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<>><<>><<>><<>><<> CORSTIAAN (USA)



 

CORSTIAAN VAN DER GROEF , KRIENA VAN PUTTEN  AND THEIR CHILDREN     

a somewhat remarkable and astonishing emigration story .........

 

Part 1  :     the Dutch years ,  living in poverty ...  

CORSTIAAN VAN DER GROEF  was the fourth child of his father  ADRIANUS VAN DER GROEF ,  and Corstiaan was the only child born within the second marriage of his father with  JANNETJE STRUIS .

Corstiaan came into the Dutch world on January 4th 1838 in the village of Dirksland on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee , in a period of time in which circumstances in life were far from ideal , if not terribly bad .....

Corstiaan , protestant of faith , became a (field-)worker halfway the 19th century , so about his financial situation we certainly don't need to have any illusions :  day in day out , year in year out , it must have been hard up in his life ....

Corstiaan had one lucky strike though : he didn't have to join the army  -  and bear in mind : service lasted for nothing less than five years in those days ....  Corstiaan didn't need to serve , not because of some fysical defect or so , but simply because he was drawn for the army .

Now Corstiaan had the opportunity to marry and settle fairly soon in his life , and so he did :  when he was 23 years old Corstiaan said yes on April 26 , 1861 in his birth- and dwelling-place Dirksland , to  KRIENA VAN PUTTEN ,  like Corstiaan belonging to the Dutch Protestant Church (N.H.) ,  born on March 12 , 1838 in the very tiny place of Herkingen , also on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee  and not so far away from Dirksland .  Like Corstaan Kriena earned her bread as a labourer .

How poor and miserable conditions of life still were for a lot of people in the Netherlands in the 19th century can be illustrated as follows :  in 1861 , the year of the marriage , the average weekly wages for regular workmen were merely 6 guilders  -  and yet the average wages of labourers in the years to come wouldn't rise but even go down up to the end of the 19th century .....

It certainly doesn't come as a surprise to know that many fellow-countrymen and -women , thousands of them actually , in the course of the 19th century , would take refuge so to speak in an other country , in the United States of America , the country of unlimited opportunities and of hopefully much better chances in life  -  and indeed that's what Corstiaan and Kriena after their marriage would decide to do , but at first no less than   t e n  children would see their first light on Dutch soil ..... so we cannot say that the decision to emigrate was made rather instantly after their marriage .......

Knowing that all of the ten children were born in the same place , the village of Dirksland , one might jump to the conclusion that Corstiaan , Kriena and their growing family lived a kind of stay-at-home life on Dutch soil , but then one couldn't be more wrong ....

Looking for work , for better and regular work with higher income , Corstiaan and his family must have gone from one place to an other :  from Dirksland to Melissant , from Melissant back to Dirksland , from Dirksland back again to Melissant ...... and later they were found living for some time in Sommelsdijk , Nieuwe-Tonge and finally in the neighbour village of Oude-Tonge , and all the time possibly rather desperately trying to hold their heads up .....

Not only on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee Corstiaan tried to find a suitable job :  in the year 1876 Corstiaan in the company of his wife Kriena and his oldest son Adrianus stayed for a period of eight months far outside the island , all the way in the Haarlemmermeer , in the province of Noord-Holland , where in those days a huge polder was drained  -  hard and tough work that must have been .

But after eight months Corstiaan , Kriena and Adrianus were back again on the so well known island of Goeree-Overflakkee , and what would life bring them now ???

From the day of their marriage Corstiaan and Kriena had , as 18 years had passed , been blessed with the coming of ten children , but unfortunately two of these children had alreday died during their years of childhood .  So after the birth of the tenth child the family of Corstiaan consisted of ten persons :  mother , father and eight children , who were all now on the threshold of a new , special , challenging and at the same time also somewhat frightening emigration adventure ............    

 

 

Part 2 :     the decision years ...

#   ADRIANUS VAN DER GROEF  was the first born child of father Corstiaan van der Groef  and mother Kriena van Putten .

The course of life of this son would turn out to be rather exeptional -  notably one day in his life must have been both special and unforgettable ....

Adrianus was born more than a year after the marriage of his parents , on July 26 , 1862 in the village of Dirksland , the same village where not only Adrianus but also all of his brothers and sisters to come would see the light of day .

Without having much choice , if any ..., in choosing a suitable profession , Adrianus became , like his father , grandfather , great-grandfather ...., workman of profession , and when he was 23 years old Adrianus would say yes to  LENA VAN DER VELDE ,  born on February 19 , 1860 in the small place of Herkingen , labourer/maid-servant of profession , daughter of  HERMAN VAN DER VELDE  and of  LENA RIEDIJK .

Adrianus and his family lived in different places on the island :  Nieuwe-Tonge , Herkingen , Oude-Tonge .

