OBITUARY

Cornelis Hoogendam

November 13, 1933June 12, 2019
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Cornelis Hoogendam, known to his friends and family as “Cory,” passed away peacefully on June 12, 2019, at the age of 85. He was surrounded by family and friends, but most importantly by his side was Helen – his wife of 56 years.

Born to a farming family in Osdoorp, Holland, on November 13, 1933, Cory was one of twelve children. Cory absorbed the values of his parents, such as love of family, integrity, kindness, fairness, and entrepreneurship. Cory also grew to love the United States because, in his mind, Americans helped to free all of Europe in World War II, including the liberation of occupied Holland.

Cory attended a vocational high school in Holland and worked as an auto mechanic. He eventually moved to Canada where his brother had immigrated several years before. He then moved to Austin, Texas to study mechanical engineering at The University of Texas. Working his way through school at an automobile repair shop, Cory graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1963. His first job out of college was with Mission Manufacturers in Houston whose President agreed to sponsor Cory’s citizenship process.

Shortly after moving to Houston, Cory went to a Catholic Young Adults Group Party, where he met Helen Marie Rigamonti, whom he married on June 1, 1963. Cory was so proud of Helen and celebrated their 56 years of marriage with several anniversary parties over the years attended by friends and family. He wanted everyone to stay until the end of the celebration.

Cory never forgot his dad’s farm in Holland and always wanted to start his own business. In 1965, Cory read a book on real estate, and he and Helen decided to start a company by buying apartments. Their first apartment building, Lencor, is named after the last three letters of Helen’s name and the first three letters of his. Cory and Helen went full time into real estate in 1973. Cory also became a licensed real estate broker and formed partnerships with others to purchase apartment complexes in the Houston area. Cory treated his employees like family and kept up with many of them long after they retired. Cory never retired, running the business until the end of his life.

In the early 1990s, Cory became a citizen of the United States. He always said that he was Dutch by birth and American by choice. Cory loved his home country and raised his children to appreciate Dutch culture and traditions. Cory was an active member of The Holland Club of Houston, where he made many lifelong friends. He served two terms as the Club’s President and loved to plan and host Holland Club events including card parties, beach fish fry parties, and other parties and dances. Cory loved the beach; he proposed to Helen on Galveston Island. When they wanted to buy a bay house in Galveston, he insisted the house have a great view and plenty of room for his 11 grandchildren. Cory and Helen have enjoyed spending time there, and the boats going by in the canal reminded him of Holland.

Cory had boundless energy and a zest for life and loved to say, “You never regret what you do; you regret what you don’t do.” Cory followed that motto to the fullest. He was an avid traveler and took his family to Europe, drove all over the United States on road trips, and attended countless events to watch his children and grandkids. Cory was a passionate supporter of free enterprise and the American way, and always was the life of the party. He never turned down an invitation and was usually the last to leave. Cory is predeceased by his parents, Cornelis and Trinje Hoogendam; his brothers and sisters, Arie Hoogendam, Bernardus Hoogendam, Petronella Kreike, Joost Hoogendam, Trinje Houton, Aag Maarssen, Fia Zegfeld, Cornelia Eigenhuis, and Gerri Hoogendam.

Cory is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Helen Rigamonti Hoogendam, his four children and their spouses, Michelle Cash (Trey), Jeffrey Hoogendam (Sheila), Melissa Cook (Douglas), Brian Hoogendam (Michelle), his 11 grandchildren, Kiera Hoogendam, Stuart Cook, David Cook, Cameron Cash, Dane Hoogendam, Nathan Hoogendam, Caroline Cook, Drew Hoogendam, Hanna Hoogendam, Carter Hoogendam, and William Hoogendam; his sister, Annie Maarssen, his brother, Nico Hoogendam, both from the Netherlands, and hundreds of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives who loved him dearly.

A celebration of Cory's life will begin with a pre-service visitation at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024. The ceremony will begin at 12:00 PM, with burial immediately thereafter. Following the burial, all are invited to continue the celebration of his life in sharing remembrances with the family during a reception at the Hoogendams’ house. Cory wanted a celebration with a keg of beer and beautiful music, so bring your joy, your memories, and your best Cory Hoogendam stories.

