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Special Report

The wife of Governor Edison Rijna loses her battle against cancer

The wife of Governor Edison Rijna, Freeke Rijna-Kunts, passed away in Holland during the weekend of February 10 after a long, tenacious battle against cancer. The governor traveled urgently on Saturday with the hope of seeing her while she was still alive. 

 

Freeke Kunst was born 31 December 1971. She worked in Curacao as a jurist and when her husband became Governor moved to Bonaire. She and her husband had two children, Ivan and Rosa. Freeke was a quiet person, but very interested in the history, culture and nature of Bonaire. She attended history courses and Bonaire's nature was something she was very fascinated with. She had a lot of plans when she arrived to live on Bonaire, among other things planting a vegetable garden.

For many years, before her husband became governor, Freeke confronted health problems due to cancer. Notwithstanding this, she fought, persevered and was hopeful that she would recover. At the end of 2016, it became obvious that no further treatment would help. She spent the end of the year together with her family, aware that it would be the last occasion for them to be together. 

At the end of the second week in February her situation became much more grave causing the Governor to leave urgently for Holland. It is not known if he was able to get to his wife in time to say goodbye. Story courtesy of Extra newspaper, translation Jane Madden Disko.

The Reporter team extends their condolences to the Governor, his family and loved ones.

 

The February 13-27, 2017 edition of the Bonaire Reporter is on-line  now at www.bonairereporter.com and available via Facebook.

 Contents:

InselAir Meltdown Status see page 3
Fitness– Spinning 5
Robert de Palm Cargill Award 5
Fishing Tournament Results 6
Diana Sint Jago Art Debut 7
Happy Birthday Neriyah 7
More at Mangazina di Rei 7
Bird watching-LVV 7
Karnaval Taste of Bonaire 8
Bonaire on TV 8
Rob Stewart Dies Diving 8
In Memory of Victor 8
Mountain Bike Race 8
New Crab Discovered 9
BonDiGro Opening Party 10
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Found 15
Departments
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since -Romy Gerling 4
Letters –More bats, Self Defense 5
Picture Yourself (Uganda, Africa) 5
Food and Vitality –Dark Chocolate 6
A Garden–Just Do It (Drying Out) 10
Classifieds, Masthead 11
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset
Times, Moon Phase 11
What’s Happening + Cruise Ship 12
Buying & Dining Guide 13
Bonaire Sky Park (Orion Nebula) 14
The Stars Have It (horoscope) 14
Did You Know? (Sphinx moth) 15
Pet of the Week (Miss Misha cat) 15

 

The January 30-February 13, 2017 edition of the Bonaire Reporter is on-line  now at www.bonairereporter.com and available via Facebook.

 Contents:

BBE Wants Better Air Service  see page  3
George Buckley Honored 6
Where Have All the Loras Gone? 6
2016 Picture Winner 7
Hummingbirds of the Night (Bats) 8
"Buttoning-up" For Turtles 8
Saturday Tour of Dos Pos 8
International Fishing Tournament 9
Help! Topic Needed! 9
Bonaire Women March 10
Departments
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since -Danny Klein 4
Reflections– Doctor Visits 5
Picture Yourself (Sicily, Italy) 7
A Garden–Just Do It ( Face Lift) 10
Classifieds, Masthead 11
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 11
What’s Happening + Cruise Ship 12
Buying & Dining Guide 13
Bonaire Sky Park (Constellations) 14
The Stars Have It (Astrology) 14
Did You Know? Barracudas 15
Pet of the Week (Donna Dog) 15
Shelter News –Sterilization and Adoption
Success 15

 

The January 16-30, 2017 edition of the Bonaire Reporter is on-line  now at www.bonairereporter.com and available via Facebook.

 Contents:

Poverty Summit –Skepticism see page 6
Maritime Film Festival 7
4261.86 Miles at 73 7
Saving Lives– Seven Miles Up 8
Maskarada at Schools 9
2016 Picture Yourself Winner 14
Departments
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since… Paulo Bertuol
& Elise Galitzki 4
Food and Vitality—Healthy Resolutions 5
Word On the Street 5
A Garden–Just Do It ( Abundance) 10
Letters– Pet Project, Cruise Ship Economics,
Search without Warrant 9
Classifieds, Masthead 11
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset
Times, Moon Phase 11
What’s Happening + Cruise Ship 12
Bonaire Sky Park (Length of the Seasons) 13
The Stars Have It (Astrology) 13
Picture Yourself (Louisiana & Texas, USA) 14
Did You Know? Christmas Tree Worm 15
Pets of the Week (Triplet kittens) 15
Shelter News –Thanks 15

 

The January 2-16, 2017 edition of the Bonaire Reporter is on-line  now at www.bonairereporter.com and available via Facebook.

 Contents:

Christmas Concert Photos see pg. 1
Road Tax Fees 3
Sustainable Sailing Yacht to Arrive 5
Bonaire Maritime Film Festival 7
Reflections– Celebrating Zika-mas 6
Eighth Annual Christmas Concert 8
Where to Find The Bonaire Reporter 8
Maskarada 2017 9
New Year Resolutions 9
Going Green-EchoTree Planting 10
S. Newman Darby - Obituary 11
Strange (Oil) Bird 14
Paw Pal Award-Jane Madden-Disko 15
Departments
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Born on Bonaire—Sonraida Mercelina
& Edsel Piar 4
Picture Yourself (Cape of Good Hope, Africa)     7
A Garden–Just Do It ( More Spices, Local Holiday Treats) 10
Classifieds, Masthead 11
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 11
What’s Happening + Cruise Ship 12
Bonaire Sky Park (Gassy Jupiter) 13
The Stars Have It (Astrology) 13
Did You Know? Monarch Butterfly 14
Pets of the Week (Senior Dogs) 15
An Elderly Romance 15