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Blonk, Pieter

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August 23, 1962 - November 13, 2020

Blonk, Pieter

It  is with immeasurable sadness and a broken heart that I share with you the passing of my dear, dear husband and best friend.  Pieter Blonk, age 58, died at Baylor Scott and White Centennial Hospital on Friday November 13, 2020.  He left his earthly body and rose to the heavenly realms to join his beloved family in the eternal and glorious presence of our Heavenly Father.

Pieter, amazing husband, loving father, brother, brother in law, colleague, a friend to all he met, was taken away, way too soon and too young from all those who knew him, leaving a huge void in all our hearts.

He was born on August 23, 1962 in Naarden, The Netherlands, and spent his childhood in Huizen. Pieter attended the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, where he earned degrees with honors in Electronics and Computer Programming, culminating  in a PhD in Factory Automation (1991).

While interning at Phillips Laboratories in Westchester County, New York, Pieter met the love of his life, Julia Alice Smith. They were married on January 27, 1990 in Ossining, New York. In 1992 Pieter and Julia moved near Albany, New York, where he worked for SynQuest/Viewlocity, a provider of supply chain planning.   While living in New York, they became proud parents of two adopted children, Violina from Bulgaria and Robert from Russia.

In 2003, Pieter’s job transferred the family to Texas, where they bought a home in Frisco, and where they continue to reside. New job opportunities opened up for him at ZMS/Expeditors International, where he worked as Senior Developer until his unexpected death.  Pieter truly loved his work and was extremely fond of his colleagues and co-workers.

Pieter was an avid reader and had many interests and hobbies. He was an excellent photographer, capturing the uniqueness of the smallest of objects to vast panoramas of majestic landscapes.  But he especially loved taking pictures of his beloved children and Charlie, the family dog!  Pieter loved music-all kinds of music.  He played the organ as a young child and at the University he learned to play the carillon. One of his favorite activities was playing the bells at the Guadalupe Cathedral in Dallas.  He and Julia attended many organ and symphony concerts at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.  Pieter loved traveling and taking his family to various destinations in Europe and the USA.

Pieter is survived by his wife, Julia Smith-Blonk, daughter Violina, son Robert, sister/brother-in-law Geraldine and Jan Provoost-Blonk, nephews Vincent and Arthur,

aunts Louise Sekeris-van Oudheusden and Dorothea Wilschut-van Oudheusden.

Pieter was preceded in death by his father, Gijsbert Blonk who died in 2004 and by his mother, Henny Blonk who passed away very recently, on October 7, 2020.

Pieter, we miss you terribly! You radiated so much life, joy, faith, kindness, selflessness, knowledge and brilliance.  Honestly, we don’t understand why this happened but all we can do is put this burden in God’s hands and trust in His unfailing love, wisdom, and guidance for the difficult days ahead.

Special sentiments from Violina:

My father was an amazing man. A man who took me and my family all over the world. A man who helped me during my darkest times and a man with a smile and laugh that could light up a room. Dad was very slow to anger and always had a smile on his face. He inspired me to be a kind person. He shared with me his love for science, astronomy and math. One of my favorite memories of him is going together to the science museum, where he bought me a little notebook and we watched a documentary on space. Then he quizzed me after the documentary. My dad was more than a dad;  he was one of the few people I really looked up to. I miss you daddy!! 

Pieter, we miss you terribly! You radiated so much life, joy, faith, kindness, selflessness, knowledge and brilliance.  Honestly, we don’t understand why this happened, but all we can do is put this burden in God’s hands and trust in His unfailing love, wisdom, and guidance for the difficult days ahead.

To our friends and family, Violina, Robert and I are overwhelmed and most grateful for your heartfelt expressions of love, prayers, condolences, kindness and generosity.  We pray that the peace of Jesus Christ be with all of you and comfort you as well. Hold on tightly to your loved ones and always show them your love.

With much love and gratitude,

Julia, Violina and Robert Blonk

Service Details:

Visitation for Pieter will be held at Aria Funeral Home located at 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252 – Friday, November 20, 2020 – 11:00am-2:00pm

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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

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Shirley Turner

November 21, 2020 5:28PM

My heart is just broken for you. I have lifted you
up in Jesus arms, surrounding you in love and peace. All the kids have expressed sadness with you loss. Hugs and prayers coming your way.
Reece, Ryan, Kathy, Kylie, Shirley

Gillian Schuurman

November 21, 2020 9:56AM

Dear Julia, Violina and Robert,

My deepest condolences for the loss of Pieter. When I visited you in Frisco I remember Pieter's heartwarming and kind welcome, which immediately made me feel at home. Wishing well of you and your family in this time of loss. Gillian

Susie Rice

November 20, 2020 12:32PM

My sincere sympathies and prayers for you all. May our LORD surround you all with HIs peace, comfort, strength, love and grace during this difficult time. At our family gatherings, he was very friendly, kind, helpful, and so thoughtful. Much love to you all.

Barbara Nauta

November 20, 2020 11:29AM

I am so sorry for your loss, Julia, Violina and Robert. Pieter was admired and dearly loved. I remember how joyful he was and how willing he was to serve. I remember the day I accompanied him up the Guadeloupe Cathedral tower to watch him play the carillon. I remember how humble Pieter was. Not mentioning his accomplishments just using his gifts and talents with joy and enthusiasm. We all miss Pieter, terribly. God bless and comfort you in your grief.


