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Hendrikus "Hank" Kolenberg, age 92, of Edwardsville, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at his daughter's home in Edwardsville.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Maaike, nee Vos, Kolenberg in 1997.
Hank was born June 21, 1917, in Rotterdam, Holland. He was an avid stamp collector since he was 6 years old. He had to leave school as a fourth grader so he could work to earn money for his family by delivering bread to people's homes. While he was serving in the Dutch Army, he married Maaike Vos by proxy and she joined him in Indonesia. While serving in World War II, he became a Japanese prisoner of war for three-and-a-half years while his wife and daughter were placed in a concentration camp. While he was a POW, he worked on the Bridge of the River Kwai and in a coal mine. After retiring from the Dutch Army, he immigrated to the United States with his family in 1960. After learning to speak English, he worked for Sears selling vacuum cleaners and sewing machines. He retired from Sears after 20 years of service. After his wife's death in 1997, he lived with his son, John, until May of 2008 when he moved to Edwardsville. His final days were spent listening to his favorite music surrounded by people who loved him.
Mr. Kolenberg is survived by his daughters, Ardo Lovsto and husband Trygve of San Diego, Calif., Annelies Johnson and husband James Duffey of Edwardsville; son John Kolenberg in Mexico; grandchildren Trygve Lovsto of California, Brighetta (Lovsto) Shae of California, Chantelle Johnson of Oregon, Kimberly (Johnson) Harris of Illinois, Zachary Johnson of Missouri and Jheri Johnson of Illinois and great-grandchildren Madison Shae, Molly Shae, Matthew Lovsto, Brandon Lovsto, Noah Harris and Wesley Johnson.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 13 at Emanuel Methodist Church in Edwardsville with Rev. Jackie Havis-Shear officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Philatelic Society. www.stamp.org.
Aebischer-Richeson Funeral Home in Troy is in charge of arrangemenets.
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2010