Helen H. (De Vries) Hooyman

Born: Wed., Aug. 28, 1918
Died: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Mon., Jan. 15, 2018
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Mon., Jan. 15, 2018
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

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Whitinsville-Helen H. (De Vries) Hooyman, 99, passed away on Wed. Jan. 10, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family, after a period of declining health. She was predeceased by her sweetheart, her adored husband of 65 years Alfred C. Hooyman on Dec. 9, 2005.

She is survived by a son Alred C. Hooyman Jr. and his wife Mary of Castlerock, CO; 2 daughters, Dorothy H. Hagedoorn and her husband Harold of Indian Harbor Beach, FL, and Joyce M. Curving of Holland with whom she lived for the past 2 years; 9 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was also pre deceased by a brother Frances De Vries and a sister Griselda S. Nienhouse.

Born in Linwood, MA on Aug. 28, 1918 she was the daughter of Everett De Vries and Dora (De Haas).  She spent her early childhood years growing up on Hill St. in Whitinsville and attending school at the top of the hill in the building that houses the town's veterans hall.  In the late 1920s she and her family moved to Northern NJ settling in Clifton.  It was in NJ where she met the love of her life Alfred C. Hooyman.  They fondly remembered some of their first dates meeting while ice-skating during their courtship years in the late 1930s.  Helen and Alfred were married on Valentines Day in 1940 during a blizzard.  This day served as the start to a long happy marriage of 65 years.  Living through WW2 as a young couple they had their 3 children and diligently worked while supporting the war efforts from the home front. In the early 1960s Helen and Alfred moved to Wayne, NJ where they lived before retiring and moving to Florida in 1980.  Helen and Alfred lived in Florida until the mid 90s when changing health events had them moving back to the Northbridge area where they lived until Alfred's death in 2005.
   Following her husbands death, Helen moved to the Whitinsville Retirement Apartments on Chestnut St in Whitinsville where she happily lived for 9 years.  Helen had many friends during her later life back 'home' in Whitinsville.  She was a member of Pleasant St Christian Reformed Church and attended service there whenever she could- driving her own car well into her 90s.  Helen was known for her gift of hospitality always welcoming people into her home with refreshments, and warm conversation.  Helen was also a giving person of her time and talents, she loved to crochet and over the years blessed many with her hand-made creations.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading and cooking/baking for her many guests.  She loved her family dearly and was a sweet woman who will be sorely missed by all.

Her funeral service in Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St., Whitinsville will be held on Mon. Jan. 15 at 11:30am. Calling hours prior to the service will be held from 10-11:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s memory may be made to:  Whitinsville Retirement Home 10 Chestnut St. Whitinsville, MA  01588.  To leave a condolence message for her family please visit www.JackmanFuneralHomes.com

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Larry and LilyAnn Kranking
   Posted Thu January 11, 2018
Joyce and family,
So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. What a long and wonderful life she had. Your Dad welcomed her with open arms. Blessings and prayers for comfort with memories to hold dear.

Will and Helen Banning
   Posted Sat January 13, 2018
Our Deepest Sympathy to you in the passing of your Dear Mother, Grandma and Great.
We wish we could come to the Service, but we will be out of town.

With Christian Love,

Will and Helen Banning

Elizabeth Hagedoorn Kolk
   Posted Sun January 14, 2018
Dear Dorothy , Joyce and Al, and family,
May our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit comfort you in the death of your Mother.
I know that she will be missed by you , but that you also have many great memories of the years your parents spent in Wayne, and in Florida . Your parents had many great friends in Florida and that is where I would get to see them often when I was visiting my folks and Dorothy and Harold .
There is no better comfort than knowing that they are with our loving Lord , happy , healthy and complete praising Him.
Hugs and prayers for you,
Elizabeth Kolk

Herman and Eva Baker
   Posted Sun January 14, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Thank you all for allowing us to share some holidays and family time with her. I know she is rejoicing in heaven. Take the memories and embrace her love throughout your lives.

Douglas Curving (grandson)
   Posted Sun January 14, 2018
We will miss you grandma, thanks for so many wonderful memories/times over the many years we had with you. We are so happy and assured of your peace and rest in your new eternal home with the Lord. As you always said...just 'enjoy'...now your joy is eternal!

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