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================= LEONARD FAMILY TREE =================



{ see also :  'Corstiaan van der Groef , Kriena van Putten and their children , quite a remarkable and astonishing emigration story' }  

 

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 – 5/30/1945) , and  Adrianus van der Groef  = Andrew Vander Groef (7/26/1862 – 9/1/1946) -  they married in the Netherlands αnd 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 – 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. 

 

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 – 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 – 1923

Elsie came to the United States in February of 1919. 

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