  • FAMILY

  • Cory is predeceased by his parents, Cornelis and Trinje Hoogendam; his brothers and sisters, Arie Hoogendam, Bernardus Hoogendam, Petronella Kreike, Joost Hoogendam, Trinje Houton, Aag Maarssen, Fia Zegfeld, Cornelia Eigenhuis, and Gerri Hoogendam.

    Cory is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Helen Rigamonti Hoogendam, his four children and their spouses, Michelle Cash (Trey), Jeffrey Hoogendam (Sheila), Melissa Cook (Douglas), Brian Hoogendam (Michelle), his 11 grandchildren, Kiera Hoogendam, Stuart Cook, David Cook, Cameron Cash, Dane Hoogendam, Nathan Hoogendam, Caroline Cook, Drew Hoogendam, Hanna Hoogendam, Carter Hoogendam, and William Hoogendam; his sister, Annie Maarssen, his brother, Nico Hoogendam, both from the Netherlands, and hundreds of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives who loved him dearly.

Services

  • Interment to follow Funeral Service Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 21, 2019

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Nancy Kison

June 25, 2019

Robbie Kripp Prazak just informed me about Cory's passing. I am so sorry. My mom (Ginny) loved working for Bob Kripp and Cory. She always admired them as men of integrity and honesty. Your family and the world have lost a truly wonderful man.

Nathan Oldmixon

June 19, 2019

To all of us who hold Cory dear,

I am told that the grief we feel, at a time like this, is but the tax we pay for the privilege of having enjoyed such a loving relationship.....and I pay gladly. Life is richer for sharing it with such a man.

All my love and prayers for his peaceful repose in the presence of our God,
Nathan Oldmixon

Wim Wijnberg

June 19, 2019

Bethel and I met Cory at a meeting of the Holland Club in the early seventies and quickly became friends. Cory was an easy one to make friends with; Helen and he have been great friends ever since.
We will miss Cory and we will never forget the fun times we have had together. We are out of the country so we will not be able to attend the final ceremony but will contact Helen as soon as we return to Houston.
Cory, rest in peace. God bless Helen, the children and grand children and give them strength.
We love you all.

Bethel and Wim

Martha Gonzalez

June 18, 2019

I will allways thank you míster hoogendam for beliveing in me to work with you since 2005 in Lencor Square you were such a careing person and i will miss you alot may god receive another Angel like you and is not a good bye is a see you later up in heaven

Petra Cochran

June 18, 2019

Cory was a man of many talents.... he was a husband, a father, grandfather, brother and friend....He falls into the friend category for me, but yet he was also there with a fatherly word of advice on many occasions and I will dearly miss him. Helen and family, my deepest condolences, love and prayers during this difficult time. Please know, we have many wonderful memories of him and we will treasure them.

Love ,
Petra and Sean Cochran

Skip and Carol Johnson

June 18, 2019

COREY AND HELEN--WE ARE FRIENDS FOREVER.

Boyd Brown

June 17, 2019

Helen, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Cory was such a good faithful friend of my father, Brownie. So were you. You both came to visit him at his home and nursing home over the years. My family was at your wedding many years ago. I remember carrying Cory's shoes when we had the privilege of taking you both to the airport following your wedding. Cory will be missed.
Boyd

Yvonne Guerrini

June 17, 2019

Helen we danced at your wedding, all women wearing long dresses as well as well as our young daughters, Janet and Margaret. The reception was wonderful. Tulips from Holland, Cory's family were there and it was so delightful, like a touch of paradise. The last time I danced with Cory was at our Guerrini 50th wedding anniversary in Lake Charles. Over the years we have been great friends and you will always be an extension of our family. Memories of Cory are dear to my heart as well as to Al (Bubba). These will live on as memories do, to wrap our grief in the thankfulness of Cory and your gracefulness. and kindness to us. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Robert JUNIER

June 16, 2019

Our sincere condolences to the Hoogendam family. Cory was a great friend of ours and will be missed dearly. He was good and will be good for ever.

