A memorial service for Martinus Weinans Rogers was Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Rogers.
Honorary Pallbearers were Henk Weinans, Lodewijk “Wiet” Seghers, Dennis Pearson, Phillip O’Brien, John “Jack” Hines, and Dick Heuvels.
Mr. Weinans left us suddenly, but peacefully, on his 70th birthday after a beautiful celebration with his family and lots of laughs and hugs. Martin was born in Emmen, the Netherlands during the war in 1943.
He began the trade of goldsmithing in 1963 and moved to the United States in 1969. He met and married Barb Sherman in 1973. He utilized his goldsmithing skills to open up Van Guilders Goldsmith in 1984 and successfully build a unique custom jewelry and retail store in Minneapolis, and later in Edina.
He always had a heart, passion and a word for people, and spent the last decade as a dedicated volunteer. He sold meat raffle with the Rogers Lions, hosted many Minnesota Dutch Club (NAAM) events, and traveled to Venezuela many times through a partnership with the catholic church to teach young people the trade of jewelry making.
He lived a life of travel, friends and culture, and never tired of meeting new people. When he stayed home, he cared for his small vineyard and offered guests homemade wine from berries, pears, and grapes he grew.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Sherman) Weinans; daughters, Kate Weinans, Julie (Dick) Heuvels, Lisa Beth (Reed) Braaten and Jessica Beck; grandchildren, Alexander, Sophie and Sorren; siblings, Hank (Els) Weinans, Annemarie (Rudolph) Dierick and Ria (Harrie Bulter) Weinans; and many other relatives and friends.
Mr. Weinans was preceded in death by his father, Johannes Bernhard Weinans; mother, Anna Maria Adelheid (Deiman) Weinans and sister, Annemaria Greta (Weinans) Draaisma.
In lieu of flowers, any contributions received by the family will be donated to the Venezuelan Mission project.
On-line condolences can be made at www.thepetersonchapel.com