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Antje Pieters "Anna" Andringa Ketellapper
Birth: Aug. 13, 1896
Sint Annaparochie
Het Bildt Municipality
Friesland, Netherlands
Death: Jan. 23, 1974
Morris Plains
Morris County
New Jersey, USA

My Paternal Grandmother:
Anna was the 4th child & daughter of nine born to Pieter Ydes Andringa (1863-1927) & Trijntje Dirks Gorter (1868-1941). When Whooping Cough (pertussis) took her three older sisters and a younger brother, she became the oldest when she was age 18. Her family was Gereformeerd (Orthodox Reformed) and most likely belonged to the Kerk in St. Anna. Rembrandt was married in the 17th century in the church that had previously stood in that location.

She worked as a housekeeper for her Tantje(Aunt) Hiltje Andringa Buurstra until she married around age 30. She lost her father when she was age 31, her mother when she was 45 and her husband to cancer when she was 46. After he died, the family was assigned government housing, and she worked cleaning for others. She saved enough money for her and her 2 sons to emigrate in 1948 when she was age 51 aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam to New Jersey where they stayed with her younger brother, Dirk, their sponsor.

Because she spoke "Bildts," a dialect of Het Bildt in northernmost Holland, it was often difficult for even other immigrants from The Netherlands to understand her. She was a hard worker and for the remainder of her life, she continued to do housekeeping for others although she was never able to master English.

She will always be remembered as a friendly, outgoing woman who dearly loved her sons and her grandchildren, and for the personal sacrifice she made so that her sons could have a better life. After she died her ashes were brought back to The Netherlands by her eldest son and were buried in her husband's grave. 
Family links: 
  Pieter Ydes Andringa (1863 - 1927)
  Trijntje Dirks Gorter Andringa (1868 - 1941)
  Jochem Ketellapper (1898 - 1943)
  Peter Ketellapper Kessler (1932 - 2003)*
  Antje Pieters Andringa Ketellapper (1896 - 1974)
  Siebrigje Pieters Andringa Prosje (1899 - 1970)*
  Yde Pieters Andringa (1900 - 1975)*
  Dirk Pieters Andringa (1903 - 1990)*
*Calculated relationship
RUSTPLAATS van onze lieve ouders (Resting Place of our dear parents)
Jochem Ketellapper
* 19_2_1898 + 14_9_1943
Antje Andringa
* 13_8_1896 + 23_1_1974
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Het Bildt (St. Jacobiparochie) General Cemetery
Sint Jacobiparochie
Het Bildt Municipality
Friesland, Netherlands
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Record added: Dec 31, 2012
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Antje Pieters Anna <i>Andringa</i> Ketellapper
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Antje Pieters Anna <i>Andringa</i> Ketellapper
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Antje Pieters Anna <i>Andringa</i> Ketellapper
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Mrs.Antje Pieters "Anna" Andringa Ketellapper
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Feb. 4, 2017

- Alex P. Reed
 Added: Nov. 16, 2016
Beautiful pictures. WOW. What a difficult yet amazing life.!!! God bless and keep your descendants. English is one of the hardest languages to learn. She did so much with all the odds against her. RIP.
- Nora Garner
 Added: Oct. 7, 2016
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