  He is survived by his siblings Christina Henrietha McDonald, William Renier Baetsen,  Johanna Petronella VanOirschot, Leonie Marie Sproule, Elisabeth Wilhelmina Foote and Petronella Maria Brouns.  He was predeceased by his siblings Marie Leonie Vroomans, Leonardus Antonius Baetsen, Antionette Maria Baetsen, Berta Maria Mann, Wilhelmina Gerarda VanDevl, Margaretha Henriette Mitrakos, Anna Matilda Consten and Antonius Lois Henrick Baetsen.

Survived by his brother-in-law Larry Hopper, sister-in-law Marilyn Cartier and his pal, Chase.

Gerry was a Millwright by trade and worked for many years at Dorssers in Blenheim.  His love of working followed him in his retirement as he continued to keep busy every day.  He loved his family with all his heart.  He and Linda enjoyed spending their winters in Florida where they made many good friends.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Sunday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Mass for Gerry will be held in St. Patrick’s Church, Merlin on Monday December 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Cremation will follow.

Friends wishing to remember Gerry with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice.

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Our deepest condolences from the nephews, Gerry was a great role model, that always had time for us, we will never forget him, John, Terry and family

My deepest condolences to you Linda and your family. Gerry was a great man I enjoyed our many laughs and teasing each other over the years. We are all here for you through this difficult time. Love Sue, John and Ethan xo

Linda, I'm very sorry for your loss. Gerry was definitely a good guy.

Sending our condolences for a special Uncle (aka Mom's baby brother). Uncle Gerry was always so loving and sensitive, but also very sassy and funny...especially during Skype calls. He meant something different to each family member, but he will be equally missed by all. The van Oirschot family

I remember Gerry very well from when I worked at the Erie cafe more than 15 years ago. He was there most mornings for coffee with the farmers and was always kind and smiling and getting laughs out of the other gentlemen. I’m sure he will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to family and friends.

Linda , I just read of your husbands passing, I did not know him , but do remember you from many years ago . Be strong and just remember all the good times. Wayne

Dear Linda and Cousins, We are all so sad to hear of Uncle Gerry's passing. Although we did not get the opportunity to see him often, we remember fondly the times he visited Nova Scotia. We remember the humour, smile and good nature of our Mom's youngest brother. We know that the days ahead will be difficult, but hope that time will help ease the pain of your loss. Sending you our love and prayers, Maria, Connie, Chrissie, George and Andrew

Linda and Family Sorry to read of your husband's death. Treasure all your fun memories.

Dear Linda, Family and friends: We are sorry and sad to learn about Uncle Gerry passing away. Please accept our condolences on your loss. We wish you lots of strength in such trying times. Sincerely, Carlo and Lisanne Consten - The Netherlands

Linda and family, sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this most difficult time.

Sorry to hear that you have lost a great man I learned a lot from him in the time we spent together building our grain systems and also going to school with Jackie and her brothers thinking of you Linda in this time may God bless you

Sorry to here our friend Gerry has passed. Glad we got to visit with him before we left. See you Sunday. Bob and Pat

Linda and Family, We have only known you Linda and Gerry for a relatively short time having been introduced in Florida by good friends of yours the Brady's. You welcomed us into your home and were so easy to meet and be with as though we had know each other for a long long time. We remember the get together over breakfast after Sunday church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you especially during these difficult times. God bless all of you!

Sending our deepest condolences to you Linda and the whole family. Sincerely, Bridget and Frank

Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of you father. May your memories bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

Linda & family I'm sending my deepest condolences for ur lost. Gerry was a great friend. He will be sadly missed.

To Linda and family. So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in prayers and thoughts. Marie Reycraft

So sorry for your loss.We will miss seeing him at the Erie Cafe.Thinking of Linda and Family at this difficult time.We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.R.I.P. Jerry.