After sharing her life with us for 90 years, Moesje passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon July 7th, 2001, with her family at her side.
Born February 28, 1911 in Nieuw Dyk, The Netherlands to Theodora and Martinus Van Den Berg, she immigrated to the United States in November of 1956 with her husband and daughter, Ben and Johanna Huijzendveld. Salt Lake City became her home and she served her community for many years after starting Johanna's Rest Home and later assisting with the building of a new facility for the elderly, Johanna's Nursing Home. Her dedication to those in need of the special care so few can give helped the facility earn The Governor's Award for Excellence in Long Term Care awarded by Governor Scott Matheson in 1983. After her retirement she continued to live next door to Johanna's and often invited ladies into her garden for tea, or just to enjoy her geraniums.
Moesje was a unique woman. She had a strong spirit and a soft heart. Her patriotism was matched by few, her faith in God and her church never swayed. She taught many of us that hard work is healthy, that life is not all moonshine and roses, but to look for the sunshine behind the clouds.
So many of us will miss Moesje so much; her sister, Annie Rottger in The Netherlands; her daughter, Johanna Huijzendveld, of Heber City; granddaughter and her husband, Jim and Rosemarie Milligan; her great-grandchildren Megan and Maia Milligan; nieces Ann De Mers, Trudy Sharma, Dora Roberts and Truus Jensen of Salt Lake City; along with many other nieces and nephews in The Netherlands.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Moesje's life at a mass to be held Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 11 a.m. at The Cathedral of the Madeline, 331 E. South Temple.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Moesje's honor are appreciated.