10 januari 2013

De obituary van Blazina Wiskerke

10 januari 2013
In december afgelopen jaar toonde ik de obituary van Eisse Toonder. (Zie hier) Ook die van zijn vierde echtgenote Blazina Wiskerke heb ik gevonden.


Mother of the city treasurer dies

Mrs. C. Toonder, one of city's prominent Holland residents, died today.

Mrs. C. Toonder, one of the pioneerresidents of Kalamazoo, and one of the most prominent of the older Holland settlers of the city, died at 4 o'clock this morning at her home in West North street, following an illness of several months.

Mrs. Toonder, with her husband Isaac, came to this country from Holland in the early sixties, and since that time had lived almost continuously at the homestead in West North street. Mr. Toonder died 14 years ago.

The deceased is survived by the following sons and daughters: Henry Tooonder, Mrs. Gertrude Baart, Mrs. H.G. Garvin of Elden, Mo.; Mrs. M.C. Westrater of this city, and Frank of this city, and Mrs. Arch Sootma of Cressey. The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock from the house, Rev.  Mr. Steunenberg officiating. Burial will be at Riverside. Frank Toonder is the city treasurer.


In het krantenbericht staat dat Blazina met haar man Isaac naar de VS kwam in de zestiger jaren van de negentiende eeuw. it klopt niet. Isaac woonde namelijk al in de VS nadat hij in 1854 met zijn eerste vrouw en kinderen emigreerde. Isaac trouwde met Blazina, die zijn vierde vrouw was, op 14 september 1864 in Kalamazoo.

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