A year after their marriage the couple had a daughter ,  KRIJNA VAN DER GROEF ,  born on April 17th 1887 in Nieuwe-Tonge (certificate nr. 16) .

And then we discovered a strange thing .....:  we found out that there also must have been a son named  HERMAN VAN DER GROEF ,  who should have been born on March 21st 1887 in Paterson , Passaic , N.J. , USA .....

Obvious biological reasons prevent a woman giving birth to two babies within a period of five weeks in two different countries thousands of miles away from eachother ..... and this most certainly can not be disputed ....!

But what did happen then ??

We know  - since the register tells us that  -  that Adrianus (or Adrian in the USA)  must have emigrated  t w i c e   in his lifetime to the USA  ;  the second time in the year 1890 (on May 30th) and the first time in the year 1888 , so shortly after the birth of his first child .

So somewhere in the late eighties of the 19th century , Adrianus , together with his wife Lena and with his then just born daughter Krijna must have emigrated to North America , and there , in the place Paterson , a son named Herman (in all likelihood named after the father of Lena , Herman van der Velde) was born , but most certainly not on March 21 , 1887 of course ..... finally we discovered that Herman in reality died a year later : on April 10 , 1888 in Passaic , County Paterson , and that must have been just three weeks after his birth on March 21 , 1888 .

    Since the birth of son Herman profound events and changes took place within the lives of Adrianus and within the lives of all of his close relatives :  we know for sure that some time after the birth and the very early demise of Herman , Adrianus and Lena already returned to the Netherlands with their daughter Krijna . But why did the family go back to Holland then ?

The cause of their return may have been the already possibly bad and deteriorating health situation of Lena , since soon after their return in Holland , Lena passed away on February 4th 1889 in Oude-Tonge , and that was just two weeks before her 29th birthday ...

 

        Adrianus was the one year older brother of  STINA VAN DER GROEF .  Stina was married in the year 1889 in Sommelsdijk to  LEENDERT VAN DER WEKKE , and they had settled in Dirksland .

The fourth child born within the family of Corstiaan and Kriena was baptized  MAGCHELINA VAN DER GROEF , she was labourer/maid-servant of profession .  Magchelina married  MARINUS HANENBERG  in the year 1888 and one year later , on the for them historic date of February 15th 1889 , the married couple emigrated to the United States , so from that moment on the family of Corstiaan consisted of  n i n e  persons living on Dutch soil ....

Marinus and Magchelina (Maggie/Madline) Hanenberg lived in the City of Passaic and had eight children by 1920 - William, Trina, Christopher, Jennie, Lena, Andrew, Michael, Albert, and Marinus Jr.  Marinus was a mason contractor. 

JANNETJE VAN DER GROEF  was the two years younger sister of Magchelina .  Like her sister Magchelina  Jannetje found work on the island as a labourer/maid-servant ,  like her sister Magchelina  Jannetje would marry in the year 1888  (to  JOHANNES HOKKE) , and like her sister Magchelina  Jannetje would emigrate to North America  -  that event took place on February 15 , 1890 , so to the day (!) one year after her sister Magchelina had emigrated to the States (Jannetje emigrated in 1890 together with her husband and together with her just born son  KLAAS HOKKE) .

According to the US censuses, John and Jennie Hokke had three children as of 1910 - Nicholas (in US Navy aboard the USS Idaho), Trina, and Christopher.  Jennie had 3 of 5 children living in 1910.  John was a life insurance agent living in City of Passaic, Passaic Co., NJ. 

And from that moment on Corstiaan's family consisted of  e i g h t  persons who were still living on Dutch island soil ..... but not for a long time ....

May 30th 1890 must (beyond any reasonable doubt ) have been the most exceptional and most memorable day not only in the life of son Adrianus , but also in the lives of father Corstiaan , mother Kriena 芍nd in that of their children ...

When he woke up that day  -   and that must have been a very early rise ... -  Adrianus should have realised that that specific  (hopefully very beautiful) day in springtime truly marked a new starting point in his existence as a mature man (and he wasn't any older yet than 27 years back in 1890) :  Adrianus had emigrated to America , but he had come back ,  he had been married , but he had lost his wife within three years ,  and now , in the early moments of May 30th 1890 , Adrianus was bound to say yes again to a woman in his Dutch residence of Oude-Tonge  :  JOHANNA BRUINSE ,  born on March 21 , 1866 in Oude-Tonge , daughter of  HENDRIK BRUINSE  and of  CORNELIA GEBRAAD  , labourer by profession , who would become Adrianus' bride that unforgettable day in the month of May .

> Andrew Vander Groef and spouse Johanna Bruinse

Johanna Bruinse was already mother of a son :  HENDRIK BRUINSE .  At the time Hendrik still was a baby of just a few months  -  Johanna had given birth to him as an unmarried mother on January 17th 1890 in Oude-Tonge  [ the birthcertificate of Hendrik says , in Dutch :  'moederzoon , onechtgeboren kind van Johanna Bruinse' ] .

