Category Archives: Obituary

Hendrik Doddema (1932-2009) – a tribute

written by his son, Aaldrik Doddema

My father was born (17-8-1932) in Muntendam and died in Muntendam (20-3-2009).

He started as a truck driver ( age 18 ) in my grandfather’s grocery’s, later he became a truck driver
for a factory in school furniture for 6 years. After that he was a bus driver for 26 years.
He was a husband, father off 4 sons ( nickname The Daltons ) and grandfather.

He liked to watch soccer and speed skating, talked a lot about his youth and he liked shanty-songs.
After my brother died in 1999 he was never the same man anymore.
In September 2009 my parents would be married for 50 years but he didn’t make it!!

I’d like to thank Aaldrik for contacting me and sharing this tribute of a wonderful man, Hendrik Doddema.

Maria Doddema (McGinty) (1925-2010)

Maria Doddema (McGinty) passed away on February 5, 2010.  Her daughter, Holly McGinty Kling provides the eulogy below:

February 17, 2010
Dear Mom
Current mood:  crushed
Category: Life

Dear Mom,

I’m certainly going to miss you.  I can’t believe you’re really gone.  You’ll always live in my heart and I’ll always have the memories. I will always have you in my life, you will be right beside me, even if I can’t see you.  I consider myself to be a lucky woman,  as I had your love for 55 years.  Some daughters aren’t that fortunate to have that love or to have their mothers as long as I did.  What gives me comfort is that you passed away knowing how much your two grown daughters loved you. You knew how much your only granddaughter loved you and how proud you were of her with her aspirations of being a nurse anestheist.  I’m glad that we were all by your side so you wouldn’t be scared. Damn this is so difficult to write when tears are blurring my vision.
For those of you who didn’t know my mom, let me tell you a little about her life. Continue reading

Pieter Doddema (1946-2009)

On 18 January 2009, Pieter Doddema, son of Pieter Doddema and Grietje Tonkens, passed away at age 62.  I’m awaiting more information from his daughter Dievertje when she feels up to it.  I don’t want to give too much detail without the families wishes.

I do want to say that Pieter Doddema was the one of the reasons that DoddemaGen got off the ground.  He was one of the first Doddema’s that contacted me about our shared genealogy (Dievertje and I are 5th cousins).  Within a day, my database grew by hundreds.  I not only had names and dates but images of the records.  He constantly was going to the archives to learn more about his ancestry, painstakingly translating records that were over a 100 years old.

He’s my genealogy hero and I’m sorry that he was taken from us so early in his life.  My deepest condolences to his family.  We grieve with thee.