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Afke Klooster

Afke Klooster

Female 1888 - 1982

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  • Name  Afke Klooster 
    Nickname  Effie 
    Born  5 Dec 1888  Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Female 
    Immigration  19 Apr 1904  Ellis Island, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • The record indicates that Geert Zwik, age 18, traveling with his cousin, Affien (Effie) Klooster, age 16, left Rotterdam on 9 April 1904 aboard the S.S. Nordam. They stated that their final destination was Falmouth, Michigan, they each had their tickets along with $5, and that they were going to join "Uncle J. Werkman, Falmouth, Mich." Effie's mother, Antje, had a sister Fennechien and a brother Jan. Fennechien had married Gerrit Zwik. It appears that Geert was born prior to the marriage; the same can be said for Effie. I cannot find any birth records for Effie or Geert in the Genlias database, perhaps because of their birth status. "Uncle" Jan Werkman had immigrated with his family in 1887. His death record confirms the relationship with Antje and Fennechien.

      Right above Geert and Effie is a "Geert Werkman", age 70 (born about 1834), from Oostwold, Groningen, Netherlands. He was also heading to Falmouth. I think this Afke's grandfather.
    _UID  F12F3EB1B6D8C847B140FB69B178F0708A04 
    Died  24 Nov 1982  Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • SMITTER - Mrs. Effie Smitter, aged 93, of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1982. She is survived by her family, Ann Smitter and Fred and Esther Smitter, all of Grand Rapids, Evelyn Molenkamp of North Blendon, Edna Smitter of Grand Rapids, Clarence and Grace Smitter of Bremerton, Wash., John Smitter of Comstock Park, Shirley and Edward Page of Wyoming, Mrs. Beatrice Smitter of Mountain View, Calif., 17 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Mrs. Smitter reposes at the Kuiper Funeral Home, 1311 Chicago Dr. SW, where Services and Committal will be held Saturday at 1:30 pm. Interment Oakhill Cemetery. Members of the family will be at the funeral home Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A service by DeVries-Kuiper-DeGraaf.
    Buried  27 Nov 1982  Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • The Reverend John Vander May presided over the memorial service held at Kuiper Funeral Home. Buried in Section M. From main entrance off Hall Street, take second left, second right, and right before road bends left, look right between Lamberts and Heckman.
    Smitter, Effie (nee Klooster)(1888-1982)
    Smitter, Effie (nee Klooster)(1888-1982)
    Effie Smitter
    1888-1982

    Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Smitter, Nicholas (1883-1937) and Afke 'Effie' (nee Klooster)(1888-1982)
    Smitter, Nicholas (1883-1937) and Afke "Effie" (nee Klooster)(1888-1982)
    Their headstones are side by side and to the right of their grandson, Walter M. Molenkamp III.

    Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Smitter, Nicholas (1883-1937) and wife Afke 'Effie' Klooster (1888-1982) and their grandson, Walter M. Molenkamp III (1939-1996)
    Smitter, Nicholas (1883-1937) and wife Afke "Effie" Klooster (1888-1982) and their grandson, Walter M. Molenkamp III (1939-1996)
    Walter III is on the left, grandmother Effie is in the center, and grandfather Nicholas is on the right. They are one row west of Walter's parents, Walter II and Evelyn Smitter.

    Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Smitter and Molenkamp Headstones in Oakhill Cemetery
    Smitter and Molenkamp Headstones in Oakhill Cemetery
    Smitter and Molenkamp Headstones in Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.
    Person ID  I1432  Page-Dumroese
    Last Modified  16 Mar 2013 

    Father  Freerk Klooster,   b. 28 Dec 1866, Beerta, Groningen, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1936, Beerta, Groningen, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Antje Werkman,   b. Abt 1865, Oostwold near Midwolda, Groningen, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1929, Beerta, Groningen, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Jun 1890  Beerta, Groningen, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F529  Group Sheet

    Family  Nicholas Smitter,   b. 12 Mar 1883, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1937, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Dec 1906  Arlene, Missaukee County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Reverend M.J. Marcusse officiated. The license shows that both were living in Caldwell Township. Nicholas was a farmer and Effie was a "domestic."
    Children 
     1. Katherine Smitter,   b. 2 Oct 1907, Caldwell Township, Missaukee County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1977, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Freerk Smitter,   b. 2 May 1909,   d. 15 Mar 1912, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Anna Smitter,   b. 9 Oct 1910, Arlene, Missaukee County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1986, Wright, Ottawa County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Frederick Smitter,   b. 14 Sep 1912, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1997, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Evelyn Mary Smitter,   b. 29 Apr 1914, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1996, Allendale, Ottawa County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Lambert Smitter,   b. 9 Jul 1916, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1978, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Edna Hermina Smitter,   b. 21 Sep 1918, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1991, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Clarence Harold Smitter,   b. 5 Aug 1921, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 2003, Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. John Harvey Smitter,   b. 28 Nov 1923, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 2002, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Living
    Family ID  F521  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Dec 1888 - Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 19 Apr 1904 - Ellis Island, New York, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Dec 1906 - Arlene, Missaukee County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Nov 1982 - Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 27 Nov 1982 - Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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    Ellis Island
    Ellis Island
    Ellis Island
    Smitter, Nicholas and Effie (Afke nee Klooster) Family
    Smitter, Nicholas and Effie (Afke nee Klooster) Family
    Nicholas and Effie (Afke nee Klooster) Smitter family. Standing L to R: Frederick, Anna, Evelyn Mary, Lambert, Catherine, and Edna Hermina. Seated L to R: John Harvey, Nicholas, Clarence "Claus" Harold, Effie (Afke). Circa 1926.
    Smitter, Effie (Klooster, Afke)
    Smitter, Effie (Klooster, Afke)
    Smitter, Effie (Klooster, Afke)
    Smitter, Edna, Effie, and Evelyn
    Smitter, Edna, Effie, and Evelyn
    Afke (Effie Klooster) Smitter and her daughters, Edna (left) and Evelyn (right)
    Smitter, Nicholas and Effie Klooster
    Smitter, Nicholas and Effie Klooster
    Smitter, Nicholas and Effie Klooster
    Smitter, Effie (Afke Klooster) and son Lambert Smitter
    Smitter, Effie (Afke Klooster) and son Lambert Smitter

  • Sources 
    1. [S271] Funeral Bulletin: Smitter, Effie (nee Klooster).

    2. [S332] New York Passtenger Lists, 1820-1957 (Ancestry), Year: 1904; Microfilm serial: 15; Microfilm roll: T715_448; Line: 11. Search = "Klooster, Affien".

    3. [S279] Newspaper: Grand Rapids Press, Friday, 26 November 1982, page 3D.

    4. [S279] Newspaper: Grand Rapids Press, Friday, 22 October 1937, page 42.

    5. [S303] Marriage License, Missaukee County, Michigan. Book 2, page 87, #86..