Netty Keizer

Netty Keizer died Thursday evening, April 17, 2014 with family by her side at Brandon Woods in Lawrence, KS.

Netty was born November 13, 1927 in Palembang, Indonesia on the island of Sumatra, to Naomi and Paian Pasaribu, the third of 10 children.

She married her husband and best friend, Gerard Keizer, March 17, 1947. In 1957, Netty, Gerard and their two young sons emigrated to the United States from The Netherlands, settling in the Lone Star area of Douglas County, sponsored by The Lone Star Church of the Brethren where they were members. Throughout her life, Netty served by caring for others, particularly young people. She worked for many years on the cafeteria staff of Hashinger Hall on the University of Kansas campus and most recently with the Princeton Children’s Center of Lawrence, KS. She volunteered in a variety of ways, with the emphasis on helping others. Netty was an incredible cook and never knew a stranger seated at her table. She loved the outdoors and with the first hint of spring, would be found preparing her garden, which along with her menagerie of animals and pets, would keep her busy beyond the first frost of autumn.

Netty was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings, daughter-in-law, Patty and her husband of 61 years, Gerard. Netty loved and was very proud of her children and their spouses: Erik, Denver, CO; Ferry Keizer and Caroline Grootes, Lawrence, KS; Clair Keizer and Terry Levine, Kansas City, MO; Ingrid Keizer Wilson and Andrew Wilson, Blue Springs, MO; her 12 grandchildren: Jason Schroeder, Bryce Schroeder, Corey Keizer, Margot (Michael) Keizer Zigmont, Adam (Jennifer) Keizer-Marcinkowski, Sonia Keizer, Emily Keizer, Sydney Keizer, Nina Keizer, Patrick Keizer, Olivia Wilson and Elias Wilson; and two great-grandchildren, Penelope and George Zigmont. Living siblings include: Martha Nelly Pasaribu, Frankfurt, Germany; Pauline (Boetet) Pasaribu Simuputang Djakarta, Java, Indonesia; Lodewyk Pasaribu, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia; and Henky Pasaribu, Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia.

The family suggests memorials to the Douglas County Senior Center or Grace Hospice, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

A memorial celebrating Netty’s incredible life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 30, at the Lone Star Church of the Brethren. The family will greet guests immediately after.

14 Condolences

  1. Susan Rickman on April 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Netty was a beautiful person, a great neighbor and a wonderful friend. I will miss her greatly.

  2. Marissa on April 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    she was an amazing person that always put everyone before herself.

  3. Goody Garfield on April 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

    So caring, so kind, Netty was one of a kind, a gracious presence for our whole family

  4. Kelly on April 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Netty was a wonderful woman and was a joy to be around. She will be missed very much.

  5. Angela Allen on April 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Miss Netty was like a mom and grandmother that we all like having around.She will be missed by all of us.Love Angela and Ricardo Allen

  6. Jo Switzer on April 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Netty was a warm, welcoming, loving friend when my family and I were new in the community. We attended the same church. Netty introduced me to crab rangoon, and I’m grateful for eternity for that gift! She was a kind person.

  7. David Garfield on April 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I was deeply saddened and pained to hear of Netty’s passing. I had known her practically my entire life and loved her SO much. She was my friend, a mother figure for me who was always so supportive and caring to me. She treated me like her own son. I remember her consoling me when I was real young on our house doorstop before school after my hamster she gave me had passed. I remember her giving me cookies after I got a 4.0 in college, and the great cookies she gave our family during each holiday season. I remember her staying over night and comforting me when my parents were out of town. I remember her taking such great care of my beloved dog Snoopy, which meant so much to me. i remember her calling me at my dorm after Snoopy died, consoling me just like she did when I lost my hamster. And I remember going over to her house to talk about my struggles in putting my cat to sleep in December 1993, and the many phone calls she gave me afterwards to see that I was OK. What I remember most, though, was her genuine love, her compassion, her sweetness. She was just the kindest, good-hearted person I’ve ever met. While I didn’t see her much in recent years, I thought about her and the huge impact she made on my life. I will miss her very, very much, but know she will always be a part of my heart, spirit and soul. Forever! I dearly hope Netty’s family draws strength and comfort during this difficult period of all the great times and memories you shared together. All my thoughts and prayers are with you! Love David

  8. Kristin on April 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Ms. Netty was such a caring and loving person to so many people and Children! She was like a Grandma to so many! She will truly be missed by myself and lots of children!

  9. jennifer woods on April 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Ms. Netty will be greatly missed.

  10. Lee and Sunie Levin on April 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Dear Clair, Terry and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. When we spoke to
    Netty last year at Thanksgiving she told us she was so proud of all of her family. Your good memories of her are your blessings.

    Lee and Sunie

  11. randy spence on April 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm


    I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. I remember several evenings out at your parents’ house, sharing bottles of wine and eating Netty’s fabulous cooking. Those were good times and I cherish the memories.

    With warmest regards and condolences to you and the rest of your family,


  12. Mike E. Johnston on May 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm


    I am so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. I have nothing but fond memories of the many nights spent at your house while we were in grade school. Your Mom always made me feel so comfortable and welcome. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Scott Mesler on May 30, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Dear Klaire and Family,
    We’re so sorry for your loss. When I first read the obituary and saw Friday at 11:00 for the services, I mistakenly took it to mean that following Friday. Imagine my surprise when no one was at the church. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend todays service but wanted to let you know I was thinking of you. I know I speak for the other neighbors when I say we’ve lost yet another great neighbor. We’ll miss her.
    Scott & Mindy Mesler

  14. Nataly on October 18, 2014 at 11:35 pm

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