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Sebastian and Sietze (Vanderkooi) Struyk, Charles Vanderkooi, 6 South 49 West


In 1900 Paterson, New Jersey, "Sussie" Vanderkooi, born August 1885 in Holland, is with parents Charles Vanderkooi June 1849 and Mary August 1849, also born in Holland.
One tree said Sjoerdje "Susie" was born August 24, 1885 at Leeuwarderadeel, Friesland, Netherlands.

In 1905 Passaic, New Jersey, "Cebastin" Struyk is 19, Gustin 17, with parents Orie 54 and Wilamina 55.
(In 1920 Los Angeles, Arie Struyk is widowed, 69, immigrating in 1867, living with son Gustave 32 and his wife Belle 32 both born in New Jersey. Minnie 8 and Harry 4 were born in California.
Gustav died May 9, 1960, and is buried in Whittier, California # 121934758, with Belle dying January 17, 1959 # 121934740.
Susie Vanderkooi married Sebastian Struik in Bergen County in 1909.

Sadie Vanderkooi married Rudolf Libeur, also in 1909.
In 1910 Kit Carson County, Susie is 24, married one year to Sebastian Struyk 24 born in New Jersey.

Sietze claimed two quarters in 12, 6S 49W in 1915.
Sebastian claimed two quarters in 14, 6S 49W in 1913.

In 1914 Redlands, California, Sebastian (Susie) is a driver for City Market, living at 17 COlumbia.
His sister Lena )Struyk) Leest was in Redlands... She's buried there 1878-1950 # 33089373.

Sebastian is in Grand Rapids Michigan when registering for WWI, a student at Calvin College, with wife Susie.

In 1920 Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sebastian is a meat cutter, with Susie both 34. Susie said she immigrated in 1889, naturlaized in 1893. Harry Chrles is 8,k Marie 6, both born in Colorado. Her parents Charles and Marei Vanderkooi, both 70 are with them.

Susie, born August 24, 1885, died in Los Angeles County February 8, 1974.

Sebastian married Susan Vander Kooi on June 30, 1909 and died November 22, 1952 at age 67 in Los Angeles.

He had served in the Willard, Ohio church 1925-1934 and in Los Angeles 1934-1948, retiring 1948. He was ordained in 1925.

Sebastian, born September 19, 1885 in New Jersey, mother Verbrugge, died November 22, 1952 in Los Angeles County.

1937 Sandusky, Ohio " Mrs. Phoebe Struyk, who has been visiting at the home of lief Parents In Celeryville for the past month expects to, return to her home at Los Angeles Sept 20,"

Harry is in Los Angeles in 1940, with Phoebe, both 27, and they have Mary S. 1.
Phoebe born Dec 2, 1911 in Ohio, died July 29, 1998.

Harry, born May 23, 1911, died January 27, 2007.
Herman Charles Waetjen, born June 16, 1929 in Bremen, came to the U.S. in 1931 "Married Mary Suzanne Struyk, July 15, 1960. Children: Thomas (deceased), Thembisa, Elaine, David."
Mary Suzanne Struyk of Los Angeles married Herman Charles Waetjen on July 15, 1960.

On April 8, 1963 a daughter was born to Herman and Mary (Struyk) Waetjen at Marin General Hospital, California.

"Phoebe Struyk, RN, passed away July 29, 1998. She is survived by her husband, Harry Struyk; daughters, Mary (Herman) Waetjen, Helen Loughan; and son, Philip (Yolanda) Struyk; 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Marie Carlisle. Visitation will be Sunday, from llam-3pm at White's Funeral, 9903 Flower Street, Bellflower. Memorial Services will be Monday evening at Bethany Christian Reformed Church, 27046 Baby Avenue (at Park) in Bellflower beginning at 7pm.

"In San Anselmo, Jan. 8, 1964, Thomas Charles Waetjen, beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Waetjen, loving brother of Mary Ann W'aetjen, loving grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Struyk of Lomeratto, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Waetjen of New Jersey. A native of Los Angeles, aged 2'j years. Friends are invited to attend the funeral at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Jan. 10. at the First Presbyterian Church of San An- xselmo, Kensington Road, San Anselmo. Interment at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery. San Rafael."

When her sister Anna Wiers died in Ohio in 1967 "three brothers, John, Anco, Gerry Buurma, all of Celeryville; five sisters, Mrs. John Cok, Mrs. Nick Moll, both of Celeryville. and Mrs. Ralph DeVries Mrs John DeHaan, both of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Mrs. Harry Struyk, Los Angeles, Calif."