November 19, 2020 5:18PM

Please accept my deepest condolences. I am thinking of your family during this difficult time. Pieter was an incredible and generous man, and his devotion to family was admirable. Whenever I needed help with something, I knew I could always count on Pieter. Pieter will always share his incredible knowledge and tricks with the team. I always admire Pieter's energy and passion for his work. I will cherish the memories I have of Pieter. I remember meeting Pieter for the first time at my interview with Expeditors. His welcoming smile reduced my nervousness during the interview. He always spreads the positivity at the workplace and brings people together on happy hours and weekly lunches. Remembering all the fun memories and wonderful times we spent together as coworkers fills me with joy. Pieter has inspired me a lot with his dedication to work and family. I miss my desk mate a lot.

Jur & Agnes

November 19, 2020 12:20PM

Julia, Violina and Robert,

Our sincere condolences with the still not believable loss of Pieter. We have very fond memories especially when we visited you in Albany en when you visited us in Maarssen.
We wish you great strength overcomingl the grief.

Jur & Agnes

Chuck and Wendy Kolakowski

November 19, 2020 10:51AM

Julia, Violina and Robert...It is with our deepest sympathy that we express our condolences for the unexpected passing of Pieter. Pieter meant a lot to Wendy and I and to the men at RCP and Grace. Pieter's knowledge of the stars and his love for photography was very evident at Mo Ranch. Please know that Wendy and I will continue to pray for each of you and your entire family. We know through our faith that our Lord has Pieter in His loving hands and someday we all will be together again. May God provide each of you and your family you with the peace that surpasses all understanding that only He can provide to each of us. Our deepest condolences, Wendy and Chuck Kolakowski

Ronald Boshuis

November 19, 2020 6:07AM

Our sincere condolences for this huge loss. Pieter was a fantastic, caring, always interested, smart and humble guy. Sad to see him leave this earthly place.

A house mate and study mate during our studies at the TH.

Jolanda hogenbirk

November 19, 2020 5:36AM

Gecontroleerd met je man en jullie vader heel heel veel sterkte toegewenst
Pieter is het huis van zijn vader.rust zacht.
Buurvrouw van Geradien

Loesje Willem en Elise van t Hof Sekeris

November 19, 2020 5:08AM

Dear family

Our deepest sympathies from us. It is unbelievable Pieter is now longer here. We wish you all the strenght and Gods power to give it a place. Pieter will always rememberd by all of us.
Love from the Netherlands
Loesje Willem en Elise van t Hof Sekeris

Jan Provoost ( from the Netherlands)

November 19, 2020 4:03AM

what a terrible loss at such a young age. My deepest condolences to Julia, Violina, Robert and family

Geraldine Provoost-Blonk

November 19, 2020 3:19AM

I don’t have enough words for this terrible loss. A beautiful person had passend away. Hope the Eternal will comfort you and surround you with His love, to bear this great loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Leo en Rian Provoost

November 19, 2020 2:18AM

Dear Julia, Violina an Robert, I’m so so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Also for Geraldine, Jan Vincent and Arthur. For all of you it’s even harder since the recent passing of Pieter and Geraldine’s mother.
I’m glad to have known Pieter in his early years when I was playing at his home with Geraldine. I remember his laugh that sounded just like his dad’s...

Els Teijsen-Boekholt

November 19, 2020 12:28AM

We are Vera stad the haar of the destijds of Pieter. We know Pieter For mij hole lief. Forst we wherry neigbours at the oude raadhuis squarepants at Huizen, and later both pure parents moved to the weegbree. Later Pieter moved to the USA and we lost contact. But the last Yes-R Pieter and hiis family spant time at Buitenminsen when the visit theorie Motherwell and grand Motherwell in the Netherland. And for a luttele time we where neigbours again. It is a grat lost for his family in the USA and Huizen that Pieter lost his live a gewoon weeks after his Mother. And Vera sad that it was not possible that the family Blonk could not come to the funeraire of aunt Henny ( the mother of Pieter) and that Geraldine and her family have to stay in Holland. We wish the hole family Blonk the a lot of love. Kind regards. Els Teijsen Naarden Holland

Reinder de Boer

November 18, 2020 10:21PM

Carol and I are so saddened by your unexpected loss. We pray for strength to you all. All the best, Reinder and Carol.

linda Minsky

November 18, 2020 7:33PM

Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Linda Minsky and family

Halina & Leo Roth

November 18, 2020 6:26PM

Dear Julia, Violina & Robert our deepest condolences. You are in our prayers.

brenda gholson sierra

November 18, 2020 3:42PM

My deepest sympathy for the loss of Pieter. My memories of him are from our family reunions. He was always so happy . I could tell that his family was very important to him.

Kristina Stacey

November 18, 2020 3:36PM

I will always remember Pieter coming to my house, interpreting the Dutch websites and helping me with plans for our family reunion in The Netherlands. I so appreciated my fellow Dutchman's help. Pieter was always so friendly, helpful and kind. I have enjoyed watching his family's adventures together through Peter's beautiful photography. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Susan Pascarelli

November 18, 2020 1:33PM

I send sincere sympathy and prayers during this time of great sadness. Although I didn't have an opportunity to meet Mr Blonk in person, I came to know him through his wonderful daughter Violina. Certainly a man Violina has spoke highly of and I know will be greatly missed. Love & Hugs to you and your family. Susan Pascarelli (Townsend)