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By Hester Sweens
Class G2B
1. Hester Sweens

My name is Hester Sweens. Im born on the 1st of July in 2003, in the hospital of Weert,
Limburg. I have no brothers or sister. The first three years of my life I lived at the Willem-
Alexanderlaan 47 in Maarheeze. On my fourth birthday we moved to the Meidoorstraat,
number 9, also in Maarheeze. Im eight days older than Sophie. We know eachother since
were born and were best friends from the start. In 2007 I went to the primary school, OBS
Cranendonck. I started in class 1/2b, there I met Sofie. Since 2009 I play hockey at HC
Cranendonck. At the moment in play in the MC1 outdoor, and I play in the MC1Z and MC3Z
indoor. In the MC1 and MC1Z I play in the defence. At the MC3Z Im the goalie. I do both
because I really like to play and I really like to be the goalie and I actually cant choose. In the
outdoor season I train three times a week, and I play one match. That is a lot and I dont get
to combine it always with school, homework and practicing piano. I play the piano since 2011
and I have two certificates, A and B. I play piano once a week at a Thursday. On Friday I go
to the Harlekyn. Thats a place where there are organized activities for people from 16 years
and older. But the problem is that theres nothing to do for the people from 12 to 16 years old,
so we decided to organize something for people from that age. I try to organize this with 2
boys, 2 girls, 2 people from the Harlekyn and someone from JongInC.

Me with my friend Jade in Renesse in 2016

2. Joseph Louis Sweens

My dads name is Jos Sweens. He was born on the 24th of March in 1966 in Eindhoven,
Noord-Brabant. He works at Galvano, in Eindhoven as Project Manager Business Support.
He has one sister called Auk. There is one story about my dad and aunt when they were
younger I really like. It was an accident with a pan. Once my dad and aunt were in a quarrel,
nothing special so far, because thats what siblings do. But then my aunt got angry and hit my
dad with a pan against his mouth. A piece of tooth broke and he needed to fill it. When my
dad was a student, he travelled around the world with Up With People.That is an
organization that has to aim to break cultural barriers by giving musical shows. Since 1993
he has a relationship with Jolanda Kros. A thing I really like to do with my dad is cooking.
When I was younger I would always sit on the kitchen dresser, watching him cooking. At the
time I got old enough I would help him, mostly with preparing. It was called the Mise en place
but I could pronounce it well and I thought it wasnt a funny word, so I called it Milan plast,
because I thought that that was funny. Nowadays we sometimes cook together but not often,
because I dont have a lot of time because of all the training, piano and Harlekyn. Or I just
want to relax a bit.
3. Johanna Wijntje Kros

My mother is called Jolanda Kros. She is born on the 5th of March in 1971 in Rotterdam,
Zuid-Holland. She has one sister, Leontien. She has her own company, called Gazeuse. She
helps small businesses with communication, for example the use of social media. My mother
used to play volleyball. But in January 2015 she fell and she torned her meniscus. In
November she was operated. Then end December 2015 she fell again but this time she
ripped of her ligament in her knee, and now she cant play sports when you have to make
fast turning movements and where you have to jump. What makes my mother my mother is
that when Im not feeling good about something, she just tells me what she thinks, she gives
me a hug and after that I really feel better.
4. Jan Joseph Marie Sweens

My grandfather, called Hans was born on the 17th of April in 1933 in Nijmegen, Gelderland.
When I was seven he died, at the 17th of August, when he was 77 years old. He was married
with my grandmother, Loes. One of the things I remembered clearly is that when he got older
he sometimes was in a wheelchair, and if I was tired of walking I got in his wheelchair as
well. I dont remember a lot about him, but another thing that was typical about my
grandfather was that when he got a present he unwrapped it really careful. When we asked
why he always said: Now we can recycle it!

Birth certificate from my grandfather

My father, grandfather and I

in 2008
5. Louise Henritte Bouts

On the 10th of July 1934 my grandmother, Loes, was born in Maasbree. I dont know why, but
she doesnt like it to be born there. When I was younger I was really interested by the WWII,
and she told me a story that really impressed me. At the time this happened she lived in
Blerick, Limburg. Her neighbours were Jews and she was really good friends with their
daughter. One day she wanted to play with that girl, but she couldnt find her. She didnt get
what was going on. After the war was over she knew that her neighbours were deported and
killed. I once went to Blerick with her. There is a monument in Blerick where all the names of
the people that were killed in the WWII stand on. We walked by it and my grandmother told
me where her neighbours stood. I was really impressed by this story, and it made me realise
how it really was. In books things can be written, but if someone you know tells you a story
that actually happened to them, it is really impressive.

Me and my grandmother on September 2nd 2015

6. Cornelis Willem Kros

The father from my mother is called Cees. He was born on the 21th of March in 1954 in
Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland. He is married to Clarie. He works for Henkel. My grandfather used
to smoke, but when he came into the hospital because he had breathing troubles he was
forced to stop. Otherwise he wouldnt live that long anymore. Im really proud of him. A big
hobby is fishing. When I slept at my grandparents I used to go fishing with my grandfather, in
front of the flat. But after 10 minutes or something, I was bored and went back to my

From left to right: my aunt, my grandfather and my mother

7. Klaziena Gerrie Beenhakker

Grandmother Clarie was born on the 2nd of April in 1954 in Papendrecht. She likes to make
postcards. When I slept at my grandparents, I used to make postcards with her. I really liked
to do that. Another thing we did a lot was playing games, especially Rummikub and Mens
erger je niet. When my grandmother won, I always said that she was cheating and I threw
everything over the table. I also liked to go grocery shopping, however, at home I didnt like
to do that because I thought it was really boring (and I actually still think that). My
grandmother does a lot of voluntary work; she goes with the Zonnebloem, and she always
visits old people throughout the week.