But since that day , May 30th 1890 , Hendrik Bruinse very officially became :  HENDRIK VAN DER GROEF .

Though it may have been love that had been the attraction force between Adrianus and Johanna , this marriage undoubtedly was a practical one , very much in their mutual interest :  Johanna had found a father now for her son and Adrianus had found a woman who could take care of his daughter Krijna who , in the year 1890 , still wasn't any older than three years .

But there was something else , something else with far-reaching consequences for the entire family that took place that same day :  on May 30th 1890 Adrianus and his young bride Johanna , together with their children Hendrik and Krijna , and in the company of both the parents of Adrianus , 52-years old Corstiaan and 51-years old Kriena van Putten , 芍nd in addition in the company of his brother  MACHIEL VAN DER GROEF ,  his sister  MARINA VAN DER GROEF ,  his brother  CORSTIAAN VAN DER GROEF  and his youngest sister  LEENTJE VAN DER GROEF ....... all left Oude-Tonge , left Goeree-Overflakkee , left Holland and emigrated towards that huge country at the other side of the ocean , the land of all those unlimited possibilities .... 

     Two other sisters of Adrianus , Magchelina and Jannetje , had already emigrated with their husbands a short time before , but how about their sister Stina .....??

When May 30 had made room for May 31, 1890 , there was just one close relative still living on the Dutch island :  STINA VAN DER GROEF ,  born on August 26 , 1863 in Dirksland , who , a year before , on March 29 , 1889 , had been married in Sommelsdijk to  LEENDERT VAN DER WEKKE ,  born on December 24 , 1863 in Dirksland .

One may suppose and assume that when Stina heard the news about the coming emigration of her family , she and her husband did consider the possibility to emigrate for themselves as well , and then they must have decided n車t to do so .....and they kept on living on the island and continued living their long lives ....since Stina would pass away on February 22 , 1954 in her hometown Dirksland  at the age of 90 , and her husband Leendert must even have reached a higher age   -   but had Stina since that memorable day of May 30 , 1890 , ever , if only at one single occasion , seen her parents and brothers and sisters again .....???  

 

For a brand new episode in their lives , a challenging and at the same time rather uncertain one , Adrianus and his familymembers were shipped now from Holland to the United States of America ...

 

 

Part 3 :     living in the United States ,  the final years ........

 #  Corstiaan , Kriena , Adrianus , Krijna , Johanna , Hendrik , Machiel , Marina , Corstiaan jr. and Leentje van der Groef  reached the shore of the American Continent , set foot on American soil and all became American citizens under the 'new' familyname of  Vandergroef , VanderGroef , Vander Groef or Van Der Groef ..... and Corstiaan became Christopher or Christian , Adrianus became Adrian or Andrew , Hendrik became Henry and Machiel became Michael .

We already knew that when Adrian married for the second time , he already was the father of Krijna and that his wife Johanna already had a baby , named Henry , but in the United States the married couple did get some children together as well , about  t e n .... who were mostly living (later) in the area of Clifton , N.J. .

These children would finally loose their mother on a special day :  May 30th 1945 , exactly 55 years after they , still completely unaware what kind of future would lay ahead of them , had left Holland and had been shipped to America .   On May 30 , 1945 the life of Johanna Bruinse came to an end , after having reached the age of 79 .

The obituary of Johanna Bruinse states that she had 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren at the time of her death .

More than a year later also the life of her husband , the father of all the children , Adrian(us)/Andrew Van Der Groef came to a final end   -  Andrew had reached the high age of 85  -  he passed away on the first day of September in the year 1946 .

Looking back on all the events that had taken place during Andrew's lifetime , we may conclude that his life hadn't been all too easy , most certainly not during his life as a young adult , but we may also conclude that the course of his life had been both remarkable and astonishing and even rather unique .... 

 

In the year 1945 eight of the children of Andrew and Johanna were still alive  -  they were :

>  TRINA VANDER GROEF  (married to John Grunsta) of Clifton , N.J.

>  HENRY VANDER GROEF  of Clifton , N.J. 

This must be  Hendrik Bruinse , child born out of wedlock of Johanna Bruinse ,  who became Hendrik van der Groef when Johanna married Adrianus/Andrew van der Groef ,  and who must have become Henry Vander Groef the moment he set foot on American soil .   

Henry used to live in Passaic (and in Clifton) -  he passed away in the month of July in the year 1976 (and that was in a very memorable year and month for 芍ll Americans citizens ...)  -  Henry had reached the age of 86  -  his last place of residence was Irvington , Essex , New Jersey .  Henry must have been married to a woman (that's for sure ..) , with the firstname of Lena ; unknown is whether or not this couple had any children . 

>  CHRISTINE VANDER GROEF  (married to Benjamin Koenig Sr.) of Clifton , N.J. 

> Christina and husband Koenig

 

>  CHRISTIAN VANDER GROEF  (married to Florence) of Clifton , N.J.

