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11/17/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Willem Haan

Willem Pieter Haan
(05 Feb 1918 - 10 Nov 2010)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
  I was saddened this morning to learn of the death of an old friend.  Willem Haan, father of    Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA and the late   Bill "Pietie" Haan ('67) (21 Feb 1948 - 28 Dec 1964), died in Hampton on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the age of 92.

   His wife, Emma Douglass Turner Haan, died ten years ago this month:

  Emma Douglas Haan, 85, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000.

She was a native of Haddon Heights, N.J., and had been a Peninsula resident for 69 years. She was a veteran of World War II, having served in the WAVES.

Mrs. Haan was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church and a member of the Hampton Roads Bird Club.

She is survived by her husband, Willem P. Haan; a daughter, Katherine Spaulding of Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, George Turner of Mayfield, Calif.; and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a son, Willem P. Haan Jr.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in Peninsula Memorial Park with the Rev. Richard H. Holley officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hampton Roads Bird Club, c/o Mary Harrington, Treasurer, 107 Steffi Place, Newport News, VA 23606.

Arrangements are by W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on Wednesday, November 29, 2000.


From the Daily Press - 11/17/10:

                  Willem Pieter Haan

  HAMPTON - Willem P. Haan died Nov. 10, 2010, at age 92.

Born in Harlingen, the Netherlands on Feb. 5, 1918, he served in World War II as a Royal Dutch Marine. Based in Quantico, he met his wife of 55 years, Emma Douglass Turner, a WAVE, while both were sightseeing at the Jefferson Memorial. In 1948 the family settled in Newport News where he worked in the display department of Nachman's Department Store. He later worked for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired.

Throughout his life he enjoyed model shipbuilding and woodworking, always willing to share his skills with others, and taught many people including his grandchildren and his caregiver how to carve. He loved to build for the people he knew.

He and his wife were members of the Hampton Roads Bird Club, where they worked with Dorothy Mitchell at Newport News Park to help save the Eastern Bluebird. He also built dozens of birdhouses and feeders.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma; and his son, Willem P. Haan Jr.

He is survived by his daughter, Katherine Haan Spaulding her husband, Tom, their children, Katherine Turner Spaulding and her husband, Doug Dike and Leslie Burke Spaulding and her husband, Felix Milner. Also surviving are nieces and nephews in both the U.S. and Holland.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends including his nurse, pal, and friend, Darlene McKie.

A private graveside service will be held today in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to The Hampton Roads Bird Club, or WHRO radio.

Arrangements by W. J. Smith and Son. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from November 17 to November 18, 2010.  Visit Guest Book


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Katie, please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your father.

~ David Spriggs, NNHS 1964, Norfolk, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Katie and her family and friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Text by Martin Janus (1832-1909), 1661
English version (which does not correspond to the original German) probably by Robert S. Bridges (1844-1930)
Music by Johann Schop (@1590-1667)
Arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach (31 Mar 1685 – 28 July 1750), 1723

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.

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