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Frederik "Peek" Siewertsz van Reesema III, M.D.

Frederik “Peek” Siewertsz van Reesema III, M.D., of Chelsea, Michigan, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Peek was a longtime resident of Ann Arbor and Chelsea since emigrating from the Netherlands at the age of 28. He was born May 8, 1926 in Semarang, Java, Indonesia to Frederik Siewertsz van Reesema II and Martine Marie Siewertsz van Reesema-Ris. Peek is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Carole Ann Reynolds S. van Reesema; his brothers, Henri (Priscilla) S. van Reesema of Cheltenham, Australia and Ernst S. van Reesema of Adelaide, Australia; his children and grandchildren, Frederik & Marelvi S. van Reesema IV, Frederik V & Peter, of Chelsea, MI; Martine & Craig Blogin, Derek & Nicholas, of Ann Arbor, MI; Bryan & Jamie S. van Reesema, Lauren & Willem, of Virginia Beach, VA; Willem & Kristin S. van Reesema, Noah & Julia, of Chelsea, MI; and Minta & David Hissong, Alexander, Lucas, & Martine, of Medfield, MA. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins in the United States, Australia and the Netherlands.

Peek’s life journey was very interesting and fulfilling. He grew up in Java, Dutch East Indies. WWII separated him from his family for many years when he left Java and his parents for Holland with his brother, Henri, for his High School education and their younger brother, Ernst, went to Australia. Peek supported the Dutch resistance to the Nazi occupation and after the liberation of Holland, Peek joined the Dutch military and then attended the University of Leiden where he received his M.D. degree in 1953. His desire to leave a changed Holland and a toss of a dart with a friend led him on a journey via the SS Groote Beer to New York and on to Michigan in September 1954. He took a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he met Carole, and married in 1956. In 1959, he became a U.S. citizen, started his private practice in Internal Medicine and became a member of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital medical staff. In 1972, he joined Chelsea Community Hospital and from 1975-1994 he was the Chief and Vice-president for Medical Affairs. During this time he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Chelsea Community Hospital. Peek was also the Medical Director of the Lutheran Retirement Center which later became known as Glacier Hills from 1975-1990. Peek loved to teach. He was an active teaching member of the Department of Medicine of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and from 1960-1990 he was a clinical assistant professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Peek retired in 1996 and continued to serve and support his family and the community he loved. He was a founding member of the Chelsea Rotary club from 1987-present and received the Paul Harris Award for his “Service above Self”. He was an active member at St. Paul Church UCC in Chelsea for 40 years where he served on many councils. He loved to read, attend music events and travel the world to see his extended family but his true love was spending time with his family at his cottage on Burt Lake - sailing, swimming, golfing, skiing, fixing things and enjoying the sunsets.

The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, MI on Wednesday, February 15, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m, and on Thursday, February 16 from 1-1:45 p.m. at St. Paul UCC prior to the service. A Memorial Service with his family and friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Chelsea, MI, with the Rev. Wallace J. Tatara. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Chelsea Rotary Foundation, P.O.Box 426, Chelsea, MI, 48118 for local and international Rotary service projects.


-1 #13 Martine Phoenix 2017-02-22 21:25
What a wonderful man, husband and father. Wish we could be there with you. All our love. Martine and Michael. Xx
0 #12 Lindy 2017-02-22 20:58
Thinking of you all today as you farewell a wonderful caring man. I have such fond memories of my time spent with you all as a family and often think back to the morning uncle peek took me shopping on my own and patiently waited while I tried on coats as I had arrived in Michigan in winter completely unprepared for such cold. A kind patient thoughtful man. You are all so blessed to have had him in your life.
0 #11 William & Sarah Ball 2017-02-21 14:39
With very heavy hearts we are ao sorry for your loss. You are all in our continued thoughts and prayers .
Billy & Sarah Ball & Gerald Wenk
0 #10 Michelle Barrette 2017-02-16 19:00
Minta, Dave, Alex, Lucas, and Martine - Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Know that your family is in our prayers.
0 #9 Kelly Stump Ostroski 2017-02-14 00:05
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire van Reesema family. I wish I could be there in person to share in celebrating such a wonderful man.
+1 #8 Steve Check 2017-02-13 17:39
Many fond memories of Dr. van Reesema...St. Paul church, Burt lake, and dad of Bryan (my high school and college friend)...a really good man.

God bless the van Reesema family

Steve Check and Betty Check
0 #7 Jennifer Carlson 2017-02-12 22:44
Dear Van Reesma family, Your dad was quite a special man! What a blessing to have him with you for so many wonderful years. Please extend our sympathies to your mom. You are all in our prayers at this difficult time. We pray as you are all together, that you are able to smile and laugh through your tears when looking at pictures and talking about all the wonderful times spent with him.
With Love,
Steve,Jen, Andrew and Kirsten Carlson
0 #6 Juliet McGlinch 2017-02-12 10:50
To the entire van Reesema Family we send our deepest sympathy. Peek was a very respected, kind, and thoughtful person. We have enjoyed knowing him and the entire family for per 45 years. We have great memories with Peek and the entire family at Burt Lake and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


the Family of Mike McGlinch
0 #5 Jim and Gail Finch 2017-02-11 18:03
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.
0 #4 Rick Beaupre 2017-02-11 14:41
Doc was a terrific man who was both intelligent and compassionate. He knew how to incorporate humor with wisdom. He constantly gave of himself to his family and the community. He was proud of his family and they are proud of him. His legacy will live on through the many lives that he touched. What more could a man wish for. Praying his family finds comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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