|Burnett Peter Van Deusen|
|Birth:||November 10, 1913|
Albany, New York
|Death:||October 31, 1993 (age 79)|
28 years ago
Montville, New Jersey
|Burial:||Restland Memorial Park|
East Hanover, New Jersey
|Father:||Benjamin Spencer Van Deusen I (1872-1937)|
|Mother:||Lynette Mae Curlhair (1872-1942)|
|Siblings:||Lillian Van Deusen (1899-1961)|
Mildred Lynette Van Deusen (1901-1968)
Benjamin Van Deusen II (1903-1972)
|Spouse/Partner:||Naida Muriel Freudenberg (1915-1998)|
|Marriage:||October 26, 1935 (age 21)|
86 years ago
Jersey City, New Jersey
Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993) aka Pete Van Deusen. He was a magnetic ink salesman at Sun Chemical. (b. November 10, 1913, Albany, Albany County, New York, 12208, USA - d. October 31, 1993, Montville, Morris County, New Jersey, 07045, USA) Social Security Number 058077827.
- 1 Ancestry
- 2 Name
- 3 Parents
- 4 Birth
- 5 Siblings
- 6 New York to New Jersey
- 7 High School
- 8 Marriage
- 9 Cantata
- 10 Jersey City
- 11 Career
- 12 Caldwell, New Jersey
- 13 Saved boy from drowning
- 14 Death
- 15 Funeral notice
- 16 Eulogy
- 17 Memories about Burnett Peter Van Deusen
- 18 External links
- 19 Video
- 20 See also
- 21 Ancestors
Ancestry[edit | edit source]
Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993) was a third cousin, six times removed, of Martin Van Buren (1782-1862), who was the 8th President of the United States of America from 1837 to 1841. Burnett's ninth great-grandfather was Abraham Pietersen Van Deusen (1602-c1670) who emigrated from Haarlem in the Netherlands and settled in New Amsterdam (now Manhattan in New York City).
Name[edit | edit source]
Burnett never used his first name and he always went by his middle name which was "Pete". He was always known as Peter Van Deusen.
Parents[edit | edit source]
Burnett was the son of Benjamin S. Van Deusen I (1872-1937) and Lynette Mae Curlhair (1872-1942). Benjamin was the son of Peter B. Van Deusen (1845-1926); and Catherine Burnett (1845-1926). Lynette was the daughter of Freeman C. Curlhair (1834-1910), a cigar store merchant and harness maker; and Lydia A. Gaige (1837-1903).
Birth[edit | edit source]
Burnett was born in Albany, Albany County, New York on November 10, 1913.
Siblings[edit | edit source]
- Lillian Van Deusen (1899-1961) who married Clarence Ethan Reeve I (1888-1960) aka Ethan Reeve
- Mildred Lynette Van Deusen (1901-1968) who married Reed Edison Smith (1899-1980)
- Benjamin Van Deusen II (1903-1972) who married Helene Elizabeth Bentley (1905-1999)
New York to New Jersey[edit | edit source]
Around 1922 the family moved from Albany to Jersey City.
High School[edit | edit source]
He graduated from Lincoln High School in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1934. He was the business manager for "The Quill", the school yearbook. He was voted "committeeman", and was secretary of the Glee Club in 1933 and 1934. He participated in the Constitution Day Program, and participated in the musical comedy "Kathleen" in 1928. Pete was living at 63 Madison Avenue in Jersey City at the time.
Marriage[edit | edit source]
On Saturday, October 26, 1935 Burnett married Naida Muriel Freudenberg (1915-1998) and they had three children.
Cantata[edit | edit source]
An undated newspaper article circa 1935-1940: "Trinity Lutheran Church to present sacred cantata. A sacred cantata entitled "The Resurrection" will be presented tomorrow evening at 8, in Trinity Lutheran Church, under the direction of Peter Van Deusen."
Jersey City[edit | edit source]
Pete and Naida lived at 538 Bramhall Avenue in Jersey City. On November 24, 1936 he filled out his Social Security application and he was living at 194 Seaview Avenue in Jersey City. His friends and neighbors in Jersey City were: Samuel Kirkpatrik (1887-1970) and his wife, Charlotte Kirkpatrik (1885-1982) aka Daisy Kirkpatrik.
Career[edit | edit source]
He worked for the Eagle Printing Company division of Sun Chemical in Jersey City. Initially he was a color tester and would adjust the colors of batches of their inks. When they needed a salesman for their new line of magnetic inks used for bank checks, they moved him into the sales position and he reluctantly took the job. Magnetic inks sales grew rapidly and he said: "I don't have to sell the ink, I just record the sales, it sells itself."
Caldwell, New Jersey[edit | edit source]
Around April 17, 1960, he moved out of Jersey City and bought a house in Caldwell, New Jersey. He joined the Holy Trinity Church in North Caldwell.
Saved boy from drowning[edit | edit source]
Around 1962-1964 while on vacation in Georgia, Pete saved a boy who was drowning in the motel pool. The story was written up in the local paper:
- A 3-year-old Macon boy who fell into a motel swimming pool in Atlanta Monday afternoon was saved from drowning by two bystanders, police said. The child, identified as Si Simmons, was seen floating face down in the pool at Holiday Inn, 1810 Howell Mill Road, by Pete Van Deusen of Fairfield, New Jersey, who jumped in and hauled the boy out. A physician who examined the boy, said he would recover.