April 3, 1991 Sandusky, Ohio " Gerry 'Jack' Buurma Sr., 86, 4223 Ohio 103 South, Celeryville, died this morning in Mercy Hospital, Willard, after a brief illness. He was born in Celeryville in the same home in which he lived all his life. He was a retired partner in the Buurma Bros. Farm, Celeryville. He was the last son of one of the original settlers of the Celeryville Mucklands. He was a member of the Willard Christian Reformed Church, and a former member of the Church Council, serving for many years as secretary.
He is survived by his wife, Marie (Meyers) Buurma; one son, Gerry Buurma Jr., Celeryville; three daughters, Sherrill Meenen, Norwalk; Susan VanZoest, Celeryville; and Mrs. Paul (Mary) Kortenhoven, Sierra Leon, West Africa ; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Bea DeHaan and Grace DeVries, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Phoebe Struyk, La Mirada. Calif.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Charlotte (Meyers) Buurma, in 1956; his parents, Frank and Marie (Buis-kool) Buurma; three brothers, John, Henry and Anco Buurma; and three sisters, Hendricka Cok, Anne Wiers, and Jennie Moll"

One granddaughter of Sebastian was Ms. Susan Kirby, who donated a book of Sebastian's to the Armenian Student Organization at Fresno, California, in 1992.


In 1910 Bergen County, New Jersey, Charles J. Vanderkooi is a vegetable peddler, 38, with Jessie 30, Cornelius 10, Melje 7, John 5, Charles Jr. 3, and George six months.
They're next to Charles VanderKooi and Mary both 60. All the adults were born in Holland, the children in New Jersey.

Charles Vanderkooi, born September 28, 1872, registered for WWI in Kit Carson County.

In 1919, Charles Vanderkooi was treasurer of school District 16, with Ernest Elsey president, and W.M. Thorson of Vona as tsecretary.

In 1920 Kit Carson County, Charley is farming 47, Jessie 43, Cornelius 20, Mattie 18, John 15, Charley 13, and George 10.
Charles was appoined a notary public in 1922 and 1934 in Kit Carson County.

"Van Der Kooi, Charles, Farmer, Section 12, T. 6, R. 49, P. O. Vona. Mr. Van Der Kooi was born in Holland in 1872, settled in the County in 1910, and married Jessie Sikma. They have five children."

In 1930 Kit Carson County, Charles is farming. He immigrated in 1890, Jessie in 1893. George is 20, and they have a boarder Jay W. Conquest 21 born in Kansas, a school teacher.

Dick and Mattie Eggink with three kids are next to them.

Charles Van Der Kooi 1872-1964 is buried in Denver # 31564152, with Jessie 1876-1940 # 31564153.


Charles married Grace Clump/Klump. In 1940 they're in Denver, Charles working at Schwayder Brothers, 33, Grace, 30, owns a candy store.

Charles 1907-1976 is buried in Littleton, # 142565229, with Grace 1909 - 1997.

Grace's mother Margaret Klump 1878-1965 is buried in Littleton # 11250654. Her father Peter Jacob Klump arrive in New York in 1908, 23, a painter, headed for Fort Collins, Colorado.
Peter was naturlaliczed in 1910 Denver, married to Cbarje Dassed, born Oct 19, 1878 at Leewenherwold, Holland. They ha Ruth born 1908 in Holland, Grace July 1909, Dick July 1911, and Fanny April 1915 , all three born in Englewood.


Mattie VanDerKooi, 22, and Dick J. Eggink, 29, both of Vona, married there February 10, 1926. Witnesses were Antonie Eggink and Chas Van der Kooi.

Mattie (Van der Kooi) Eggink 1903-1983 is buried in Ripon, California # 15207154. So is Dick J. Eggink 1898-1977.


Cornelius registered for WWI in Kit Carson County, born August 31, 1899, with Charels as his relative.

Cornelius Vanderkooi and Helen D. Evers had Charles Robert Vanderkooi on December 14, 1927 in Chicago. Charles died March 1982.

Helen's father John Evers died in 1937 Chicago at age 76, mother Dena in 1951 at age 85.
John # 139537063, Dena # 139668294
In 1930 Cornelius is a mechanic in Chicago, with Helen 26 and Charles 2 born in Illinois.