My grandmother
8. Josephus Cornelis Maria Sweens

The father from my granddad was born on the 11th of May in 1900. I dont know when he died
because I couldnt find it. He was mayor of Helmond from 1955 till 1965, and he represented
the KVP.
9. Wilhelmina Cornelia Maria Vermeer

The wife from my grandfathers dad. She was born on the 6th of July in 1901. I dont know
when she died, and I dont know anything about her.
10. Lodewijk Johannes Hubertus Bouts

Louis was born on the 14th of August in 1888 in Blerick. He died on the 14th of March 1963 in
11. Germaine Marie Geurtjens

Germaine was born on the 23th of april in 1896 in Emmerin, in France. She died on the 16th
of may in 1969 in Venlo.
12. Cornelis Kros
The father from my grandfather was called Kees. He was born on the 18 th of
February in 1927 in Sliedrecht. He died in 1991 because of cancer, so I dont have
any memories about him.
13. Johanna Korevaar

I always call her Oma Oma. She was born on the 28th of April 1930 in Sliedrecht. In 1991 her
husband died. She got along with Sander, but he died too. She is not that healthy anymore,
so she is staying in a retirement home. In that way she can live on her own but when
theres something wrong there is always help.
14. Leendert Kornelis Beenhakker

Opa Beenhakker was born on the 23th of June in 1923 in Sliedrecht. He died in 2010, when I
was seven years old. A clear memory I have from him, and a memory that is typically him is
that he learned my to rhimes. The first one was:
Leentje leered Lotje lopen
Langs de lange Lindelaan
Maar toen Lotje niet meer wilde
Liet Leentje haar staan
The second one was:
Naar bed, naar bed zei Duimelot
Eerst nog wat eten zei Likkepot
Waar zal ik het halen zei Lange Jan
Uit grootmoeders kastje zei Ringeling
Dat zal ik verklappen zei het Kleine Ding
15. Janke van der Toren

The mother from my grandmother is called Jannie, but I call her Oma Beenhakker. She was
born on the 8th of February 1924 in Papendrecht. Shes a bit deaf. If she calls us, my mother
and I always tell my dad to speak to her because she cant hear us well. She always repeats
everything five times, and thats a bit annoying. Because of that I actually dont really like to
visit her.
24. Cornelis Willem Kros

Kees was born on the 6th of January in 1904 in Sliedrecht, and he died on the 16th of
February in 1974 in Sliedrecht. He was married to Neeltje Kros-Bakker. They married on the
25th of April in 1925 in Sliedrecht.
25. Neeltje Martina Bakker

Neeltje was born on the 17th of January 1904 in Sliedrecht, and shie died on the 4th of June in
1997, at the age of 93.
26. Arie-Jan Korevaar

Born on the 23th of May in 1906 in Sliedrecht. He married to Jaantje Korevaar-Vernooij.

Because of an mistake, I only know he died on the 20th of a month in 1975 in Sliedrecht.
27. Adriana Hendrina Cornelia Vernooij

Jaantje Vernooij was born on the 26th of September in 1904 in Arkel. She died on the 27th of
March in 1990 in Sliedrecht.
28. Jacob Jorinus Beenhakker

He was born on the 28th of November 1896 in Sliedrecht. I couldnt find where, and when he
died. He was married to Leentje Beenhakker-Mellegers.
29. Leentje Mellegers

Leentje Mellegers was born on the 25th of March in 1898 in Sliedrecht. She was buried on the
1st of October in 1976 in Sliedrecht.
48. Reijer Kros

Reijer Kros was born on the 11th of January in 1874 in Sliedrecht and he died on the 12th of
July in 1952 in Sliedrecht. He was married with Geertje Kros-van der Graft. They married on
the 2nd of May in 1896.
49. Geertje van der Graft

She was born on the 20th of September in 1874. She died on the 6th of May 1946.
56. Pieter Arie Beenhakker

Pieter Arie Beenhakker was born on the 9th of January 1867 in Sliedrecht. He died at the 15th
of May in 1922. I dont know what has happened, but his wife Gerrigje died 2 days after
him. Maybe its a coincidence, or something happened, but I couldnt find anything.
57. Gerrigje Johanna Verschoor

She was born in Sliedrecht, on the 15th of February 1866. And she also died in Sliedrecht, at
the 17th of May 1922.
58. Kornelis Mellegers

The father of Leentje Mellegers. Born on the 18th of May 1872. He died on the 19th of May
1948. He married to Martina Mellegers - van den Herik.
59. Martina van den Herik

Martina was born on the 13th of June in 1870 in Sliedrecht. She died on the 29th of
December in 1955.

The part of the project I liked, was the part where you had to find persons from your family.
The part where I needed to put all the information in a document I didnt like that much. It
was a lot of work, and at the end the stories got boring because I didnt know the people and
I didnt know how to make it a bit interesting. I dont have a lot of questions about my family,
because there were no odd things that happened such as divorce or something. The only
question I have is why did Gerrigje and Pieter Arie died two days after eachother.