Obituary of Pieter van Schaik |

Obituary of Pieter van Schaik

Pieter van Schaik

Services for Pieter van Schaik will take place Monday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at, Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City, CA. 95959, with food, refreshments and acelebration his life after at Word-A-Live Church 10582 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA. 95946

Pieter was born in 1921, to Alida and Cornelus van Schaik in Rotterdam, Holland. He was one of 10 children which came through the great depression.

He met the love of his life, Veronica, in a concentration work camp in Germany during World War II. She was taken from her home in 1939 in Poland and him in Holland in 1941.

They met in 1944, managed to communicate and were married on July 3, 1945, in Huist, Austria, when the war was over. It was the first stop for her to immigrate to Holland.

They loved their families in Holland very much. When talk of war stirred up in 1957 in Europe and not wanting to go through another war, they immigrated to the United States in 1959 with their two children, Maria van Schaik Sanborn and Jan van Schaik, arriving in New Jersey in 1959. They settled in Syracuse, N.Y., and later relocated to Southern California, in 1961.

Pieter retired from Western Airlines and moved to Grass Valley to be close to family where they were very active in their church. He was a senior adult minister at Bethel church.

They loved God, their children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Later they moved to Roseville, Calif.

His wonderful wife, Veronica, passed away seven years ago. After a fall on August 2012, Pieter became paralyzed, but he did not let that rob him of his joy. He always smiled, never complained, and loved living his life.

He even sang his favorite song’s up until he passed away peacefully after a long and healthy life. He is now in the presence of the Lord, dancing with the angels and reunited with those loved ones that have gone before him.

Surviving family members are brother Cor Van Schaik; daughter Maria Sanborn; son-in-law Frederick Sanborn; son Jan van Schaik; daughter-in-law Margo van Schaik; granddaughters, Sonya Sanborn and Sherri Speights; grandson Alex van Schaik; great-granddaughter Lindsey Papola; and many nieces and nephews in Holland and Poland.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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