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Jacob "Jake" Wardenaar, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 7, 1883
Amsterdam Municipality
Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Death: Jan. 17, 1953
Oak Harbor
Island County
Washington, USA

Married 1st ~ Johanna Elisabeth Dohé on 26 Sep 1907 at Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Married 2nd ~ Roeloffina (Terhorst) Berkhoff on 1 Sep 1944 at Oak Harbor, Island County, WA


Jacobus (Jake Sr.) brought with him to America his wife Elisabeth, sister-in-law Johanna Dohé, and his two young sons Jacobus (Jake, Jr) and Johannes A. (John). Arriving 25 Mar 1913 they spent a day being cleared at Ellis Island and stayed a short time with Elisabeth's cousins in New York City. 27 March 1913 Johanna Dohé was married to Wilhem Van Heest who had immigrated to America earlier. Johnna Dohé at 43 was a new bride, the wedding having been arranged by the Dohé and Van Heest families in Amsterdam.

Within a week they would be headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan to settle. While there two more sons were born, Henry and Albert. Johanna and Wilhem van Heest were in Grand Rapids as well where Wilhem van Heest passed away during the 1918 influenza epidemic.

Oldest son Jake Jr had severe health problems with asthma and doctors advised they move west. During the depression that followed WW I Jake Sr sold their home in Grand Rapids for much less than it was worth and in 1921 they settled in Oak Harbor, on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound of Washington state where many friends had already settled. Johanna Van Heest joined them later to help care for the four young boys.

Jake Sr bought a small farm, only 5 acres, and attempted to carve out a living for them but times continued to be tough. He had worked on the "Amgemeen Handelsblad" which was at the time the largest newspaper in the Netherlands and on the Grand Rapids Press as a sterotyper. He started working in the back shops of several newspapers in the area and spent summers working for the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the Seattle Times, the Aberdeen World, The Wenatchee World, and papers in Spokane, Wa., Moscow, Id., and Victoria, British Columbia. The two oldest Wardenaar boys took care of the farm while dad went off to work. They got by but had very lean times - one Christmas the boys gave their dad a box of matches wrapped up with a piece of kindling wood for a Christmas present.

All four of the boys started school in a one room school house which grew to a larger school as they progressed. They all graduated high school which was unusual for farm children of that time. Three of the boys would go on to college.

Elisabeth Wardenaar was a devoted wife and mother who taught her sons to love the Lord beyond all things. She had health issues herself for many years with asthma and diabetes in the day when no medications were available for the control of diabetes. She passed away in 1942. Jake Sr enjoyed his retirement years. He had remarried in 1944 to Roeloffina (Terhorst) Berkoff, also a native of the Netherlands and 22 May 1947 they took an extended holiday to the Netherlands. They would be there until 29 Oct 1947 when they returned from Rotterdam to New York on the "Nieuw Amsterdam". He was a talented carpenter and spent many enjoyable hours in his own work shop making such things as toy boxes for his grandchildren. He was in his work shop in 1953 when he passed away.


From the Whidbey News Times, December 1985

Wardenaar Gift Was a Box of Matches

The Wardenaar family came to Oak Harbor in 1921 with four boys who grew up here and attended school, Jake, John, Henry "Hank" and Albert. The twenties were not good years, according to John. His father had lost his savings in a bank failure in Grand Rapids, and he sold his home for less than he could have gotten just to get the money and come to Whidbey.

Their only Christmas gifts came from their Auntie Jo who had no children of her own, and remembered the four little boys out West.

John remembered one Christmas when the four bought a box of matches for a nickel, and with a stick of stovewood wrapped the best they could, presented it to their Dad!

Later, Mr Wardenaar found work for a number of months each year in Seattle at a city newspaper, and their fortunes improved. All the boys became farmers, Jake, John and Hank living in Oak Harbor, and Al in Mt Vernon.



Oak Harbor News

Oak Harbor, Washington, Thursday, January 22, 1953

J. Wardenaar Sr Dies Suddenly

The community was shocked and saddened this week to learn of the sudden death of Jacob Wardenaar Sr resident of Oak Harbor since 1921.

Death came about noon on Saturday, January 17 at his home where he was busy in his wood working shop. (actually he was on a ladder replacing a light fixture) He was 69 years of age.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2 PM January 21st at the First Reformed Church with the Reverand C. Hoekstra officiating. Mrs Bernard Riksen sang "Jesus , I Come" and "Glory For Me". Interment took place at the Maple Leaf Cemetery.

Jacob Wardenaar was born December 7, 1883 in The Netherlands, and was married to Johanna Elizabeth Dohe' on September 26, 1907. To this union were born four sons, Jacob Jr, and John of Oak Harbor, Henry of Seattle, and Albert of Mt Vernon.

The Wardenaars came to the United States from Amsterdam in 1913 and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1921 they moved to Oak Harbor where Mr Wardenaar made his home until the time of his death. He was preceded in death by Mrs Wardenaar who passed away February 28, 1942.

On September 1, 1944 Wardenaar married (the former Mrs Peter) Roeloffina Berkhoff, who survives.

Worked as Printer

During his life time Mr Wardenaar worked as a printer and farmer. He worked as a stereotyper for both the Seatte Post Intelligencer and the Seattle Times since 1927. He also enjoyed working with wood and spent much time in his workshop.

He was a member of the First Reformed Church and served for 35 years as a Sunday School teacher, and for many years as a consistory member. He will be remembered among his friends and associates as a fervent Christian who found great joy in serving the Lord.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, his four sons, six grandchildren, one brother Henry who lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; a sister in law, Mrs William VanHeest of Oak Harbor, a brother in law, H. Mensinga and niece, Jacoba Mensinger who also lives in Oak Harbor. Also a host of friends who will miss his friendship.

Family links: 
  Johanna Elisabeth Dohé Wardenaar (1878 - 1942)
  Roeloffina Berkhoff (1880 - 1953)
  Jacob Wardenaar (1909 - 1980)*
  John A. Wardenaar (1911 - 1989)*
  Henry Adam Wardenaar (1914 - 1958)*
*Calculated relationship
Maple Leaf Cemetery
Oak Harbor
Island County
Washington, USA
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Originally Created by: Clint Dunn
Record added: Jan 10, 2011
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Jacob Jake Wardenaar, Sr
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Jacob Jake Wardenaar, Sr
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Grandpa you were the greatest! I still have my toy box.
- NikB
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