PILLAGER -- Henriette Gaalswyk, rural Pillager, died Sunday, April 10, 2005, at her home. Services will be Friday, April 15, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church with the Rev. Dan Werthman and the Rev. Dwight Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Brenny Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Pillager. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Bible Society.
Henriette was born Dec. 29, 1924, in Arnhem, the Netherlands, daughter of Frederic and Hendrika (Schreurs) Scholten. Henriette's mother died when she was 14. She studied music and acquired her voice training during the German invasion and occupation during World War II in the Netherlands. Following the liberation she received a scholarship to Valparaiso University in Indiana, graduating with a degree in music. Her father and grandmother passed away while she was at Valparaiso.
She met her husband Peter in southern Minnesota while visiting with a friend. They were united in marriage on April 2, 1950. They farmed in southern Minnesota until the fall of 1953 when they moved to May Township where they farmed. Henriette was a full-time mother, homemaker and taught piano lessons. She was a vocalist at many public events, a member of First Presbyterian Church and then Lakewood Evangelical Free Church, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary and the PTA. She volunteered at church, taught Bible school, and served on the Housing and Redevelopment Authority board. She enjoyed music, reading, traveling and crocheting afghans.
Henriette is survived by her children, Cora Jean (Jerry) Leenheer, Golden, Colo., Lois (Dean) Kasperson, Willmar, Audrey (Michael Tuminello) Gaalswyk, Fred (Donna) Gaalswyk, Rock Valley, Iowa, Neal (Kathy) Gaalswyk, East Gull Lake, John Gaalswyk, Walker, Don (Bev) Gaalswyk, Pillager, Lawrence Gaalswyk, Minneapolis; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; special nephew, Dave (Jennifer) Gaalswyk, Brainerd; and a sister, Mies Mensink, Arnhem, the Netherlands. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; infant daughter, Hendrika; daughter, Nancy; parents; and sister, Frida.
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