A 30 second interview with Pete was broadcast on local television in Georgia and a VHS copy of the interview exists, that copy was transferred to the "vob" format and then the "mpg" format in 2008.
- Peter Van Deusen: "... You just act. The thing happens and you jump, or do whatever you have to do. I believe you have to think later, you don't have time to think. Its like when your playing ball, I guess, and if your pitching and the batter hits one straight back at the box. Its an instinctive thing to put the glove up to protect yourself, you don't have time to think, you just act first.
- Interviewer: "How does it feel to be a hero now?"
- Peter Van Deusen: "I don't feel like I'm a hero. I mean there were a lot of people mixed up in this. There was the woman that hollered, the man that gave him mouth to mouth, the rescue squad. It took a lot of us to really do the job. I just happened to be the one that was in the pool."
Death[edit | edit source]
He died on October 31, 1993 while having dinner at the wedding of his grand-daughter.
Funeral notice[edit | edit source]
His funeral notice appeared in the Star Ledger, Tuesday, November 02, 1993, page 44:
- Van Deusen - B. Peter, of Montville, formerly of Fairfield and Jersey City, on Sunday, October 31, 1993, husband of Naida Freudenberg Van Deusen, father of N. Lynn Bode of West Milford, Joan E. Schwendel of Lake Hopatcong, and S. Penny Linson of Kinnelon, grandfather of David, Diana, Craig, Toni Lynn, Mark, Paul, Beth, Tracy, Christy, April and John, great-grandfather of Amanda, Sean, Kris, Erik, Lauren, Paul, A.J. and Craig. Funeral Service in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, North Caldwell, on Wednesday at 10:30 am. Visiting in the Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Avenue (at Eagle Rock Avenue) Roseland, today at 2-4, 7-9. Interment Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Memorial Fund of the Trinity Lutheran Church would be appreciated.
Eulogy[edit | edit source]
- We give thanks for the life of Burnett Peter Van Deusen, born on November 10, 1913 in Albany, New York. He and Naida transferred their membership from Trinity Lutheran in Jersey City to Holy Trinity, North Caldwell on April 17, 1960. He died on October 31, 1993, after a faithful membership in his church, involved on Church Council, Church School Teacher, many years as Choir Director and soloist, on Witness and Evangelism Committee, Stewardship Committee, Helping Hands visitations, LAFF Group and many more. Surviving are his wife Naida Freudenberg Van Deusen, three daughters; Mrs Lynn Bode, Mrs. Joan Schwendel and Mrs. S. Penny Linson, 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. The pall bearers: David Dahl, Craig Dahl, Mark Dahl, Paul Schwendel, Tony Falletta and John Linson. Committal at Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover, New Jersey. Many will remember him over the years as a dedicated choir director, soloist, avid coin and stamp collector [and] family photographer. He was an avid fan to all the grandchildren, whatever sport or activity they were involved with. He encouraged them in every phase of their lives. He kept in constant touch with each one, whether near or out of state. He was loyal to friends and family, never forgetting a birthday, always there to lend a helping hand. For many years the Van Deusen Christmas card list numbered 300. As children, we remember all the summer vacations, from the farm in Cobleskill, New York to the Jersey shore, to the relatives in Binghamton, New York, and Burlington, New Jersey. This encouraged us as we became parents, to continue this practice of yearly vacations with our children, whether to a resort or a relative's home. Dad believed in family first. He passed this belief down to us. Most recently in August, one son-in-law suffered a stroke, and Dad and Mom visited daily at the hospital, bringing newspapers, magazines and offering encouragement. Then a few weeks ago, his other son-in-law's father was seriously injured, and Dad faithfully called North Carolina 3 or 4 times a week, speaking to the family about his condition, and then calling each of us with the latest update. He was concerned with everyone's problems, was joyful with them when they were happy, celebrated with their successes. He was our champion in so many ways. His devotion to his wife, our mother, was almost beyond his endurance these past few years. But 58 years as husband and wife was his life and he continued on as he had lived.
Memories about Burnett Peter Van Deusen[edit | edit source]
Elwood Spencer Reeve (1925-2005) said in September of 1998. "Peter Van Deusen would bicycle the 69 miles from Jersey City to Burlington to visit us."
[edit | edit source]
- Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993) at Wikidata
- Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993) at Findagrave
- Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993) at Facebook
- Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993) at Geni.com
Video[edit | edit source]
- Burnett Peter Van Deusen rescues boy from drowning. This is the local Familypedia version and it is missing a thumbnail.
- Burnett Peter Van Deusen rescues boy from drowning. This version has opening titles, and the bumpers are trimmed.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993)/Ahnentafel
- Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993)/Images
- Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993)/Notes
- Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993)/Timeline
Ancestors[edit | edit source]
|Burnett Peter Van Deusen (1913-1993)||Father:
Benjamin Spencer Van Deusen I (1872-1937)
Peter B. Van Deusen (1845-1926)
Benjamin S. Van Deusen (1826-1849)
Rebecca Thorne (1825-1906)
Catherine Burnett (1845-1926)
Spencer Burnett (1817-1884)
Barsina Barger (1818-1906)
Lynette Mae Curlhair (1872-1942)
Freeman C. Curlhair (1834-1910)
Henry Curlhair I (1805-?)
Lydia Delia Latham (1814-?)
Lydia A. Gaige (1837-1903)
Daniel Gaige (1815-1859)
Mary Hayes (1816-1851)