>  ALICE VANDER GROEF  (married to James Abner) of Clifton , N.J.

>  LEONARD VANDER GROEF  (married to Elsie Alma Dorpfeld) of Passaic , N.J.

Leonard was born on the second of January in 1901  -  he served in the United States Army at the Panama Canal from 1920 until 1923  -  he married Elsie Alma Dorpfeld on March 12 , 1926 and in the years to come they had , fully in line with Leonard's parents , about  t e n  children ....

Both Leonard and Elsie have passed away , they were both buried in Laural Grove Memorial Park in Totowa , New Jersey , leaving behind a considerable amount of descendants .......  

 

Leonard Vander Groef    Family History

Descendants of Leonard Vander Groef  and Elsie Alma Dorpfeld

 

>>   The parents of Leonard Vander Groef were : Johanna Bruinse (3/21/1866 每 5/30/1945) , and  Adrianus van der Groef  = Andrew Vander Groef (7/26/1862 每 9/1/1946) -  they married in the Netherlands , they emigrated from the Netherlands to the US on May 30 , 1890 , and they must have arrived in the US several weeks later .  

 

They had 11 children. Eight of them were alive in 1945:

Trina Vander Groef  , (John) Grunsta of Clifton, NJ

Henry Vander Groef  ,  of Clifton, NJ

Christine Vander Groef , (Benjamin) Koenig Sr. of Clifton, NJ

Christian Vander Groef , married to Florence of Clifton, NJ

Alice Vander Groef , (James) Abner of Clifton, NJ

Leonard Vander Groef , married to Elsie of Passaic, NJ (see further information below)

Michael Vander Groef , of Nutley/Woodbridge, NJ

Cornelia Vander Groef , (George) Genthon of San Diego, CA

 

The obituary of Johanna Bruinse states that she had 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren at the time of her death.

 

Leonard Vander Groef married Elsie Alma Dorpfeld on March 12, 1926

  (1/02/1901  -5/30/75)                           (3/9/1905 - 3/13/77)

They had 11 children:

Andrew Leonard Vander Groef  6/7/26 - 6/9/26

Bertha Alma Vander Groef   10/14/27 - 8/??/96

Johanna Lenora Vander Groef   3/27/30 - 1/18/99

Andrew Leonard Vander Groef   5/24/31 - 8/10/31

Little Girl 每 born dead 5/3/33

Andrew Leonard Vander Groef   6/22/34 - 8/8/2005

Corrine Elsie Vander Groef   5/6/37

Christine Helen Vander Groef   1/20/39 - 2001

Leonard Otto Vander Groef   5/1/42

Alan James Vander Groef   9/4/47

Another little girl was born and died 

NOTE: Leonard and Elsie had 3 sons named Andrew Leonard  -  the third born Andrew Leonard was the only one to have lived . 

 

Bertha Alma Vander Groef  married Abraham Kievit on 9/17/49. They had 4 children:

Lois married Ralph Pontier and had 5 children and eight grandchildren (2011) and are currently (2011 , for the last three years) , living in Canada where Ralph Pontier pastors a church  -  they hope to return to the USA eventually : Grace Ann 3/19/74 (married and has 5 children), Ralph Andrew (no birthdate). 

David Abraham 9/28/55 married Dot ??? no children.

Susan Alice 7/31/57 married twice. Has 4 children.

Kenneth A. 1/25/64 married Sue and divorced. No children.

 

Johanna Lenora (Anne) Vander Groef  (the name she was born with was Anna Lenore , and this was only known until she passed away) . Married  Robert Arthur DuHaime on 9/15/47 and had 6 children. Later married Robert Lansing Bessel 9/25/66.   1 daughter Lynne Bessell  9/1/65 who married James Byrne on 7/13/00, 1 son Dylan James Byrne 3/17/2002.
 

The six children of Anna and Robert Arthur DuHaime :


1.  Robert DuHaime 7/23/48.  He first married Jennine Falko and had Janet Lee DuHaime, she married Daniel Rosenblatt.   Janet has 2 children Benjamin & Caden.  Later he married Evelyn ....., they had 3 kids : Eric,  Erin (possibly father of a little child)  and Robert. 
 
2.  Francy Lynne   9/16/50  married Edward Gustav Huk  1971 they have 2 kids:


        1)  Edward Van 11/4/74 married Melanie Renee Hammock  on 11/4/98 & on 3/6/99 (one was a civil wedding the other the full fledged wedding) , son Edward Alexander born October 12, 2003.

 
        2)  Marlee Lynne born 11/26/79 engaged to marry Marc Jacquette on 10/14/2006.
 
3.  Susan Anne DuHaime 10/7/53 married John Kinney about 20 years ago. Had 1 daughter born Francy Lenore DuHaime was given up for adoption. Later they found each other she was renamed Anne Elizabeth when adopted. She had one daughter Lindsey and is expecting another one.
 
