Sunday’s Obituary – Albert Westra – Died 20-March-1995

Relationship to me: Maternal grandfather

Published in the New Jersey Herald (Newton) on 21 March 1995. Clipping from paper by his daughter Martha at the time of his death.


Albert Westra – Newton – Albert Westra, 87, died Monday at home after along illness.

Born in the Netherlands, he came to the United States in 1927 and lived in Little Falls before moving to Newton in 1931.

Mr Westra was a dairy farmer from 1931-1944, and then workded as a self-employed building contractor until his retirement in 1968. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newton. A son, John, died in 1992, and a grandson, Craig Begraft, died in 1994.

Mr. Westra is survived by his wife, Etta; a son, Ewald of Green; two daughters, Martha E. Westra Strait of Lafayette and Lena H. Emanuel of Wantage; 14 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton, with the Rev. Andrew Byers, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Newton, officiating. Interment will follow at Tranquilitiy Cemetery in Green.

Friends may call at the funearl home Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Steeple Fund of the First Presbyterian Church, 54 High St., Newton, 07860.


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