Johannes Moerman (1922 - 1998)

 

On Saturday, March 28, 1998 our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather was called home to a glorious eternity with his Father in heaven. He had chosen for his cemetery marker words from the promise of Jesus: "he who hears my word and believes ... has passed from death to life." (John 5)

 

Rev. John and Corrie Moerman had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary six days earlier with about 170 family and friends. His last words to me as we embraced at the end of the evening were: "This is the happiest day of my life!"

 

Dad died suddenly while working on the farm where he and Mom had retired in 1988 - cleaning a coop for newly acquired chickens. Up to the time of his death he was active in the Lord's work, counseling, teaching, and preaching.

 

Dad was a focused man who loved his family and expended major energy during his retirement researching family history back 12 generations and sharing the story. (To read or download, please click on the link of your preferred format below.)

 

Our father was a "man of God" with a pioneering spirit. His love for the Lord Jesus was always paramount in his life and his zeal for spreading the gospel never wavered. We will all miss him until we're reunited in Glory!

Immigration 1948

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John and Corrie Moerman,

Immigrating to Canada - 1948

 

(My mother is 6 months pregnant with her first son, Marinus, aka 'Murray')

 

Please see also:
  • Photos of John Moerman and his side of the family here

  • Photos of John and Corrie's early years together here

  • Video of our parents one week before our father's passing - here on YouTube or here to download.

  • Audio of `Opa` sharing some of his experiences during the occupation years in Holland with his young grandsons (Chris and Ben) in mp3 or wma format.

  • Memoirs of our mother here.

John Moerman Family History and Memoirs:

Dedication Page        

 

Chapter 1: Sovereign Foundations: The First Moerman of Holland

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Chapter 2: Sovereign Foundations: The Van Vliet (maternal ancestry)      PDF   DOC
Chapter 3: The History of Schipluiden PDF   DOC
Chapter 4: Early Childhood Memories (overlaps with next chapter) PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 5: Later Childhood Memories (overlaps with previous chapter) PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 6: Adolescence: Broadening Outlook and Understanding PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 7: Life on the Farm PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 8: World War II Begins                                                     PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 9: The War Years PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 10: The Underground Resistance                               PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 11: Hitlerís Downfall and the Liberation of Holland PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 12: To Emigrate or not to Emigrate PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 13: The New Land PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 14: Hope College and Western Seminary                           PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 15: In the Midst of Death, Life Must Go On PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 16: Seminary's Homestretch PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 17: Return Visit to Holland  PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 18: Galt, Ontario (1958-1961)    PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 19: Edmonton, Alberta (1961-1970) PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 20: Monarch, Alberta (1971-1976)                                     PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 21: Mayerthorpe, Alberta (1976-1978)  PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 22: Surrey, BC (1978-1986) PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 23: Edmonton, Alberta (1986-1988) PDF RTF DOC
Chapter 24: Mayerthorpe Retirement Years (1988-1994)  PDF RTF DOC
       
Our Last Month Together (by Corrie Moerman) PDF RTF DOC
Appendix A - 50th Wedding Anniversary PDF RTF DOC
Appendix B - Tributes to Dad PDF RTF DOC
Appendix C - Dad's Chosen Funeral Readings PDF RTF DOC
Appendix D - Dad's Memorial Service PDF RTF DOC
Appendix E - Letter to WTS 40th Anniversary Class (by Jim Moerman) PDF RTF DOC
Appendix F - Booklet (1896-1909) presented to Antje van Vliet PDF   DOC