Hendrika “Hattie” Fredrika (Gaalswyk) Weststeyn was born on December 12, 1921 in Doon, Iowa and went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in heaven on October 24, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Simon, and her children, Sara (Bob) Snodgrass and Henry (Shelly) Weststeyn. She is dearly loved by her grandchildren Greg(Nicole) Snodgrass, Brad (Whitnie) Snodgrass, Samantha (Jake) Rovig, Ryan Weststeyn, Mark (Emily) Weststeyn, and Amy (Corbin) Quinonez as well as her 10 great grandchildren Adam Snodgrass, Ashley Snodgrass, Jonathan Snodgrass, Otto Snodgrass, Zeke Snodgrass, Landon Rovig, Abigail Rovig, Gavin Weststeyn, Cohen Weststeyn, and Elias Weststeyn. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was very proud of them. She is also survived by her sister, Liz Blom and sister-in-law Hilda Gaalswyk.
Welcoming her home to heaven are her parents, Peter and Margaret Gaalswyk, her sisters, Mary Romkema, Dorthy Harmsen, Cornelia Vander Wal, and her brothers Hank, Tunis, Bill, and Marinus Gaalswyk, and many other family and friends.
Hattie grew up in Iowa and moved to California in 1938 to Artesia. In 1947 she moved to Ripon, California. On February 10, 1949 she married her husband, Simon. In her early years she worked at McDonnel-Douglas on airplanes during WWII as a “Rosie the Riveter”. She also did house cleaning. She spent most of her life as a homemaker and helping her husband, Simon, on their almond ranch.
She was an active member of the Calvary Reformed Church, Calvary’s Women’s Guild, and Kingdom Helpers. She also taught catechism and Sunday school. At Ripon Christian School she was part of the Society for Christian Instruction and Ripon Christian School Circle, where she was one of the first group of ladies to make sloppy joes for hot lunches and loved the women she worked with. She was also a Blue Diamond Almond Growers member. Hattie volunteered her time at Christian Beret Thrift Store. She loved sewing and in her retirement years, would make doll clothes for all the dolls that were donated to Christian Beret. She also loved baking and cooking. She will always be remembered for her amazing pies and Dutch baked goods. Her desire was to always help and serve others.
Hattie spent her last 6 years at Bethany Home in Ripon. After Hattie came to Bethany Home, she looked forward to her visits from family, especially her husband who would come and sit by her side daily. The family is thankful for the kind, loving, and compassionate care she received from Bethany Home staff, especially during the Covid-19 shutdown when her family couldn’t be with her.
Due to Covid-19, graveside service will be immediate family only.
Memorial gifts can be made to Bethany Home, 930 West Main Street in Ripon, CA 95366 and Ripon Christian Schools, 435 Maple Ave Ripon, CA 95366.
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