Anna <I>Gibson</I> Lewis

Anna Gibson Lewis

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Death 31 Aug 2000 (aged 63)
Scotts, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Burial Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 91187300 · View Source
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Cause of Death: Homicide. (Along with her parents)

Anna's life began January 18, 1937 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her father and step mother were Marinus and Sary Polderman and her mother was Anna Kooima, she attended Portage Agricultural School. Anna worked many years at Sears and originally went there to run their sewing school. She later sold appliances at Sears and received many awards including one year being named # 1 salesperson for large appliances for Sears in the country. After retirement she took classes to do flower arranging at Wedel's [nursery] and later worked at Flipse Flowers. She then worked at Upjohn Nursing Home as a scheduler. Anna was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Portage. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, flower and vegetable gardening. Anna was an excellent cook and made many wonderful meals and treats for her family. She was known as being a compassionate person who was very family oriented and especially found great joy in her grandchildren. On May 2, 1975 she married Fred [Frederick] J. Lewis. Her family also includes four children and their spouses who are Bill and Sue Gipson, Karen and Jay Wilcox, Tom and Teresa Gipson, and Cheryl and Todd Edlund; two stepchildren, Rhonda and Kevin; a brother and his wife Neil and Delores Polderman; 11 grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren. Anna died Thursday, August 31, 2000. Her parents died the same day. Friends may spend time with the family on Tuesday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Portage Chapel, Lovers Lane at Milham. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday at 3:00 PM at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Portage with Rev. Carl Hausermann speaking. Anna will be buried at Boughton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Please share a memory of Anna with the family at the chapel or online at"

Kalamazoo Gazette Article: Mar. 28, 2007:

The 3 victims were killed on August 31, 2000 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan between 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Killed were Marinus Polderman, 93 years old, his wife Sary Polderman, 91 years old, and their daughter 63 year old Ann Gipson-Lewis.

It is believed that a robbery was in progress when Ann Lewis stopped by her parents house to drop off groceries and have coffee with them, when she came upon the robber(s). All three victims were bludgeoned to death in the Polderman home.

Detectives believe the family was killed between 2:30pm and 3:30pm. Multiple weapons were used leading investigators to theorize that there was more than one attacker. Trace evidence has been sent to the Lab but no suspects have come from those results. Although it was rumored that Marinus kept large sums of money in his home instead of in a bank, Police are not positive the motive was robbery because not much was disturbed or taken from the home. Money was left in the drawers and the victims jewelry was not taken.

Police believe the robber(s) confronted Marinus Polderman in his garage. Their struggle moved into the house and it is believed that Marinus was dragged into the basement. Sary was believed to be killed in the basement with a baseball bat and then slashed with a knife. The baseball bat used was the couples that they kept in the kitchen for security. Ann Lewis was killed with a heavy metal object with a nut attached to the end of it. She had also been stabbed. All three victims throats had been slashed. Before leaving the scene the killer(s) turned the air conditioner down to 40 and locked the door behind him (them).

What is known to have been taken from the home was a .22 caliber scope-less Glenfield 20 model rifle, boltaction with a distinctive stock. It has hash marks carved in the crook of the stock as well as a carved likeness of a squirrel perched on it's hind legs and holding an acorn, and Sary Polderman's black purse. A machete knife used to cut flowers was also missing. There is a $20,000 reward involved.

*UPDATE: 5 suspects have been charged and convicted of the murders. 3 men and 2 women.
Jerome "Joe" Williams, 31, Benjamin Platt, 21, Andrew Miller, 24, Angela McConnell, 17, and Brandy Jo Miller, 19, the sister of Andrew Miller. (Ages are at the time of the murders)

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 91187300
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anna Gibson Lewis (18 Jan 1937–31 Aug 2000), Find a Grave Memorial no. 91187300, citing Boughton Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by BWA (contributor 47594878) .