Nellie VanOeveren LeynDyke

Author: Brenda Leyndyke / Labels: , , ,

Nellie (VanOeveren) LeynDyke and Peter LeynDyke, June 24 1950,
at their son James' wedding

Can you imagine being named the same name as your two deceased siblings?  Nellie VanOeveren was the third 'Nellie' in her family.  It's common for Dutch families to use the name again after someone dies.

Nellie VanOeveren was the fourth of eight children born to Abraham VanOeveren and Janna 'Jennie' Kosten VanOeveren.  She was born on 11 June 1896 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan.  Her siblings were:
  • Nellie (1886-)
  • Nellie (1888-1889)
  • Ada (1890-
  • Jeannie (1902-)
  • Abraham Jr. 'Bud' (1905-1987)
  • Lois (1911-1999)
  • Edward Russell 'Russ' (1915-1999)

Source:  Peter Lijndyk (LeynDyke) and Nellie VanOeveren Marriage Certificate, Citing marriage services on 1 January 1917; Family Papers; privately held by Brenda Leyndyke, [address for private use], Battle Creek, Michigan 49015, 2011. photocopy of original marriage certificate. Peter Leyndyke to his daughter, Betty Clark, to Brenda Leyndyke.

Nellie lived in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan until her marriage.  Nellie VanOeveren married Peter LeynDyke on 1 January 1917 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan.  Pete and Nellie lived in Flint, Genessee, Michigan until they retired to Florida. 

Nellie died 31 May 1994 in Bradenton, Manatee, Florida at the age of 97 years.  She is buried in Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton, Florida.


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