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Lia Marie Jelinger, 85, died Thursday morning, December 12, 2013, at Ebeid Hospice Residence at Flower Hospital, Sylvania, OH. She was born March 15, 1928, in Jakarta, Indonesia to Willem Eduard and Apolonia Elizabeth (Snijders) van Bunge. She lived in Indonesia until 1939, when she moved to The Hague, Netherlands. She immigrated to the United States, with her husband and children, in January 1957.
Lia was employed for 15 years and retired from the VA Clinic on Byrne Rd. She volunteered and worked with Special Olympics. She was a foster mother for 20+ infants with the Miami Children's Home. Lia was an avid knitter. She loved to crochet and tinker with all her electronic toys.
Lia is survived by her children, Marjoleine (Mark) Gravley of Ft. Wayne, IN, Conrad Jelinger, Dr. Eric (Chris Querry) Jelinger of Lima, OH, Catharina Bonsel (Joseph) Nusbaum of Ottawa Lake, MI, Sylvia Tuttle (Denzel) Ducat of Whitehouse, OH, Timothy (Kathy) Jelinger and Victoria (Richard) Herman; 20 grandchildren; 3 great-granchildren; brother, Pieter van Bunge of Arnhem, Netherlands; sisters, Yvonne den Exter of Amstelveen, Netherlands and Annette (Hans) Nieuweboer of Vijfhuizen, Netherlands; and several nieces and nephews, all of the Netherlands. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her step father, Coenraad A.H. Shuak.
Friends may call on Friday, December 20, 2013, from 2-7 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4150 W. Laskey Rd., Toledo (419-473-0300) with Memorial Services beginning at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Officiating will be her granddaughter Intern Pastor Liesebet Gravley. There will be no interment.
Memorial contributions may be made in Lia's memory to Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, 2001 Perrysburg Holland Rd., Holland, OH 43528.
To leave a special message for Lia's family, please visit
Newcomer Funeral Home
4150 West Laskey Road
Toledo, OH 43623
Published in Toledo Blade on Dec. 18, 2013