NEWTON -- Rita Post, 89, of Newton, died peacefully Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Born in Pesse, the Netherlands, Rita came to the United States in 1958 and had been a resident of Sussex County since 1959. She was actively involved in running the family dairy farm, which later became Post Strawberry Farm in Andover Township (now known as Sussex County Strawberry Farm). She was a devoted wife and mother, who enjoyed her family and grandchildren immensely. She took great pride in decorating her â€œphoto wallâ€ and inviting guests to share her joy through it. She was a member of the Newton Covenant Reformed Church.
The daughter of the late Jan and Grietje (Winters) Loof, Mrs. Post was predeceased by her husband, John, and her daughter, Rita Elgersma. She is survived her children, Kay VanderWeele and her husband, Mike, of Grand Rapids, Mich., Jane Ferrell, also of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Gary Post and his wife, Debbie, of Newton; a son-in-law, Frank Elgersma, of Westminster, Md.; her grandchildren, Jonathan, Erika, Erin, David, Joshua, Brandon, Lindsey, Ashley, Courtney and Ben; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jo Verkerk, of the Netherlands. She is also survived by extended family in the Netherlands and Canada. She leaves behind her dear, devoted, long-time friend Adelaide Crean, with whom she shared many wonderful memories.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Newton Covenant Reformed Church, 23 Thompson St., Newton. Interment will follow in Frankford Plains Cemetery. Visitation will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton, and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Newton Covenant Reformed Church, 23 Thompson St., Newton, NJ 07860.
Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com