4.  Joan Elsa DuHaime 5/5/56 married Joseph Masuch July of 1974, they had 4 kids. The first little girl was  still born and then she lost another at about 19 days old , then came 
        1.  Leslie Anne 3/30/77 married 2 kids Vanessa & Devin expecting another (it's a girl)
        2.  Christina Dyan  7/15/90 engaged to marry in Sept. 2006.
 
5.  James Andrew DuHaime 1/22/52  married Debra Lee Mattoon married in 1970 (?) ,  4 kids :
        1.  Christopher James born 12/25/71 married Sharon ..... ,  1 son Zakery born 2/8/00 (?).
        2.  Andrew James born 2/14/73 married Amelia ...... Had daughter before meeting Amelia named Haley DuHaime .
        3.  James Andrew born 12/26/74 , not married yet
        4.  Johanna Lee 3/6/76 engaged to marry this October.
 
6.  Van DuHaime 7/6/60 married Judy Nick, 2 kids Catherine Jean born December 13 1986 (?) and Daniel Van (?) not sure of the middle name born April 23, 1990.
 

 

Andrew Leonard Vander Groef  (born in 1934 and died on Monday 8/8/2005) married Margot Elisabeth Schoch on July 2, 1959 in Clifton, NJ. Margot was born 10/12/36 in Altobendorf, Germany and came to America in 1953 (?). Margot died on January 7, 2005.

They have 3 children:

1) Donna Marie Vander Groef  11/18/60 married Jim Ellman in September 1988. They have 3 children: Sara Nicole 9/27/89, Laura Ashley 11/9/90, Andrew Thomas 8/11/93.

2) Andrea Lynne Vander Groef  6/22/63 married William Michael Barrett and have 2 daughters: Vaness(a) Leigh 6/2/87 and Linsey Noel 11/2/89.

3) Kim Elise Vander Groef  6/24/65 married Richard Wayne Campbell on 10/15/94 and have 3 children: Kacie Elizabeth 8/14/96, Hunter Jacob 12/28/97 and Jamie Maines 12/20/01.

Andrew served in the Korean War and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery during a mission. 

"Vander Groef had harrowing experience" :

(by Gwenn Welch , Neighbors Feature Correspondent)

> Andrew Vander Groef joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 . 'The Korean War was going on' , Vander Groef said . 'I was 17 and felt I had to do something for my country' . He was sent to gunnery school before he got his orders to go to Korea . 'I joined the Air Force because I wanted to be in the air , not on the ground' , he said , 'and I got my wish' .

Staged in Yokoda , Japan , Vander Groef flew 30 missions on a B-29 . One mission he will never forget . After a bombing run he checked the rear bomb bay , and found three live bombs and a cluster of photo flash bombs still there . After notifying the pilot of his find , the plane was depressurized to 60 degreees below zero .

When the doors were opened to let the bombs go , one got caught . Unable to position himself to get where he needed to be , he took off his parachute . 'There I was , doors opened , colder than blazes , one person trying to release a live bomb before it blew us up' . Vander Groef does not know to this day what gave him the strength he needed . He forcefully lifted one end of the bomb to get it clear . It tumbled away with the others . When the photo flash cluster went off he realized it was just as well he had not been able to see the ground until after the feat was accomplished .

During the debriefing after the mission with all the other reports they had to give , the incident was forgotten . It was only a couple of years ago that Vander Groef received his Distinguished Flyijng Cross award , through the efforts of U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns' office .

When Vander Groef returned to the States he was sent to Roswell , N.M. , part of a training crew on a B-50 . Vander Groef was supposed to stay there a year , but he really wanted to go back to Japan .

He finally received orders to report to the Far East Air Force Command , not in Japan , but in Pusan , Korea . There he flew on the B-26 , doing reconnaissance missions . His outfit was disbanded , and he was sent back to Japan .

Vander Goef returned to the States in 1955 . 'It took me 26 days to get back . After all those years of flyijng , they sent me back on a boat ! We ran into a typhoon on top of it'. After his discharge Vander Groef worked as a Sheriff Lieutenant in Morris County , N.J. for 15 years and retired on disability after an accident .

Vander Groef married his wife Margo in 1959 . They have three daughters and eight grandchildren . In his spare time Vander Groef loves to do research on his computer . In addition to the DFC award , Vander Groef was also awarded the Air Medal with clusters .

 

Obituary :

Andrew L. VanderGroef
CHESTER, Va.
Published on 08/10/2005.

CHESTER, Va. - Andrew Leonard VanderGroef, a native of Clifton, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, at Chippenham Medical Center in Richmond, Va. He was 71.

A. U.S. Air Force veteran, Mr. VanderGroef served in the Korean War as a fire control gunner on the B-29 aircraft, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He was the son of the late Leonard and Elsie Alma Dorpfeld VanderGroef and the widower of Margot Elisabeth VanderGroef.

