Margaretha Geessiena Hoogsteen, (formerly of Westfield, NJ and Waretown, NJ), age 89, unexpectedly passed away with her family at her side in Morristown Medical Center in Morristown NJ on April 15, 2018.
Margaret was born on November 26, 1928 in Bedum, The Netherlands. She earned her Teacher's Certificates and taught farm children in a small farming village school in the Netherlands until she married her brother's best friend, Karst Hoogsteen, and immigrated to the United States in 1958, helping her husband at home in the evenings with his research at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. Later she proudly became a US citizen and moved to Westfield, NJ and proceeded to work for her three Master's Degrees from Rutgers University in Medieval Studies, Comparative Literature and English as a Second Language.
Margaret loved living life in the USA with her husband, Karst. Together, they camped in the desert Southwest, drove from coast-to-coast, and enjoyed the New Jersey coastline. Travel in general was a big part of their lives, from hiking in Switzerland to visiting the British Isles, Ireland, Iceland, France, and of course, The Netherlands. Margaret loved art history, classical music, hiking, singing, knitting, gardening, reading and learning and had always her nose in some book. She was a long time choir member and elder of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, and was involved for many years along with her husband in Presbyterian Elders in Prayer. But especially, Margaret loved being a mother and Oma!
Margaret is survived by her sister-in-law, Jeike Alida Hoogsteen and her companion Geertje van der Hart; her children, Adrianneke Hoogsteen and Willem Peter Hoogsteen and their spouses; her five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her husband's three nieces, a nephew and their children.
A memorial service will be 2 pm Monday May 14, 2018 at Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Home, Westfield. For more details, please visit: www.grayfuneralhomes.com ;;
In lieu of flowers and other contributions the family asks that donations be made in the name of:
Dr. Karst and Margaret Hoogsteen:
â¦Saint Michael's Indian School, in Window Rock, Arizona, www.smase.org; providing education and enrichment to moderate to severely disabled children and adults from throughout the Navajo Nation (an institution near and dear to the Hoogsteens' hearts)
â¦The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, www.westfieldpc.org
â¦Gospel for Asia, www.gfa.org; providing clean wells to people in need of potable water all over Asia