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Peter Jongsma, Jr
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Birth: Dec. 2, 1909
Losser Municipality
Overijssel, Netherlands
Death: Sep. 17, 1979
Lake County
Indiana, USA

He was born on December 2, 1909 as Pier Jongsma in the textile factory laborers village of Overdinkel, municipality Losser, province Overijssel, in the upper eastern part of the Netherlands, the third of five children and the first of two sons of the 28 years aged mason Pieter Jongsma and Metje Verbeek, named for his grandfather Pier Willems Jongsma. It's very likely that his father was laying bricks for new houses for the factory laborers in the booming textile industry in the very nearby German city of Gronau, which had the largest textile factories of Western Europe, established by the Dutchman Van Delden.

On 4 January 1905 Pier's uncle Willem Jongsma (25 y, carpenter) arrived on the SS Statendam from Sloten, Friesland at the port of New York, Ellis Island. His destination was the Dutch settlement Roseland, nowadays a southern district of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, where his brother-in-law Siebold Heidmeyer was residing. On 21 February 1907 Pier's grandfather Pier Jongsma (51, carpenter too), his grandmother Trijntje (48), their children and Pier's aunts and uncles Fietje (23, servant), Bouke (17, carpenter), Foppe (15, cartwright), Gijsbert (12), Siebrickje (9) en Aukje (7) arrived from Sloten on the SS Noordam at the port of New York, Ellis Island. Their destination was Munster, Lake County, south of Chicago, in the upper northwestern part of Indiana, where their son and Pier's uncle Willem Jongsma was already residing.

On 5 July 1910 Peter (0 y, birthplace Losser, Holland), his father Peter Jongsma (29, Sloten, mason), his mother Maatje (27, Lemmer), his sisters Kaatje Jongsma (5, Idskenhuizen, Holland) and Maatje Jongsma (3 y, birthplace Losser, Holland) arrived on the SS Potsdam at the port of New York, Ellis Island. Their last residence place in the Netherlands was Idskenhuizen [Friesland, Netherlands] and they were heading for Pier's grandfather Pier alias Peter Jongsma, who was residing already in Hammond, Lake County, in the upper northwestern part of Indiana.

In the 1920 Census Peter (10, Holland, immigrated in 1910), his father Peter Jongsma (38, Holland), his mother Maggie (37, Holland), his siblings Cathern Jongsma (14, Holland), Margaret (12, Holland), Fannie (8, Indiana), Clarence (6, Indiana) and his grandfather Peter Jongsma (66, Holland, immigrated in 1907) lived in North Township, Lake County, Indiana.

Peter Jongsma married first in 1934 to Marcile Jane Havling, born in May 1911 in Indiana, very probably in Lake County and not unlikely in Hammond, daughter of Orpha and Doll Havling, both born in Indiana too, about 1878 and 1879.

Peter and Marcile Jongsma had two daughters - Betty June and Janet Marcile.

In the April 1940 Census Peter Jangsma (30, Holland, mill right at a chemical company), his wife Marcile (28, Indiana), their daughters Betty June (6, Indiana) and Janet Marcile (2, Indiana) lived at a rented home at Ironer Street in Hammond, North Township, Lake County, Indiana. They lived in 1935 at the same place.

Peter and Marcile Jongsma divorced and in June 1946 Peter remarried to the five years younger Dorothy Evelyn Groat, born in April 1914 in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana, daughter of William John Groat, born in 1874 in Macy, Miami County, Indiana, and Eva Mary Chartier, born in 1875 in Saint Anne, Kankakee County, Illinois.

Peter and Dorothy had two daughters -- Royann Jongsma-Antal and Georgia Doreen.

His second wife Dorothy died in January 1979 in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana at the age of 64 years. Peter died eight months later, in September 1979, in Hammond too at the age of 69 years. Both died in their home at 909-176th Place, Hammond, Lake County, Indiana ... a home that Peter built for himself and his family in the early 1950s.

Peter Jongsma
Peter Jongsma, age 69, of Hammond passed away Monday, September 17, 1979 at his residence. Surviving are two daughters; Royann Antel (sic. Antal) of Hammond and Georgia Jongsma of Hammond; one granddaughter, Shelly; one sister, Catherine (Cornelius) DePorto of Lansing, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 19 1 p.m. at Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing. Rev. Johnny Colsten officiating. Burial will be at the Chapel Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Schererville, Indiana. Friends may call at the chapel Tuesday 2-5 and 7-10 p.m.

Mr. Jongsma had been a resident of Lansing (sic. Hammond) for the past 50 years and was a retired employee of the I.E. DuPont Company in East Chicago, Indiana.

Taken from the Hammond Times September 18, 1979 page 12
Family links: 
  Peter Jongsma (1881 - 1960)
  Metja "Madge" Verbeek Jongsma (1882 - 1944)
  Marcile Jane Havling Ziobrowski (1911 - 1975)
  Dorothy Evelyn Groat Jongsma (1914 - 1979)*
  Georgia Doreen Jongsma (1950 - 2013)*
  Catherine Agnes Jongsma DePorto (1905 - 1983)*
  Margaret Jongsma Van Heest (1907 - 1979)*
  Peter Jongsma (1909 - 1979)
  Fannie Jongsma Porter (1911 - 1959)*
  Clarence Jongsma (1913 - 1964)*
*Calculated relationship
Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens
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Indiana, USA
Created by: Shelly
Record added: Feb 21, 2009
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Peter Jongsma, Jr
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Peter Jongsma, Jr
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Peter Jongsma, Jr
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Happy Birthday Grandpa!!!!! I miss you so much and think about you often. Love you!!!!!
- Shelly
 Added: Dec. 2, 2015

- Kathy
 Added: Jan. 16, 2015

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