He is survived by three daughters, Donna Ellman of Canedensis, Pa., Andrea Barrett of Chester, Va., and Kim Campbell of King George, Va.; two brothers, Leonard VanderGroef of Toms River, Pa., and Alan VanderGroef of Hopatcong; and a sister, Trina Lenahan of Manasquan.

Also surviving are his grandchildren, Andrew Ellman, Hunter (McDuff) Campbell, Vanessa Barrett, Sara Ellman, Linsey Barrett, Laura Ellman, Kacie Campbell and Jamie Campbell.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on Sept. 29, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Crater Community Hospice, 840 West Roslyn Road, Colonial Heights, Va. 23834.

The Colonial Heights chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements

 

Both Andrew Leonard Vander Groef and his wife Margot Elisabeth Schoch were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetry on Thursday September 29 , 2005

 

  The first picture is a picture of the guards carrying the urn and the ceremonial flag to the pavilion where the service will be held.  The second one is while the Chaplain is giving his speech and the guard unfolded the flag and held it over the urn before refolding it and presenting it to daughter Donna Marie Vander Groef .  The last picture is the Unity Urn that was purchased when Margot had died.  There was a 21 gun salute and a buglar played Taps  -  heartwrenching ... 

 

 

 

Corrine Elsie Vander Groef  ( 'Aunt Dee' ; she was born Corrine but a few months later her name was changed to Trina) married Raymond Petrisin and had 2 daughters:

1) Cynthia Lou Petrisin 3/10/60 married Gregory (Gregg) Telep on 1/19/80 (divorced) and had 2 daughters:   a) Amy Catherine and  b) Allison Courtney .

        a)  Amy Catherine born 11/9/81.   Amy married Brendan McAvoy on 7/15/01, their son is Aidan Michael ,  born 2/1/03 and their daughter Emily "Corin" (not sure of that spelling) will be born on 8/9/05.

        b)  Allison Courtney 8/19/84

 
2) Doreen Ann Petrisin 3/10/64 married James (Jim) Fiebel 10/21/89.  Their 3 children are:
 
1.  Jillian Kimberly 4/21/93
2.  Matthew James 10/15/96
3.  Jaymie Nicole 10/12/98

 

Corrine and Raymond divorced and Corrine married 2 more times. Once to a man named Denny Lenahan (divorced) and then to his brother Frank Lenahan who died in October of 2004.

Christine Helen Vander Groef  ('Aunt Babe') married a man named Raymond DeVries on 4/13/57. They have 2 children Dianne Christine 9/8/58 and Raymond L. 10/9/60. They lived in Azusa, California.

 

Leonard Otto Vander Groef  married Celia M. Baron on 9/18/65.  Celia was born in 1942/43 and passed away on Monday 4/10/2006.

They have 2 daughters:

1)  Dawn Lenora Vander Groef  11/9/72 married Lawrence Weindorf in May 2005 , state of Virginia ;  they currently (2007) live in Hackettstown , N.J. ;  Dawn has a step-son named Lawrence , who is six years old (2007) .  

2)  Denise Renee Vander Groef  married Stephen C.M. Caruth  inWoodcliff Lake , N.J.  [Woodcliff Manor]  ;  their hometown is Hackettstown , N.J. (2007)  ;  Denise has a step-daughter who was born March 31st 1993 , named  Maura Beth Caruth .

 

Obituary of Cecelia Baron :

Celia M. Vander Groef
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP
Published on 04/11/2006.

BERKELEY TWP. - Celia M. Vander Groef died on Monday, April 10, 2006, at Community Medical Center. She was 63.

She was born in Paterson and was a resident of Holiday City south section of Berkeley Township for less than one year, having previously lived in Succasunna for many years.

She was a mental health aide for Mental Health Associates in Morris County for several years.

She was a member of the Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church, Manchester, as well as a member of the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI).

Survivors include her husband, Leonard Vander Groef of Toms River; her two daughters, Dawn Weindorf, and Denise Caruth; her three grandchildren; her two brothers, Stanfred Baron, and George Baron; and her two sisters, Corene Garvey, and Shirley Koshgarian.

The funeral service will be on Thursday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 26 Mule Road, Toms River. Entombment will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.

Hours of visitation will be on Wednesday, April 12, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mrs. Vander Groef's memory to the National Association for Mental Illness, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, N.J. 08902. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

 

 

Alan James Vander Groef  married Rosemary in 1973 (?) . They are divorced. They have 3 children:

1) Michelle Lenore Vander Groef  4/12/74 married and has 2 children 每 Lauren and Jacob .

2) Theresa Elsie Vander Groef  is married and has 2 daughters .

3) Michael Vander Groef  is currently in the Air Force stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

 

Leonard Vander Groef served in the United States Army at the Panama Canal from 1920 每 1923

Elsie came to the United States in February of 1919. 