Anneke and Robert Junier


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Biography

Cornelis Hoogendam, known to his friends and family as “Cory,” passed away peacefully on June 12, 2019, at the age of 85. He was surrounded by family and friends, but most importantly by his side was Helen – his wife of 56 years.
Born to a farming family in Osdoorp, Holland, on November 13, 1933, Cory was one of twelve children. Cory absorbed the values of his parents, such as love of family, integrity, kindness, fairness, and entrepreneurship. Cory also grew to love the United States because, in his mind, Americans helped to free all of Europe in World War II, including the liberation of occupied Holland.
Cory attended a vocational high school in Holland and worked as an auto mechanic. He eventually moved to Canada where his brother had immigrated several years before. He then moved to Austin, Texas to study mechanical engineering at The University of Texas. Working his way through school at an automobile repair shop, Cory graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1963. His first job out of college was with Mission Manufacturers in Houston whose President agreed to sponsor Cory’s citizenship process.
Shortly after moving to Houston, Cory went to a Catholic Young Adults Group Party, where he met Helen Marie Rigamonti, whom he married on June 1, 1963. Cory was so proud of Helen and celebrated their 56 years of marriage with several anniversary parties over the years attended by friends and family. He wanted everyone to stay until the end of the celebration.
Cory never forgot his dad’s farm in Holland and always wanted to start his own business. In 1965, Cory read a book on real estate, and he and Helen decided to start a company by buying apartments. Their first apartment building, Lencor, is named after the last three letters of Helen’s name and the first three letters of his. Cory and Helen went full time into real estate in 1973. Cory also became a licensed real estate broker and formed partnerships with others to purchase apartment complexes in the Houston area. Cory treated his employees like family and kept up with many of them long after they retired. Cory never retired, running the business until the end of his life.
In the early 1990s, Cory became a citizen of the United States. He always said that he was Dutch by birth and American by choice. Cory loved his home country and raised his children to appreciate Dutch culture and traditions. Cory was an active member of The Holland Club of Houston, where he made many lifelong friends. He served two terms as the Club’s President and loved to plan and host Holland Club events including card parties, beach fish fry parties, and other parties and dances.
Cory loved the beach; he proposed to Helen on Galveston Island. When they wanted to buy a bay house in Galveston, he insisted the house have a great view and plenty of room for his 11 grandchildren. Cory and Helen have enjoyed spending time there, and the boats going by in the canal reminded him of Holland.
Cory had boundless energy and a zest for life and loved to say, “You never regret what you do; you regret what you don’t do.” Cory followed that motto to the fullest. He was an avid traveler and took his family to Europe, drove all over the United States on road trips, and attended countless events to watch his children and grandkids. Cory was a passionate supporter of free enterprise and the American way, and always was the life of the party. He never turned down an invitation and was usually the last to leave.

Cory is predeceased by his parents, Cornelis and Trinje Hoogendam; his brothers and sisters, Arie Hoogendam, Bernardus Hoogendam, Petronella Kreike, Joost Hoogendam, Trinje Houton, Aag Maarssen, Fia Zegfeld, Cornelia Eigenhuis, and Gerri Hoogendam.
Cory is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Helen Rigamonti Hoogendam, his four children and their spouses, Michelle Cash (Trey), Jeffrey Hoogendam (Sheila), Melissa Cook (Douglas), Brian Hoogendam (Michelle), his 11 grandchildren, Kiera Hoogendam, Stuart Cook, David Cook, Cameron Cash, Dane Hoogendam, Nathan Hoogendam, Caroline Cook, Drew Hoogendam, Hanna Hoogendam, Carter Hoogendam, and William Hoogendam; his sister, Annie Maarssen, his brother, Nico Hoogendam, both from the Netherlands, and hundreds of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives who loved him dearly.
A celebration of Cory's life will begin with a pre-service visitation at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024. The ceremony will begin at 12:00 PM, with burial immediately thereafter. Following the burial, all are invited to continue the celebration of his life in sharing remembrances with the family during a reception at the Hoogendams’ house. Cory wanted a celebration with a keg of beer and beautiful music, so bring your joy, your memories, and your best Cory Hoogendam stories.