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Barbara van Dam Obituary
October 23, 1921 - June 28, 2016 Barbara van Dam passed away on June 28th at age 94, exactly four months from the day her beloved husband, Herman, passed away. Barbara was born in Riverside, California on October 23, 1921. She was raised in Riverside and Pomona, graduating from Chino High School. Barbara attended Bishop Johnson College of Nursing and trained at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles where she became a registered nurse and met a handsome intern, Heiman (Herman) van Dam, who captured her heart. They married in 1945 and their love flourished through seventy years of marriage. Barbara had four children - son Machiel born in 1947, twin daughters, Claire and Rika born in 1949, and her second son, Hans, born in 1951. Barbara and Herman raised their children in Los Angeles. Barbara was a devoted and attentive mother. Barbara will be remembered fondly for many things. She was a generous person who helped others, including tutoring children, mentoring young people, and supporting foreign exchange students. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends, and enthusiastically pursued many artistic hobbies. Barbara will be missed greatly. She is survived by daughters Claire (Cindy) and Rika (Richard), daughter-in-law Kathy, grandchildren Matthew, Alex, Aaron, Mara and Seth, great grandson Arnav; predeceased by husband Herman, sons Machiel and Hans. A private memorial service will be held for family members.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 1 to July 3, 2016
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