Willem Pieters (Bill), born on August 7, 1918 in Holland, passed away on October 26, 2007 at the age of 89. Bill is survived by his faithfully devoted and very loving companion for the past 16 years, Kasminah Hoeberigs, a resident of Holland, his two beloved daughters, Anna Pieters and Agnes Rute, and son-in-law Ralph Rute from Canyon Lake, CA; and by his only grandson, Anthony Quintal of San Francisco. Bill and his now-deceased wife Katherine and two daughters immigrated to the United States in 1957, and he has been a resident of Gardena, CA since 1958. Bill served in the Dutch Army during World War II and survived as a prisoner of war at the Bridge of the River Kwai in Thailand. Bill retired from Southern California Water Company 30 years ago and was able to enjoy many years of traveling after his retirement, including many trips back to Holland. Bill will be remembered by all his friends and family as being a "tough and stubborn" fighter and survivor. Funeral services will be held on Saturday November 3, 2007 at 11am at Pacific Crest Cemetery Chapel in Redondo Beach.

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  1. To Anna and her family, Please except our most sincere condolences. I just lost my Mother in May so I know what a very difficult time this can be. Treasure the time and memories you shared and know he’s in a good place now with God. Love and Many Blessings, Cathy and Mike Miller

  2. To our dear family, Besides our frequent emails and telephone calls, especially in the past few months, I want to write a few words in memory of Bill. In the past 16 or 17 years we enjoyed many times the company of Bill in the Netherlands and a couple of times in Gardena, thanks to Bill’s intimate relation to our mother Kasminah Hoeberigs. I just saw the video tribute to him. I want to express, that I appreciated very much looking this video. I am certain that our family in the Netherlands (my wife and children, my brothers and sister and their families), will feel the same about this video. Thank you, especially Agnes and Anneke Pieters, for your excellent composition of the pictures. Together with the music, that you’ve carefully choosen, this gives us the opportunity to be silent during at least five minutes, to remember Bill vividly, to thank him and to pray for his soul. Due to the great distance between California and Europe many of us will not be present at his funeral. Nevertheless you will be in our thoughts and we will mourn and pray together with you. Willem Pieters, thank you very much. May God bless you all.

  3. Bill was obviously quite a man. You must be very very proud. Your family is in my prayers. All the best. Jim

  4. Dear Agnes & Anna- We were so very sorry to learn of the loss of your Father. Knowing that he is with God and at peace should offer some comfort to you, at such a difficult time. We’ll be keeping you and your Family in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest sympathy from us both,

  5. Dear Agnes and Anna: We care about you both so much. We are so very sorry to know of the loss of your Father. He is at peace now, free of pain and looking down upon you both with love and pride. With much love, Spence and Carol

  6. Lieve Mien, Wij condoleren je van harte met het heengaan van jouw Bill. Wij wensen je heel veel sterkte voor de komende tijd. Wil je de kinderen, kleinzoon en verdere familie van Bill namens ons, ons medeleven betuigen. Veel liefs. Jopie en Jeu Hoeberigs

  7. Tante Mien, Veel sterkte bij het verlies van uw partner Bill. Hoop u snel weer te ontmoeten in Nederland. Namens de fam Bessems, Jan.

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