Wilhelmina Johanna Maria Moller entered into rest on August 14, 2010. She was born in Rynsburg, Holland, to Peterus & Johanna Mathot. She leaves behind her loving children: Archie Vander Werff and wife Jossie of Manteca, Wilma Gonsalez and husband Ray of Manteca, Belinda Guzman and husband Ron of Manteca, Pete Vander Werff and wife Kathy of Manteca, and John Vander Werff and wife Bonnie of Manteca. She was blessed with 17 grandchildren: Art, Jerome, Gina, Nichole, Kristina, Monika, Alexandra, Harley, Ryan, Joshua, John, Garrett, Kate, Angela, Nathan and Rebecca. She has 8 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Ava, A.J., Timothy, Eli, Jude, Saraya, Vikki and Anna.
Wilhelmina lived in Holland for 28 years and then immigrated to the United States with her first husband, Adrianus (Aat) Vander Werff. She had two small children and one on the way when she immigrated. She and Aat eventually had a total of 7 children and enjoyed their life that they had made in the U.S. Wilhelmina taught herself English and became a U.S. citizen in 1971. She also went to adult school and received her high school diploma at the age of 59.
After the sudden passing of Adrianus in 1970 she continued to pursue her & Aat’s dream of providing a better future for their family in the U.S.. For five years she raised her 7 children, ages 3-14, by herself. She then married Max Loren Moller in 1974. During their 34 years of marriage they enjoyed square dancing, traveling, and spending time with the family and friends. Wilhelmina also enjoyed doing crafts such as needlepoint, crocheting, knitting, and made gifts and cards that will be cherished by her family. She also enjoyed her two loyal dogs, reading, playing games, and swimming and camping. These are traditions that she had passed on to her family. Sunday breakfast at her house was another of many cherished traditions. She was a devout Catholic and was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for 48 years. Volunteer work was another important part of Wilhelmina’s life. She volunteered for Girl’s Scouts, Boy Scouts, The Legion of Mary, Ombudsman Service, Senior Peer Counseling, and Prayer Shawl Ministry. She was also a devouted Blood Donor for many years.
She was preceded in death by two loving husbands, Adrianus Vander Werff and Max Moller, a daughter Johanna Griggs, a son, Michael Moller-Fisher, and a grandson Jeff Gonsalez. She instilled many positive values in her children with strength and love that she has shown them throughout the years. She was the “Rock” of our family. Her children and grandchildren will always remember her quick witted humor especially when they least expected it. She will truly be missed by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Arrangements for Mrs. Moller are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Rd. A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, August 26, 2010, from 1 to 7p.m. with a Rosary immediately following. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 505 East North St. Manteca. She will be laid to rest at St. Johns Catholic Cemetery 17871 South Carrolton Road, Escalon.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to: Jeff Gonsalez Memorial Scholarship Fund, American Cancer Society or St. Anthony’s Church c/o 308 N. Fremont St. Manteca, CA 95336. Condolences to the family can be made at www. plfryandson.com
Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010