1970: Death certificate for Christina ‘Tineke’ Kool

Christina “Tineke” Kool was a loving mother, sister, and high school teacher who died after a long struggle with mental illnesses. This is her death certificate, and a record of births from her parents’ union — including sister Ruth Kool and brother Morris Kool — which were photocopied by someone else in my family onto the same sheet.

1985: Maria Wilhelmina van Erp passes away on the 10th of December

Maria Wilhelmina van Erp raised my grandfather, Johan Siersema, and was considered by most to be his mother, since he was borderline estranged from his biological mother — Helena de Wit — for most of his life, according to my mom. “Means,” or “Oma Doorn” as she was called, passed away a little more than a year after I was born, and this is the notice that ran in the newspaper (a rough translation will be posted below):

Rough translation:

Any and general notification
On Wednesday, December 10, 1985 our lively and caring mother and grandmother has gone to sleep

Maria Wilhelmina van Erp
Born August 8, 1901

Widow of Klaas Siersema,
Colonel of infantry B.D.,
Former commander of the Military
Hertellingsgoord “Aardenburg” Doorn.

Soquel Highland / California:
Hans and Nancy Siersema

Los Gatos / California:
Phillippa and Philip Siersema

Campbell / California:
Mike and Marlene Siersema
Michael and Timmy

San Jose / California:
Nick and Priscilla Siersema

Boulder Creek / California:
Joy and Steve Gullicksen

Doorn, “Oranjestein”

Address for correspondence:
J. lith
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3941 TJ Doorn

The cremation has taken place.

1959: Wubbina Engellina Johanna Petronella Swalve dies

This is the death announcement for Wubbina Engellina Johanna Petronella Swalve, who died the 7th of March, 1959. As far as I can tell, her daughter, Helena de Wit, took care to use elegant stationary for important occasions, and this was no exception. Below, you will find scans of the announcement and thank you card that were mailed out, and a rough translation at the bottom of this post.

You may notice the initials are mixed up on the announcement. My only guess is that Helena was quite distressed when she sent them out, so that could have contributed to the typo.

Rough translations:

“Our gentle and calm, dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother has died

W.J.E.P. Swalve
Widow of D. de Wit,
At age 79 years

H.F. de Wit

Beverwijk, March 7, 1959
Vondellaan 64
Condolence address:
H.F. de Wit, Tolsteegsingel 37, Utrecht.

The deceased will be laid out in the funeral at Velserweg 18, Beverwijk. Visit from 3-4 and from 7 am to 7.30 am. The funeral will take place Wednesday, 11 March …”


“For the many condolences for the death of our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother

Mrs. W.E.J.P. de Wit-Swalve

we express our heartfelt thanks.

H.F. de Wit

Utrecht, April 1959”