Bernice Johnson Stuyvenberg, 1920-2012

Part of the Centennial Memory Project has been to collect video interviews of Kimberly residents who can remember the early days of the Village. Thank you to our wonderful volunteer, Mary Lamers, for her care and time spent gathering, creating, and editing the videos! Here are some clips from Mary’s interview with Bernice Stuyvenberg. Bernice moved to Kimberly at the age of 9 and was born in 1920. She passed away at the age 91 on January 18, 2012. We are grateful to have been able to preserve her stories.

Bernice talks about coming to Kimberly at the age of 9 and her uncle’s tavern.

Here, she talks about The Clubhouse.

Bernice shares her story about meeting her husband, Dickie Stuyvenberg, and the difficulties of religion and love.

We hope to make the complete interview available on DVD for checkout at the library soon. Stay tuned!

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Memories of Kimberly

“When I was 3 years (1947 or 1948) old my mom & dad, Ray & Ceil Verstegen bought the building on the corner of Main & Maes Ave.  It was the original general store in the first yrs of Kimberly’s origination.  They had the first Red Owl Store put downstairs & we lived upstairs.  Later it became The Toy Corner, the hottest corner in Kimberly.  My brothers, Lyle, Randy & I spent many hours at the Kimberly pool just down the street and at the Clubhouse.  In summer we spent alot of time in Sunset Park, which then was just a big woods with a few trails.”

Memories of Lynn (Verstegen) Reschke