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Name: Van de Wall, Blanca Crooswijk (1882-1940)

Historical Note: Blanca Flora Crooswijk was born October 22, 1882 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands to Carolina and Jozua Crooswijk. Blanca was one of three daughters. She married Johan Beijerman (1879-1959) in 1904 and the following year they had a son, Jaap, in 1905. Their daughter, Lien, was born in 1908. They later divorced, then Blanca married Willem van de Wall, who had two sons with Helena Adolfona Fruman, Wasili in 1913 and Roel in 1915. Blanca Crooswijk Beijerman and Van de Wall emigrated to America (October 1915) and were married January 14, 1917. Blanca travelled back to the Netherlands to care for her aging father (1921-1923). She would subsequently make regular trips back to Holland and maintained close correspondence with her Dutch family. Together the Van de Walls had two daughters, Blanca (born 1/17/17) and Wilhemini (born 3/30/1919). During their marriage they lived in Patchoque, Long Island, New York, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. In Allentown she was affiliated with the YMCA, the Lutheran Church, and Order of the Eastern Star. Willem and Blanca divorced in 1929. In 1938 she was diagnosed with breast cancer from which she died in the Hague, Netherlands, January 30, 1940.

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