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 Antje Pieters “Anna” <I>Andringa</I> Ketellapper

Antje Pieters “Anna” Andringa Ketellapper

Sint Annaparochie, Het Bildt Municipality, Friesland, Netherlands
Death 23 Jan 1974 (aged 77)
Morris Plains, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Sint Jacobiparochie, Het Bildt Municipality, Friesland, Netherlands
Memorial ID 102872294 · View Source
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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.

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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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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Antje Pieters “Anna” Andringa Ketellapper (13 Aug 1896–23 Jan 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102872294, citing Sint Jacobiparochie General Cemetery, Sint Jacobiparochie, Het Bildt Municipality, Friesland, Netherlands ; Maintained by andringa (contributor 47639294) .