Cornelius, born August 31, 1899 in Indiana? to Charles Vander Kooi and Jessie Sikma, died July 26, 1963 in Chicago. He was a mechanic, and was to be buried in Beverly cemetery.

Helen, born June 13, 1904, died November 13, 1996, last residence Cook County, Illinois.

In 1940 John is a bookkeeper in Denver, 35, with Esther 31 born in Illinois. They have Esther J. 1. Bot were in the same place in 1935.
In 1964 John is an accountant for the Martin Company. He and Estehr live at 1810 S. Clarkson. Walter W. Vanderkooy and Eleanor live at 1807 S. Clarkson. Walter is a sn auto parts salesman. Jessie M. is a sturdent at 187739 S. Corona.
Charles Vanderkooi is a mill worker at Shwayder Bros, living at 1739 S. Corona with Grace.

John Vanderkooi 1905-1989 is buried in Littleton, Colorado # 18880905 "son of Charles Van der Kooi and Jessie Sikma"
So is Esther J. Vanderkooi 1908-1994 # 142565257.


In 1940 George is a minister in Sioux City, Iowa, 30, with Elizabeth 25 born in Illinois. They have Ronalde 2 born in Iowa.

George was the pastor of the Milford Community CHurch in Kalamazoo from 195-1957.
He was ordained in 1939, served in Sioux City Iowa 1939-1943, in the military 1943-1946, in Muskegon Michigan 1946-1953 and at Kalamazoo State Hospital 1957-1967.

In 1959 George and Elizabeth are in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He's a chaplain at Kalamazoo State Hospital. Ronald C. is living with them, a student.
So is Annette M. VanderKooi.

Klaas Vanderkooi, born August 27, 1874, registered for WWI in Kit Carson County.

One rural school near Seibert was called the "Vanderkoy" school.


Construction and landscape industry consultant Charles Vander Kooi died earlier this month of a heart attack while on a business trip. He was 68. (Update 4/12/16): A memorial service for Vander Kooi will be held at 1 p.m., April 25, at the Evergreen Memorial, 266 North Turkey Creek Rd., Evergreen, Colo., 80439, according to the HardScape Magazine Facebook page. Vander Kooi, a former construction estimator and executive, was principal of Vander Kooi & Associates, based in Littleton, Colo. He is known for being a speaker, author and founder of HardScape magazine. He's survived by his wife, Hazel, and two daughters. Services and memorial details are not yet available. Over several decades of consulting, Vander Kooi presented more than 2,000 seminars to construction and landscape professionals and worked with more than 1,500 companies to improve their estimating/bidding systems, according to his website. He was a regular presenter at state association meetings and national events, such as Hardscape North America. One of his hallmarks was teaching the multiple overhead recovery system for budgeting. His former colleague and one-time client Jerry Gaeta called him a forerunner of consultants in the landscape and construction industries. "I look at Charles Vander Kooi as my mentor and a very close friend," he said. "He's done a lot to help a lot of people, he was a very generous man who loved his family and loved the landscape and construction industries." Mark Borst, president of Borst Landscape & Design in Allendale, N.J., was a client of Vander Kooi's and has been a part-time associate at Vander Kooi & Associates for a decade. "For me, personally, I would not be where I am today without the knowledge Charles Vander Kooi shared with me," he said. "He's the one who helped me understand business and build the financial structure within my company." Industry members also knew Vander Kooi for his energetic and passionate speaking style, Gaeta said. "He never stood behind a podium and he always teased the front row and picked out a 'Billy Bob,' he said. "If your name was Billy you were toast."
In 1920 Jamestown Michigan, Alice Van Der Kooi is 13, born in Colorado, living with uncle John Vander Kooi 52 and Alice 44.


1963 Hull Iowa "Herman Vander Vliet family have recently moved into the place they bought from Mrs. Will Vander Kooi."
Arie Struyk was also mentioned in that newspaper issue.
Arie Struyk of Franklin Lakes New Jersey married Ann Sonderfan on April 26, 1922.


John VanderKooi, aged 86, went to be with his Lord, April 12, 2012. He is survived by his children, Connie (David) Theule and Donna (Bob) Lay; grandchildren, Melissa Wilkins, David Theule II, Cynthia (Patrick) Lally, Amanda (Mark) Smith, Eric (Marisa) Lay and Heather Lay; 17 great grandchildren and his siblings, Stuart (Grace) Vander-Kooi and sister-in-law Jo, and in the Netherlands, Dicktus, Doetje and Marieke.

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