Elizabeth Vander Kaden
June 25, 1913 ~ August 1, 2006
Elizabeth Vander Kaden, 93, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2006 in Knoxville, at Shannondale Health Care Center. Elizabeth was a former resident of Appalachian Christian Village. She was born in Schiedam, the Netherlands and was the widow of Willem Vander Kaden. Elizabeth and her husband were active in the underground during the Second World War when the Nazi occupied and oppressed the country. They sheltered a Jewish toddler who was given in their care when the child?s parents were deported to the death camp at Auschwitz. Elizabeth took a great deal of personal risk when she and her husband decided to protect the little girl they named Sonja. People caught helping the Jews often met the same fate. After the war it became evident that the child?s parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were killed in concentration camps. She and her husband then became her foster parents. Her name will be added to the list of Righteous Gentiles, a memorial at the Holocaust museum Yad Vashem in Israel. In 1952 Elizabeth, her husband and Sonja started a new life in the United States. The three settled in New Jersey where she took a position in the local high school cafeteria. She subsequently learned to speak English and obtained her dietician?s license. Several years later she became a school crossing guard with the Park Ridge, NJ school system. In the early seventies she and her husband moved to Tennessee where their daughter and family settled. She lived in the Appalachian Christian Village until 2002 when she became a resident at Marshall Voss Health Care Center in Rockwood, TN. She is survived by her sister, Gertruida Den Held as well as nieces and nephews in the Netherlands; her daughter and son-in-law Sonja and Ron DuBois of Knoxville; granddaughter, Monique DuBois and Elise Chapman of Shiloh, Georgia. She leaves five great-grandchildren and her nephew John Vander Kaden in Canada. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City. In lieu of flowers: donations may be made to: Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Remembrance Authority, P.O.Box 3477, Jerusalem 91034. A graveside service is scheduled for Monday, August 7, 2006 in the Monte Vista Memorial Park, under the direction of Pastor Don Muncie. A visitation will immediately follow the service at the church, 105 S. Boone St., Johnson City.