Verkley Family Tree

Jan Verkley has produced a family tree report that starts with his father, Johannes Theodorus Verkleij (29 October 1888 – 31 May 1951) and his wife Maria Helena Suidgeest (23 December 1890 – 17 September 1982) and includes all of their descendants.

You can view it as a .pdf here.

Jan Verkley’s extra-special birthday

Jan Verkley took a ride on a bi-plane for his birthday.
And rumour has it.. he even got to take over the controls for awhile!

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I emailed Jan for more information about the plane, and he said:

“It is a “Fleet Fince”, built in 1936 in and was used to train wartime pilots, before they went to bigger planes. There are only a few left in flying condition, this one is worth about $ 100.000.
He knew I was a pilot, so he let me handle it for half an hour, toying around, poking holes in the sky as we call it. It has a 5 cylinder engine which lets you feel every bang.
Google “Fleet Finch” and you get a movie, which shows what I felt. Easy handling, being outside, you sit on top, rather than in a plane.
This plane and pilot was used in the making of the Amelia Ehrhard movie. (I forgot the title now), where his face was made to look like Amelia.
All my family was there, having a picnic while I flew. Quite a party.”

Rie Appelman-Verkley (06-09-1921 – 28-09-2009)

My name is Jeroen Appelman and I am the youngest son of (Ma)Rie Appelman-Verkley (* 06-09-1921 – + 28-09-2009), daughter of Theo and Cornelia Verkley from Bouwlust, Leiderdorp.

I want to let you know my mother has quietly passed away last night in her sleep in the age of 88 years old.

She was suffering from Parkinson which in combination with low bloodpressure made it very hard for her to breath and also her heart was getting weaker and weaker. All her kids and grandkids visited her frequently up to yesterday and she was very relaxed about her coming passing away. Just before she was put to bed she nipped a glass of Port wine so she would sleep well. We could wish for such a way to go.

Thanks and kindest regards,
Jeroen Appelman

Christmas Extravaganza 2008

I would like to put out a big thank you to everyone in the family that made it on Sunday.  When we started cooking the food we weren’t sure who was going to come and eat it and if I would be feeding Don and Jesse for weeks with all the left overs.  As everyone started to show up I was amazed and excited and the fun started to multipy.  We enjoyed good food, good fun and good company while as Cecilia mentioned the storm raged outside. 

As the night came on and Kiana decided that it would be fun to have a sleep over many agreed and we canvased the house for things to sleep on and things to keep everyone warm.  I never knew I had so many air matresses. 

It was a great time and all were missed who couldn’t come but we will all get together again soon I am sure. 

A memory to last forever,

Don and Maria