After a full life of 89 years, Elisabeth “Beppie” Reyers passed away July 13 after a brief illness. Born in Hilversum, Holland, she survived World War II with her three brothers and three sisters, using their home to hide and transport Jewish friends. Entirely devoted to her husband, Roeland, she followed him to America in 1954, raising two children, sailing on Lake Superior, and becoming an accomplished first mate. She liked the simple things like taking time to have a cup of tea and appreciating nature’s wonders, teaching all of us how to find beauty and joy there. Beppie was always prepared to spoil the younger generations with Dutch coffee, Dutch pancakes, a hug, and a smile. A lover of classical music, her piano playing gift was used to accompany school plays and concert productions. She also greatly enjoyed reading scripture and growing her faith with her friends. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 65 years, Roeland, daughter Evelyn, son Jan (Bonnie), grandchildren Eric, Kent (Mariah), and Anne (Jonathan), and her great-grandchildren Jansen, Grace, Everly, Charlotte, and Brandt. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to a veteran's organization.
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