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Woodlawn Funeral Home & Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA

OBITUARY

William "Bill" Vanderlaan

March 30, 1933September 4, 2019
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William "Bill" Vanderlaan, 86, passed away Wednesday, September 04, 2019 in Virginia Beach. He was born March 30,1933, in Witmarsum, Friesland, a province of the Netherlands, to the late Pieter and Remke (Kramer) Vanderlaan. While still living in the Netherlands, Bill became engaged to his soon-to-be wife, Rita Faber. He moved to the USA in 1956, followed by Rita in 1957. They married on May 31, 1957 in Paterson, NJ.

Bill worked at the Holland America Line in New York in the 1960s and later retired from the Atlantic Container Line as a Mechanics Foreman in 1997. Upon retirement Bill and Rita designed and built the home of their dreams near Amherst, VA where they enjoyed life together in a quiet and peaceful setting. Bill enjoyed the antique radio hobby and was an avid amateur radio operator, communicating with people all over the globe. He was well read on a variety of subjects and loved to study the Bible. He loved to spend quality time with his family.

Bill is survived by his wife, Rita (Faber) Vanderlaan; son, Peter William Vanderlaan, of Virginia Beach, VA; son, John Theodore Vanderlaan and wife, Terri, of Hertford, NC; daughter, Regina Irene Mansoor, of Amherst, VA; daughter, Carol Ann Smallman and husband, Sean, of Virginia Beach, VA; son, Timothy Andrew Vanderlaan and wife, Angela, of Goldsboro, NC; daughter, Diane Elaine Joosse and husband, Dan, of Chillicothe, OH; twenty eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Remmelt van der Laan and Hessel van der Laan; and one sister, Truus van der Meer, all of the Netherlands.

Bill is predeceased by his son, Franklin Kenneth Vanderlaan; brothers Piet, Pier, Gooitzen, and Johannes van der Laan; and his sister, Rika Elgersma.

A visitation will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 6-8PM at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, with a funeral service on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 1PM, with a burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Pieter van der Laan, Father (deceased)
  • Remke van der Laan, Mother (deceased)
  • Rita Vanderlaan, Wife
  • Peter William Vanderlaan, Son
  • John Theodore Vanderlaan, Son
  • Terri Vanderlaan, Daughter-in-law
  • Franklin Kenneth Vanderlaan, Son (deceased)
  • Regina Irene Mansoor, Daughter
  • Carol Ann Smallman, Daughter
  • Sean Smallman, Son-in-law
  • Timothy Andrew Vanderlaan, Son
  • Angela Vanderlaan, Daughter-in-law
  • Diane Elaine Joosse, Daughter
  • Daniel Joosse, Son-in-law
  • Caroline Vanderlaan Long, Grandchild
  • Donny Long, Grandchild-in-law
  • Natalie Smith, Grandchild
  • Shannon Robinson, Grandchild
  • Bobby Robinson, Grandchild-in-law
  • Brian Stitz, Grandchild
  • Brandi Rima, Grandchild
  • Joseph Edward Vanderlaan, Grandchild
  • Morgan Leigh Vanderlaan, Grandchild
  • Janie Lee Vanderlaan, Grandchild
  • Benjamin Andrew Mansoor, Grandchild
  • Suzanne Mansoor, Grandchild-in-law
  • Kristina Colleen Mansor, Grandchild
  • Amanda Marie Bland, Grandchild
  • Kristopher Bland, Grandchild-in-law
  • Kelly Anne Mansoor, Grandchild
  • Rebecca Lynne Guinter, Grandchild
  • Zach Guinter, Grandchild-in-law
  • James Alexander Mansoor, Grandchild
  • Melissa Suzanne Wishard, Grandchild
  • Kevin Wishard, Grandchild-in-law
  • Ruby Noelle Smallman, Grandchild
  • Jeremiah Robert Smallman, Grandchild
  • Bethany Willemina Smallman, Grandchild
  • Rachel Hannah Vanderlaan, Grandchild
  • Jacob William Vanderlaan, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth Faith Vanderlaan, Grandchild
  • Daniel Christian Vanderlaan, Grandchild
  • Joshua Daniel Joosse, Grandchild
  • Christian Joosse, Grandchild-in-law
  • Emily Faith Joosse, Grandchild
  • Cassidy Grace Joosse, Grandchild
  • Katie Joy Joosse, Grandchild
  • Luke William Joosse, Grandchild
  • Lincoln Samuel Joosse, Grandchild
  • Eli Channing Joosse, Grandchild
  • Houston Peter Joosse, Grandchild
  • Ella Elaine Joosse, Grandchild
  • Anders Elliot Joosse, Grandchild
  • Rylee Jordyn Long, Great Grandchild
  • Jaxon William Long, Great Grandchild
  • Hudson Dylan Long, Great Grandchild
  • Elena Brooks, Great Grandchild
  • Anna Brooks, Great Grandchild
  • Braily Robinson, Great Grandchild
  • Harper Robinson, Great Grandchild
  • Paige Stitz, Great Grandchild
  • Genevieve Rima Noga, Great Grandchild
  • Jacob Benjamin Mansoor, Great Grandchild
  • Jade Elizabeth Mansoor, Great Grandchild
  • Levi Jaxon Mansoor, Great Grandchild
  • Aurora Grace Mansoor, Great Grandchild
  • Kai Jacob Rawson, Great Grandchild
  • Remmelt van der Laan, Brother
  • Hessel van der Laan, Brother
  • Truus van der Meer, Sister
  • Piet van der Laan, Brother (deceased)
  • Pier van der Laan, Brother (deceased)
  • Gooitzen van der Laan, Brother (deceased)
  • Johannes van der Laan, Brother (deceased)
  • Rika Elgersma, Sister (deceased)
  • Twenty eight grandchildren
    Eight great-grandchildren
  • PALLBEARERS

  • John Vanderlaan, Pallbearer
  • Ben Mansoor, Pallbearer
  • Donny Long, Pallbearer
  • Dan Joosse, Pallbearer
  • Kevin Wishard, Pallbearer
  • James Mansoor, Pallbearer
  • Kris Bland, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joey Vanderlaan, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Burial: Garden of Ten Commandments Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Reception Following Burial Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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Judy Vroegindewey

September 6, 2019

Herb and I will always remember and cherish the memories of your dad singing in church at OVCRC. He was a wonderful example of how a Christian should live and we rejoice that he is now home with the Lord. Our prayers are that your mom and family will be comforted knowing that your dad is with Jesus.

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Opa's childhood home in Witmarsum

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Bill's Opa and Oma Kramer and family

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Bill's parents in their younger days

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Baby Bill sitting on the table

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Opa's childhood home in Witmarsum

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Bill's Opa and Oma Kramer and family

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Bill's parents in their younger days

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Baby Bill sitting on the table

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