Geertje “Gertrude” Knooihuizen

Geertje “Gertrude” Knooihuizen

Geertje “Gertrude” Knooihuizen of Oshtemo, Michigan, passed away Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Sojourner House in Kalamazoo.

She was born April 10, 1917 in Groningen, Netherlands, the daughter of Arnold and Jantina (Oving) Woldhuis.  In 1942 she married Remburtus Knooihuizen in the Netherlands who passed away in 1985. Geertje loved to garden, sew and crochet and had made all of her own clothes and bed spreads.

Surviving are her children, Pete (Loie) Knooihuizen of West Olive, Jantina A.L. (Duane) Williams of Jenison, Anne (Gerrit) Kalkman of Kalamazoo, Arnolda (James) Baker of Caledonia, Hilda (Gerrit) terBorg of Codrington, Canada, Bert (Pam) Knooihuizen of Plainwell and Henry (Sandy) Knooihuizen of Otsego; 23 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and one brother, Ginus (Geertje) Woldhuis of the Netherlands.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; 4 brothers from Australia, 3 brothers and 1 sister from the Netherlands and one brother from the US.

Friends may visit with Geertje’s family Monday, January 12, 2015 starting at 10:00 A.M. to the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Pastor Mark Heijerman officiating.

Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Geertje may be made to Martin Reformed Church.

Messages of condolence may be posted at

Print Obituary & Condolences Print Obituary & Condolences

Offer Condolence for the family of Geertje “Gertrude” Knooihuizen

Messages of Condolence

  1. Tom &Gerda Deryk nee Woldhuis says:

    Our deepest condolences from Tom & Gerda Geert Wolduis daughter & husband from Australia.
    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

  2. Kathi Fuss says:

    My thoughts go out to you all, Sandy!

  3. Arnold Jacob en Corry Woldhuis says:

    Dear family;

    From a distance, Hoogezand, Groningen, the Netherlands
    Arnold Jacob Woldhuis, son of Jakob Woldhuis, died in 1945

    Our deepest condolences to all of you. We got your message via my sister, Lucy, well known..
    Our thoughts go out to all of you.
    But it is a blessing, to have your mother for such a long time
    And you have still all those memories…

    Arnold and Corry

  4. Sheila Morton says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you peace and comfort.

  5. Mary Ellen Riggs says:

    Bert, Pam, and Family,

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. My Prayers are with you at the sad time.

    Mary Ellen Riggs

  6. Phyllis Smith says:

    I am blessed to have known you Mother, here at Sojourner Place.
    Although she could not talk to me she could show her affection & appreciation for me in other ways. I think she knew I cared about her.
    I pray for you. Phyllis

  7. Wendy Schippers says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Geertje was very special to me and I loved her. I am so grateful to have known her and you. You were and are a wonderful daughter, one that I know your mother appreciated and was so very proud of.

    Wendy Schippers

Please share your thoughts ...

  • How do I send condolences?

    At the bottom of this page, you will find a condolence form. You will need to fill out some basic information prior to typing your message. (We will not share your e-mail address with anyone)

    Once you are finished, simply click the submit condolence button. Within 24 hours the condolence will be approved before it is published to the web site.

    We also provide a Tell-A-Friend feature located directly below these instructions. This form allows you to send the obituary to a friend. This is particularly helpful to someone who may live out of town.

  • Share This Obituary

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.