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Doris Van Hoven

10/12/2017



Doris Van Hoven (nee Streelman), age 84 of Pompton Plains, NJ died on Thursday, October 12, 2017. She had lived in W. Paterson since 1956 before moving to Cedar Crest Village in 2007.

Doris was born at home in Hawthorne, NJ and graduated third in her class from Hawthorne High School in 1950. She went to work for Bell Telephone, who at the time would only hire the brightest graduates in the top 10% of the class. Doris was quickly frustrated there, however, when she was given nothing more than menial tasks, essentially just pushing papers around. When the workers went on strike, she quit and found a new job at Brogan Cadillac in Paterson, where she managed the bookkeeping for the showroom sales staff. She eventually became the bookkeeper for Verduin Machinery in Paterson and retired in 1995.

Doris was a good cook and an excellent baker! She made cakes, pies, almond cake, homemade applesauce, and a host of other delicious treats that her family will surely miss. Along with her husband John, she was a member of the 2nd Reformed Church in Little Falls for many years and she volunteered at the “Corner Closet” second-hand thrift store. Once they moved to Cedar Crest Village, Doris joined the Cedar Crest Church Committee and they began attending services there.

Doris met her husband John through a mutual friend. They had been acquainted for years but when John returned from serving in the U.S. Army, they began dating. They married on July 17, 1954 with a service right in her sister’s home, followed by a honeymoon to Lake George. During their sixty three years together, they never fought and were blessed to share a bond with one another that grew stronger through each year. John recalls how Doris would often make a sandwich for the two of them to share, and she would always offer him the larger half. But John would kindly offer it back to her, taking the smaller half for himself instead. There’s no doubt that the little sacrifices made their years together so enjoyable. Their family vacations to the Jersey Shore, including Ocean Beach and LBI made for some wonderful memories, and more recently they enjoyed going to visit family in Florida and taking trips out to Lancaster, PA.

Doris is survived by her loving husband John of Pompton Plains, two daughters; Diane Spath and her husband Alfred of Edison, NJ, and Nancy Huhn of Parsippany, NJ, five grandchildren; Stephen Huhn and his wife Kendra of Houston, TX, Daniel Huhn of Parsippany, Lauren Spath of Edison, Gregory Spath of Edison, and Michael Spath and his wife Laura of Oklahoma, two great-grandchildren; Aubrey and Bryce Huhn of Houston, TX, and one sister; Beatrice Belanus and her husband Neil of N. Carolina.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 2-5 PM.

A funeral service will be held at 10 AM on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Cedar Crest Village Chapel, Cedar Crest Drive, Pompton Plains. Burial will follow at the George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery, Paramus, NJ.

Donations in Doris’ memory would be appreciated to the “Resident Care Fund” at Cedar Crest Village. Mail donations to; Cedar Crest Village, c/o Philanthropy Dept., Cedar Crest Drive, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444.

Guest Book

10/13/2017

It was a very special blessing to me to have you as a cousin and fellow worshipper at 2d Reformed Church in Little Falls, NJ. Thank you for introducing me to said church and the friends I still have there. May your sweet spirit touch others even as you are now with our Lord Jesus. Love, Frankie.

Frank Faasse, Jr.

10/14/2017

Deepest sympathies to the VanHoven family

Marianne Lennon

10/14/2017

Our deepest sympathy and thought are with you. Love Kathy & Warren

Kathy & Warren Schildknecht

10/14/2017

Dear John, Diane, and Nancy, I am sorry to hear of your wife and mom’s passing. It has been many years since I moved out of West Paterson but I still teach there and often drive down Filippone Way. I am often reminded of the great times we had. May Glod bless and comfort you during this difficult time.

Susan Davidoson DiFluri

10/15/2017

JOHN, I HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF WHAT A WONDERFUL FRIEND DORIS WAS AND THE TIMES I WAS IN HER COMPANY. I FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE KNOWN HER I WILL MISS HER. YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS.

TERRIE MACIAG

10/16/2017

Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Tara & Mike

Tara & Mike Umlah

10/16/2017

Diane and family, My condolences on the lost of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Kathleen (Horizon BCBSNJ)

kathleen feeney

10/17/2017

Diane and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Jean (HBCBSNJ)

Jean Russo

10/25/2017

My deepest Christian Sympathies to you all, Many fond memories of the good old days too. Bob

Robert Kuiken


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