Beverly van Alderwerelt |

Beverly van Alderwerelt

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date for Beverly Grace (Dobbyn) van Alderwerelt. After courageously struggling with Alzheimer’s disease for many years, Mrs. van Alderwerelt passed away peacefully June 16 at Highgate Senior Living in Grass Valley. She was 77.

Mrs. van Alderwerelt was born July 22, 1929 to William Cecil and Amy Grace (Davis) Dobbyn in San Francisco. She grew up in Redwood City, where, in 1947, she graduated from Sequoia High School. She attended San Mateo College before moving to New York City in 1949. In New York, she attended Queens College and graduated from Katharine Gibbs School in 1951. After graduating, she worked as a secretary for Architectural Forum, a division of Time, Inc.

In late 1952, Mrs. van Alderwerelt met her future husband, Daniel van Alderwerelt, in New York. The couple was married in Greenwich, Conn. Nov. 21, 1953. In 1959, the family moved to California where they lived in San Carlos until 1997, then in Roseville until 2004, and finally in Grass Valley.

While in San Carlos, Mrs. van Alderwerelt was a member of the American Contract Bridge League and became a very accomplished duplicate bridge player. She also enjoyed playing golf on many Bay Area courses as well as at the Lake Almanor Country Club, where the family had a summer home for many years. Mrs. van Alderwerelt enjoyed traveling to Europe several times, where she met many of her husband’s relatives in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. Travel highlights in the 1980s and ’90s included numerous cruises to the Caribbean islands, Mexico and Alaska.

Mrs. van Alderwerelt is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Daniel van Alderwerelt, of Grass Valley; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Melvin Loomis, of Everett, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Eleanor van Alderwerelt, of West Linn, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and John Pellizzer, of Grass Valley; and four grandchildren: Karsten, Brennan and Marleigh van Alderwerelt and Schuylar Pellizzer.

Arrangements are under the direction of Neptune Society.

Friends are encouraged to donate, in the name of Beverly van Alderwerelt, to Hospice of the Foothills, 2399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945 ( or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 530 Bercut Drive, Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95814 (

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