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Posted: 5 Dec 2012 9:45AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 5 Dec 2012 9:48AM GMT
Last Rites Set for Miss DENBLEYER, Funeral services will be held Thursday morning a 11 at Cady Funeral Home for Miss Gertrude DENBLYKER, descendant of two prominent Kalamazoo pioneer families, who died Monday at Bronson Hospital. The Rev. Dr. Charles K. Johnson of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate and burial will be at Mountain Home Cemetery. Miss DENBLEYKER was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Julia Marion BROWNELL DENBLYKER, who died Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah, and for whom funeral services will be held at 1:30 Wednesday at Truesdale Chapel. Mrs. DENBLEYKER was the widow and Miss DENBLEYKER was the sister of Dr. Walter DENBLEYKER, who died in 1948. Miss DENBLEYKER was born in Kalamazoo Jan. 29, 1869, the daughter of John and Anna DENBLEYKER. She was a granddaughter of the late Paulus DENBLEYKER, one of the first group of Dutch settlers in Kalamazoo and a granddaughter of the late Nathaniel BALCH lawyer, educator and member of the legislature in early Michigan. Educated at the Michigan Female Seminary in Kalamazoo and at the Chicago Art Institute, Miss DENBLEYKER was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, for which she was historian for many years. She was a member of the Ladies' Library Assn., and was one of the oldest members of the First Presbyterian Church. Miss DENBLEYKER is survived by one sister, Mrs. Anne DELLINGER, of Pittsburg, Kan. source: Kalamazoo Gazette Nov. 3, 1959 (submitted by volunteer, no family connection)

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