OBITUARY: Gysberta "Berta" Boogaard Van Veenendaal |

OBITUARY: Gysberta "Berta" Boogaard Van Veenendaal

Dec. 31, 1918 – March 1, 2012

BERTA VAN VEENENDAAL, 93, passed away peacefully at home March 1, 2012 at her residence in Gardnerville, NV with her daughter and son-in-law by her side.

Berta was born in Den Helder, The Netherlands on December 31, 1918. Berta’s mother passed away when she was seven months old, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother and the extended Bonis family relatives. She only has fond memories of that time and said she had lots of “moms.”

In 1951, she came to the United States with her husband, Peter John Van Veenendaal and daughter, Christina. She lived in Salt Lake City, Utah until 1963 when the family moved to South Lake Tahoe, CA. Berta lived in Tahoe until 2009 when she moved to Gardnerville, NV to live with her daughter, Christina “Tina” and husband Jim Keegan.

She is survived by her daughter; her two grandchildren Peter and Christina Keegan; sister Ann Worthington of Utah; stepsister Joan Wright; and stepbrother Henry Boogaard, also from Utah, along with her sister-in-law Marta Van Veenendaal of The Netherlands. Her husband Peter John Van Veenendaal and stepbrother Andrew Boogaard preceded her in death.

“Oma” also enjoyed her extended Keegan family: Jim, Kathy, Phillip and their children.

Berta loved knitting, doing word search, going to the Senior Center and visiting with friends and family. She was exceptionally proud of her 2 grandchildren, Peter and Christina Keegan. Berta started every day with a smile on her face and a positive attitude.

Arrangements are in care of Fitz Henry’s. Memorial contributions can be made to The Douglas County Senior Center or the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center.

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