John Hoitsma1

M, #316, b. 7 Nov 1891, d. 12 Feb 1972
     John Hoitsma was born on 7 November 1891 in Tietjerksteradeel, Friesland, Netherlands.1,2,3 He married Jennie Dykstra.1 John Hoitsma died on 12 February 1972 in Paramus, Bergen County, New Jersey, (Bergen Pines Hospital).1 He was buried on 15 February 1972 in Fair Lawn (Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery).1
     John Hoitsma immigrated in 1915.1 He and Jennie Hoitsma lived after 1945 in 488 Grove Street, Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey.1,4

His obituary appeared on 14 February 1972 in the Paterson Evening News
John Hoitsma, 80, of 438 Grove Street, died Saturday in Bergen Pines Hospital, after a long illness. Mr. Hoitsma was born in teh Netherlands and came to the US 57 yrs ago, settling in Paterson. He moved to Ridgewood 27 yrs ago. He was a retired baker, and was associated with the Hoitsma Bakery of Paterson. He was a former member of the U.T.Y. Society. Funeral Services will be at the Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Funeral Home, 131 Haledon Ave, Paterson, with the Rev. Lee. L. Kester of the Oradell Reformed Church officiating. Interment will be in Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Surviving, besides his wife, the former Jennie Dykstra, are two sons: Samuel of Upeer Saddle River and John of Franklin Lakes, two brothers: Louis of Mahwah and Stuart of the Netherlands, and two sisters: Miss Tillie of Wayne and Mrs. Coba Plantiga of the Netherlands and 2 grandchildren.1

His parents were Jan Hoitsma and Geertje van Gelder. Seven more children of this couple are born in Tietjerksteradeel, Friesland, and the names match the surviving brothers and sisters.5


  1. [S14] Pat. Eve. News, Feb 14, 1972, pg 29.
  2. [S24] SSDI.
  3. [S3] Genlias, Tietjerksteradeel Births : 1891 #A 379.
  4. [S27] Ridgwood Dir., 1946.
  5. [S3] Genlias, Tietjerksteradeel Births : 1886 - 1901.