OBITUARY

Henrietta Susan Harmsen

April 27, 1928April 13, 2013
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Henrietta Susan (Vander Tuig) HarmsenBorn on April 27, 1928, in Sheldon, Iowa to Dick and Alice Vander Tuig. Her family moved to California when she was 8 years old. After living in and around the Handford area in Central California, the family started their own dairy farm in Westminster, California. Henrietta attended Excelsior High School in Artesia, however, she was needed at home and left school when she was in ninth grade. She married Richard Harmsen (World War II Veteran) on August 27, 1946. They were married for 56 years. She continued her education and received her High School diploma from the Pomona Unified School District in 1982. Her primary focus in life was her faith and family. Henrietta's faith in the Lord was very strong and she was a life-long member of the Christian/United Reformed Church. Her hobbies and talents were numerous, including being an expert seamstress, knitting, crocheting, bowling, gardening, and bike riding. She also loved traveling (especially motor-homing) and participated in missionary and other church functions, such as Project Phillip, (prison ministry), Faith 20 (answering telephone Bible questions), and Mobile Missionary Assistant Program (MMAPers), a program of volunteers that are willing to travel and provide a variety of services from constructing/repairing buildings to mending clothes. She lived in the Inland Empire (Chino/Ontario) area for 53 years. She will be deeply missed by her children: Alverna Bouwman (Bill), Janie (Paul) Ridgeway, James (RuthAnn) Harmsen, Rich (Tammy) Harmsen, and Susan (Jeffrey) Eigenbrood; 13 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren and other family members: Sylvester (Arlene) Vander Tuig; Gertrude (Henry) Doctor; Mary Jean (Stanley) Vanden Brink; Dale (Glenda) Vander Tuig, and sisters in law: Esther Vander Tuig, Wilma Harmsen, Alice Douma, Geneva (Matt) Andriese, and numerous nieces and nephews. She died on April 13, 2013 at Inland Christian Home. She was preceded in death by her parents: Dick and Alice Vander Tuig; her husband: Richard Harmsen; her brothers: Milen and Lambert Vander Tuig; and her son: Henry Dale Hamsen; her son-in-law: Gilbert Gaalswyk; and grandchildren: David Bouwman and Jenny Gonzalez. Visitation with family and friends will be at Inland Christian Home Fellowship Center on Wednesday, April 17 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Memorial service will be held at First United Reformed Church, 6159 Riverside Drive, Chino on Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 am. Interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Henrietta Susan Harmsen

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Rena Engelsma / Jenkins

April 19, 2013

My prayers are said for the family. I have fond memories of playing at the Harmsen house

April 19, 2013

Alverna, Jim, Jane, Rich, and Susan

Just wanted to express my condolences to each of you in the loss of your Mother. May you feel God's comfort during this difficult time. You are so blessed to know she is with Jesus and reunited with her dear husband and other family members.
Love to you all
Judy Hegrenes (Van Dyk)

Vee Lin

April 18, 2013

To the Harmsen Family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss this is a very difficult time. But the love of others and especially from our God we can endure 1 John 4:8 says that “God is love”, so he will carry us in this difficult time.

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