They are buried in Laurel Grove Memorial Park in Totowa, New Jersey.


 

>  MICHAEL VANDER GROEF  of Nutley/Woodbridge , N.J.

 

>  CORNELIA VANDER GROEF  (married to George Genthon) of San Diego , CA    

 

#   Adrianus or Andrew Van Der Groef was the first but by no means only child of father Corstiaan and mother Kriena who had emigrated to the United States .  So , what can we tell about the course of life of all those other children since the moment they arrived in America ??

Here is what we found out about them , in a family-nutshell so to speak ..... :

~  MAGCHELINA VANDER GROEF  :  she had been the first of the children to permanently settle down in North America together with her husband MARINUS HANENBERG  in the year 1889   -  her name is found on a long list with names of American immigrants and we assume that Magchelina passed away in the USA before the year 1956 .

( > Marinus Hanenberg was the son of Jan Hanenberg and Jannetje Bolluit , the grandson of Marinus Hanenberg and Elizabeth Looman and the great-grandson of Jan Hanenberg and Maria van Duuren)

 

~  JANNETJE VANDER GROEF  had emigrated with her husband  JOHANNES HOKKE  and her son  KLAAS HOKKE  to North America on February 15 , 1890 , and also Jannetje is presumed to have passed away before the year 1956 in America .

~  MACHIEL/MICHAEL VANDER GROEF  must have married shortly after his arrival in the States in 1890 , since we came to know that Michael was married to  ADRIAANTJE N.N.  and that their (probably) first born child , 'KUYNA' (=  , in all likelihood , 1)  KRIJNA) VANDER GROEF , was born on April 7 , 1895 in Passaic City , Passaic , N.J. - Krijna/Kuyna probably already died in her (very early) childhood years . After this child at least six more children were born : 2) KRIJNA (2) VANDER GROEF , who later married RICHARD MOSELEY ; 3) BASTIAAN VANDER GROEF , who married CAROLYN N.N. , and who had at least one son : RONALD VANDER GROEF , born in 1933 - Ronald married EMMARIA NICHOLAS ('DIMPLES') - Ron and Emmar had at least one son : BRUCE PAUL VANDER GROEF

SCHENECTADY GAZETTE - Jan 28 , 1982

VanDerGroef Services Set For Tomorrow

WRIGHT > Ronald VanDerGroef , 48 of RD 1 Delanson , died unexpectedly yesterday at his home .

He was born in Clifton , N.J. and was a supervisor with WTEN in Albany , where he worked for the past 24 years .

Surviving are his wife , Emmaria Nicholas VanDerGroef ; a son , Bruce VanDerGroef of Schenectady ; his mother Mrs. Carolyn VanDerGroef of Wright ; and several aunts .

A funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Warner Funeral Home , Main St. , Schoharie , by the Rev. Victor Schoenberger of St. Joseph's Church , Schoharie .

Calling hours will be 7-8 p.m. tomorrow .

Burial will be in Gallupville Cemetery in the spring .

 

THE DAILY GAZETTE - Dec 27 , 2001

'Dimples' VanderGroef

GALLUPVILLE > Mrs. Emmaria 'Dimples' VanderGroef , 64 of Route 146 , died Saturday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a short illness .

Born in Mobile , Ala. , Mrs. VanderGroef lived in Schenectady before moving to Route 146 in 1971 . She was a graduate of Catholic High School in Mobile .

She was a nurse's aide for the Schenectady Visiting Nurses from 1985 until 1990 .

Mrs. VanderGroef was a communicant of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church , Schoharie .

She was a member of the NAACP and the Schoharie 50 Plus Club .

Her husband , Ronald VanderGroef , whom she married in 1964 , died in 1982 .

Survivors include a son , Bruce VanderGroef of Delanson .

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church , Main Street , Schoharie . Calling hours will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Langan Funeral Home , 227 Main St. , Schoharie .

Burial will be in Gallupville Rural Cemetery .

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church , P.O. Box 514 , Schoharie , NY 12157 , or to the NAACP .

 

> Bruce VanDerGroef, a volunteer from the Schenectady Boys Club, helps Jean Taylor "fly" over the gymnastics horse during an exercise exercise in 1979. VanDerGroef and other youngsters volunteered to give childrens programs a boost.

 

 

4) CINIE/TINY/TYNEE VANDER GROEF ; 5) LINA/LANA VANDER GROEF ; 6) LAURINA/LORA VANDER GROEF  , who must have married twice : to N.N. FANNING and to N.N. WALLERSTEIN ; 7) JEANETTE(JIANETTE) VANDER GROEF , who also married twice : to JOSEPH L. BELMONT and to ARTHUR L. WOOD .

