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Harmen Miedema

Harmen Miedema, 76, of Accord, died Saturday July 7, 2012, at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, surrounded by his loving family. Born July 18, 1935, in Purmerland, The Netherlands, the son of the late Sietse Miedema and Maaike Miedema-Terpstra. He was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Mary Alice Lee-Miedema, in 2000.

Harmen learned the dairy business and milking by hand while growing up at his family farm in Purmerland. He emigrated to the U.S. in March 1957 and became a U.S. citizen in 1960. Here he learned to milk by machine and became a 35-year employee of JaWay Farms in Accord, NY. He was later a 10-year employee of Agway in New Paltz, NY.

He is survived by his four children: sons Harm Miedema of Kerhonkson, Harry Miedema of Accord, and Peter Miedema and his wife Mary Katherine Miedema of Westhampton Beach, NY, and daughter Suzanne Miedema and partner Wesley Haynes of High Falls. He was also the proud grandfather of three grandsons, Trevor and Tyler Miedema of Accord, and Siebren Miedema-Haynes of High Falls. He is also survived by his brothers, Piet Miedema and wife Janita Miedema of Kingston, and Siebren Miedema of Purmerland, The Netherlands, and three sisters, Suze van Wattingen-Miedema and husband Bob van Wattingen of t'Harde, The Netherlands, Tjitske Kimmijzer and Edith Witvliet and husband Daniel Witvliet of Amsterdam, and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Harry Miedema, died previously.

Harmen was a warm, kind, gregarious man whose interests included his family, farming, WWII history and a long chat with a good friend. He will be deeply missed.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, July 10th from 2-4 & 7-9pm at H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, 30 42nd St., Kerhonkson. A service will be Wednesday the 11th at 11am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Stone Ridge.

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Christopher Robbins & Kate Mathews Robbins - July 20th, 2012 at 1:02pm - Email
Our condolences to all the family and friends of Harmen Miedema. You will all be in our prayers and let the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bring you comfort. A message to young Harm - Thank you for coming to the visitation of my father George R. Mathews. I saw you there and wanted to grab you and talk to you before you left. You are one of the few that got away from me. Thank you for coming and we both appreciated seeing you there :) P.S. - My dad's fields will always be waiting for you. xxx ooo

Michelle Osterhoudt & Family - July 11th, 2012 at 10:37pm - Email
our condolences to Suzanne and family you are all in our prayers and thoughts your Dad was a great guy he will be deeply missed our heart and prayer go to u and ur family

Robin & Bill Carroll - July 9th, 2012 at 9:42pm - Email
Harm we were so sorry to hear about your father. He was a lovely man, one of the "old timers" whose stories always entertained. Our thoughts are with you; sorry we couldn't be there to tell you in person.

Patty Sutherland - July 8th, 2012 at 11:51pm - Email
Dearest Family of Harm Miedema, I join with so many others who knew Harm in offering our deepest sympathy on his passing. Although it is little consolation at this sad time, it should be of some satisfaction to know that in his passing you can celebrate the end of a very long and productive life. The measure of a life well-lived is not in how much money one has or what possessions they have accumulated, but rather through the lives they touched and the sorrow they leave behind. If the outpouring of sympathy on his loss is any indication, and it most certainly is, you can proudly and confidently say that his indeed was a life well-lived. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all who knew and loved him. In Sympathy, Patty Sutherland

Roel and Deedee Stoker - July 8th, 2012 at 11:47pm - Email
our deepest Condolences , he surely will be missed. Tou are in our thoughts and prayers.

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