Willem Roetman
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Willem Roetman, 76, of Allentown, passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest. He and his wife, Elissa A. (Limons) Gensiak, shared 10 years of marriage.

Born in Rijswijk (ZH), Netherlands, he was the son of the late Willem and Albertina (Postma) Roetman. Willem was a graduate of The Anthony Fokker School and received a Mechanical Engineering degree from The Technical College, both in The Hague, Netherlands. He worked as a Systems Engineer at the Damen Shipyard in Gorinchem, Netherlands, retiring in 2005. Willem enjoyed woodworking, anything mechanical and liked to visit the ocean. He was also a Big Band and Dixieland Jazz enthusiast.

Survivors: Wife, Elissa; sisters, Jeannette Marie Roetman and her husband Riks Helder of Huizen, Netherlands and Albertine Roetman of Castricum, Netherlands; and four nephews; step-sons, Richard E. Gensiak of Kutztown and John J. Gensiak of Philadelphia; step-daughter, Kara M. Gensiak of Allentown.

Services: Private at the family's request. Arrangements are entrusted to the K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, Georgia 31709-3543 or to a charity of your choice.

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Published in Morning Call on Dec. 10, 2020.
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December 14, 2020
Wim was mijn eerste schoolvriendje we moesten in de vierde klas voor straf naast elkaar zitten we waren 10 jaar,We vonden dat helmaal niet erg,in tegendeel we hebben veel plezier op school en op de schoolweg gehad.Ik denk met plezier daaraan terug.We hebben altijd door de jaren heen contact gehad. We zullen zijn interessante vehalen en de nauwkeurige technische beschrijvingen missen.We blijven mooie herinneringen aan Wim houden.
Carla Pankonin Toet
Friend
December 14, 2020
Wim was mijn eerste vriendje,we moesten destijds in de vierde klas voor straf naast elkaar zitten.wij vonden het geen straf hadden veel plezier op de weg naar School hebben we wel einige streken uitgehaald.IK denk met plezier aan die tijd terug.We hebben ons hele leven geschreven.
Carla Pankonin Toet
Friend
December 13, 2020
I wish Lissa and all family a lot of strength for the loss of their beloved Wim. We had e-mail contact and he was interested in my life in France. He always shared lovely photo's of his woodmaking (my husband's hobby too, so we exchanged some photo's). He loved going to the beach and have a decent wine....both weren't close by.
My sincere condolences.
Rust in vrede Wim.
Franca Porter
Acquaintance
December 13, 2020
Hij was een goed mens,en wij denken met respekt aan hem terug.
Fred en Henriette Wever
Family
December 13, 2020
wij herinneren Willem als een zeer dierbaar familielid.Hij was een geweldige neef.
henriette wever
Family
December 13, 2020
We have so many good memories .When he came on his bycicle to our mill.He always told us so many stories about his trips in Europe.He is a special person ,and we think of him with respect.Fred and Henriette Wever
Fred and Henriette Wever
Family
December 13, 2020
Wim was for me always a very loyal and good friend. He defended me once against a very bad boy at school when we were very young. I will never forget him. My thoughts are for Lissa and all the rest of the family in the US and in The Netherlands in this difficult time, specially now around Christmas. I will never forget you Wim, I have so many beautifull memories of our youth in the Hague.
Halinka M.S. Berlage
Friend
December 12, 2020
Amigo groot vriend !!
Rust en vrede
Alicia Ruiz
Friend
December 11, 2020
I admired Wim for his craftmanship on our kitchen cabinets, which he made for us. My thoughts are with you. Take care, Maria van der Burgt.
Maria van der Burgt
Family
December 11, 2020
He was my big brother and mate.
I have so many good memories as here in his workplace at home in Allentown.
I wish Lissa, her family and friends the strength to get through this difficult time.
I miss him.
Jenny Roetman
Sister
December 11, 2020
He was a fine man and good brother in law for me. I surely will miss him and his stories.
Riks Helder
Family
December 10, 2020
A good memory of Wim.
Chris
Friend
December 10, 2020
He was one of those men who lent a helping hand and could build or fix just about anything.
My prays go out to Lissa and her family during this difficult time.
Rose Ann Shipper
Friend
December 10, 2020
Wim was a very good man with a huge heart that reached out to help anyone who needed him.
I extend my sorrow to Lissa and even to all of us who knew him; this is a great loss to all.
RIP Wim. You are and will be missed for a long time.
Chris Rosati
Friend
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