Smith-McCracken Funeral Home

63 High St., Newton, NJ


Theresa A. Vander Ploeg

July 29, 1936June 18, 2020

Theresa A. Vander Ploeg, 83, of Newton, died Thursday, June 18, 2020, at United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen, Harris Health Care Center, after a short illness.

Born in Ellenville, New York, Theresa lived in Allamuchy and Hampton Township before moving to Sandyston Township in 1989 and has been a resident of Newton since 2009. A member of Newton Covenant Reformed Church since 1962, Theresa was also a member of the Ladies School Circle, who were the primary fundraisers for Northwest Christian School.

Theresa was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and cherished friend to many. She will be known for her many kind deeds and her devotion to her Lord and Savior.

The daughter of the late John and Sadie (Roorda) De Vries, Theresa was also predeceased by her husband, Cornelius “Neil” Vander Ploeg, in 2004; her son, Ronald Vander Ploeg, in 2009; her daughter, Debra Foran, in 2019; and three siblings, Henry and Melvin De Vries and Eleanor Van De Weert. She is survived by three children, Sharon Williams and husband, Barry, of Hamburg, Cindy Keesler and husband, Warren, of Wantage, and Peter Vander Ploeg and wife, Sherry, of Franklin; nine grandchildren, Emily, Morgan, Brittany, Connor, Shannon, Alyssa, Cooper, Madison and Olivia; her sister, Anna Mae Van De Weert of Warwick, New York; and her son-in-law, Bryce Foran of Fredon.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Newton Covenant Reformed Church, 23 Thompson Street, Newton, and will also be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page. Interment will follow in Frankford Plains Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to Newton Covenant Reformed Church, 23 Thompson Street, Newton, New Jersey 07860 or Northwest Christian School, 92 Route 519, Newton, New Jersey 097860.


  • Conelius "Neil" Vander Ploeg, Husband (deceased)
  • Sharon Williams (Barry), Daughter
  • Cindy Keesler (Warren), Daughter
  • Peter Vander Plogg (Sherry), Son
  • Bryce Foran, Son In Law
  • Anna Mae Van De Weert, Sister
  • John De Vries, Father (deceased)
  • Sadie Roorda De Vries, Mother (deceased)
  • Ronald Vander Ploeg, Son (deceased)
  • Debra Foran, Daughter (deceased)
  • Henry De Vries, Brother (deceased)
  • Melvin De Vries, Brother (deceased)
  • Eleanor Van De Weert, Sister (deceased)
  • Grandchildren: Emily, Morgan, Brittany, Connor, Shannon, Alyssa, Cooper, Madison, Olivia

  • Newton Covenant Reformed Church
  • Northwest Covenant Reformed Church


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Theresa A. Vander Ploeg

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Tjitske Geerds Karssenberg

June 23, 2020

In september 2016 my husband Henk and I visited my DeVries family in the USA. I’m a daughter of Aaltje de Vries (who was marries to Frits Geerds) , sister of Theresa’s father JanDeVries. So Theresa was my first cousin.
We stayed at AnnaMae and Martin. And there was a family reunion at Goshen church. At that moment we met Theresa and her daughters Debby and Cindy.
That was a great moment.
It’s a pity that we found our family so late in our life. But we have beautiful memories on this meeting.

Dear children and grandchildren, we bring our condoleances to you all. And we wish you the strengh of God in the future.

Greetings from Henk and Tjitske Karssenberg, Amersfoort

J. Cazemier

June 21, 2020

Dear family.
My sincere condoleences on the death of your lovely mother.
Be strong and God bless you Jan C
I will try to follow the service via livestream

Kathie Shafer

June 20, 2020

Dear family,
Today I am remembering Aunt Theresa and our fun times as cousins when we would visit at your home or at Grandma and Grandpa’s. Praying for you during this time.
Kathie (Vander Ploeg) Shafer

Donna Reynolds

June 19, 2020

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom.