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DYKSTRA, PIETER
DYKSTRA, Pieter Born on October 31, 1913, died at his home in Santa Clarita, California surrounded by family and friends on February 28, 2010. He was 96 years young and lived a rich and full life. Piet was preceded in death by his wife Tiete in 2006. They were married for 64 years. Our father, Papa as we knew him, spent his early youth working on his parents flat bottomed cargo ship delivering commodities such as peat and coal through the rivers and canals of Holland. It was hard work, but he would be known for his hard work the rest of his life. He participated in the Elf Steden Tocht, a Dutch skating race through the eleven cities of the province of Friesland. He medaled three times. During World War II when Holland was occupied, he fell in love with our mother, Tiete. They were married on November 17, 1942. They endured the War, but post-war Europe was difficult at best. Piet and Tiete immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands in August 1947, with their two young children, Abraham and Klaasje. Papa became a plasterer and worked for several uncles who were in the contracting business. Along with the plastering, Piet and Tiete had an egg farm, raising several thousand chickens and selling their eggs from the farm, door- to-door and to various grocery stores in the Anaheim/Fullerton area. In 1955, another son Peter was born completing their family. When the egg farm could no longer exist in the city limits of Fullerton, apartments took their place. The properties were sold and they moved to Redlands to begin again with the eggs and chickens, but times were hard and egg prices plummeted. They sold the farm and began anew. Papa returned full-time to his plastering as a contractor and then working for the County of Los Angeles. The hiring at the County predicated a move to Palmdale in 1968, and they resided there until 2002, when they moved to Friendly Valley in Santa Clarita where they soon became friends with many of the residents. Although our parents had a few trips under their belt already, when Papa retired from the County in 1978, travel began in earnest. With their travel trailer in tow, they explored the Western States with their family, friends and many visitors from Holland. They also traveled back to the Netherlands numerable times, visiting family and friends as well as many European countries. Boat trips on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, bus trips to Austria, Italy and what was then Yugoslavia were among their favorites. Piet and his family were members of the New Apostolic Church. He served as an ordained minister for many years until his retirement from office at the age of 65. His faith was a pillar for himself and others. He attended services and other church events regularly until the week before his death. Priest Dykstra was a faithful servant and will be missed by New Apostolics throughout the Los Angeles District, but most by his beloved Valencia, California congregation. Piet was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather and great-grandpapa. He was supportive and proud of his children. He never missed an opportunity to speak of his many offspring. His heart was huge and kindness his byline of life. We will miss him. Piet was also preceded in death by his son, Abraham, his parents Abraham and Antje Dykstra, brothers Nick, Jim and Jannes Dykstra. Papa is survived by his brother Abraham (Joka) Dykstra of Grouw, Netherlands, daughter Klaasje (Ken) Nairne of Paso Robles, son Pete (Donna) Dykstra and Janet (Abraham) Dykstra of Lancaster as well as six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren with one great-grandchild soon to be born in April, making a total of ten. He was Ome Piet to numerous nieces and nephews throughout the U.S. and the Netherlands. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the New Apostolic Church-Los Angeles Central located at East 814 Claremont Street, Pasadena, California 91004. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the New Apostolic Youth of Los Angeles. Interment at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Santa Clarita will be private.

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