March 15, 2009
Jocelyn Catherine (Voortman) Langendoen, who with her husband John started Willowbrook Nurseries in 1979, passed away after a battle with cancer on Jan. 22, in her 53rd year at the Welland General Hospital. Jocelyn’s position as secretary-treasurer of the company was instrumental to its success. Jocelyn and John could be found together at many industry functions all across North America.  

She was the loving wife of John for 33 years and beloved mother of Christopher (Tiffany) Langendoen, Darryl Robert Langendoen and Bradley Jon Langendoen and grandmother of Mackenzie, Cole, Brady, and Bo Daniel.  

Jocelyn Langendoen made friends wherever she went and all miss her humour, wit and the loving and caring heart she had for others. Her walk throughout her entire life was with the Lord and she never doubted that her earthly reward would be in heaven with her risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Langendoen was involved in many ministry opportunities in the North American Christian Reformed Church denomination and in the local community.  

Since early September 2008, the family kept a blog on Jocelyn’s progress, for all to follow along. Donations can be made to Rose City Kids ( a children’s ministry program in Welland, Ont., which Jocelyn helped start and/or to Christian Reformed World Missions ( where Jocelyn served as a board member.