 

~  MARINA (1) VANDER GROEF  : Marina (1) was born in Dirksland on Goeree-Overflakkee (July 16 , 1873) and already passed away one year later (August 25 , 1874) 

~  MARINA (2) VANDER GROEF  :  when Marina arrived in America she was just 14 years of age , but nevertheless just about two years later she was already married to  HENDRIK PLOKHOOY ,  like Marina of Dutch descent and like Marina born and raised on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee  -  the couple had  f i v e children .

After the early death of her husband , Marina would remarry (to a man named GARRY KNIGHT) , but , as far as we know , no further children were born of this second marriage of Marina .  

Marina , once born on December 10th 1875 in Dirksland , Holland , should have passed away 芍fter the year 1955 , and thus she must have reached a high age in America . 

 

~  CORSTIAAN VANDER GROEF  , the youngest son of father Corstiaan and mother Kriena , who was named Christopher or Christian in his new homeland , was born on June 10th 1878 in Dirksland , Holland .

In the year 1910 Christopher was married to  MARY ANNA VANGULICK ,  also born in the Netherlands .

Within a period of 12 years the married couple had  t h r e e  children , a daughter and two sons .

Most of their lives the family spent in Paterson , Passaic , N.J. , but familylife didn't last very long for Mary Anna unfortunately :  Mary Anna VanGulick passed away in the year 1927 , just 44 years of age .

In his laborious years Christopher must have worked at about everything , from the textile mills to driving a coal wagon .

Since the early death of his wife , Christopher had never remarried  -  he finally passed away on January 11th 1956 at the age of 77 , leaving behind at least six grandchildren  -  and nowadays there must be about ten great-grandchildren and even one or two great-great-grandchildren , being the very young and very vivid present offspring of Christopher and Mary Anna VanderGroef .

# the three children of Corstiaan and Mary Anna VanGulick :

1) HESTER VANDER GROEF , married twice ; to N.N. VROOM and to WILLIAM HERZOG . 

2) CHRISTIAN/CHRISTOPHER VANDER GROEF  , married and had four children :

a) CHRISTIAN J. VANDER GROEF , married to LINDA A. GENOVESE - they have two sons :  I)  CHRISTIAN J. VANDER GROEF , married JENNIFER (JEN) D. HAEBERLE (they have at least one daughter : TAYLOR NICOLE VANDER GROEF) ; II) SCOTT VANDER GROEF  

Christian J. Vander Groef , Jennifer Haeberle and daughter Taylor  

 

Taylor Vandergroef

Taylor Vandergroef anno 2010 

 

b) THOMAS C. VANDER GROEF , married PHYLLIS N.N. - the couple got two children :  1)  GORDON T. VANDER GROEF and  2)  AMY B. VANDER GROEF , who married N.N. SNOWDEN . 

c) CHARLES VANDER GROEF , married twice and got two daughters : 1) TRICIA VANDER GROEF and   2) BRITTNEY VANDER GROEF .

d) LUCILLE VANDER GROEF .

3) NELUS ABRAHAM VANDER GROEF  , was married to GLORIA ROSE BIANCHI - Neil and Gloria got two children :  1) NEIL VANDER GROEF , who married ROBIN LYNN WHIPPLE - they are the parents of daughter  MELISSA KIRSTEN VANDER GROEF  and  2) LORRAINE VANDER GROEF , who married DENNIS TELLER  -  Lorraine and Dennis have three children .

 

In Memoriam - Obituary : 

Gloria Vander Groef

> Funeral services were Monday for Gloria Vander Groef (born : Gloria Rose Bianchi , July 10 , 1927) who died December 1 , 1983 at home.

Mrs. Vander Groef lived in Passaic before moving to Wallington , Bergen , N.J. 17 years ago.

She was a parishioner of Most Sacred _ Heart of Jesus R.C. Church.

She is survived by her husband, Nelus; a son Neil of Andover; a daughter, Mrs. Dennis Teller of Hopatcong; her father , Joseph Bianchi of Fairlawn; her maternal grandmother, Sophie Wondusky of Lodi; and four grandchildren.

Services were held Monday at the Wozniak Home for Funerals .

 

IN MEMORIAM / OBITUARY :

 

~  LEENTJE VANDER GROEF  was the Benjamin within the family of Corstiaan and Kriena  -  she was born on December 15th 1880 in Dirksland , Holland and at the age of nine Leentje had also gone from Holland to the United States , but the sequel of her then still young life at the other side of the Atlantic Ocean is unknown to us .

 

    Father Corstiaan and mother Kriena will have departed their lives in their new fatherland by the end of the 19th or somewhere within the first decades of the 20th century .  Emigrating to an unknown and to such a different country , thousands of miles away from Goeree-Overflakkee , must have been a big risk for them to take , not knowing what to expect in that huge unfamiliar country , which in the year of 1890 had already become the new homeland for numerous men , women and children from Holland , and not in the least for those who had been born and raised on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee .   Let us hope that Corstiaan , Kriena and their children all have had a good , healthy and prosperous life in that new country in that New World with all of its promising horizons .........