BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Conny Ketting, a longtime Bedford Hills resident, died Nov. 30 from complications of a stroke she had in May. She was 87.
Ketting was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies (present day Indonesia). Her father, Cornelis Van Rossen, was a governor of several provinces on the island of Java.
After the outbreak of World War II, Ketting spent three and a half years in five different Japanese concentration camps and suffered malnutrition. In 1946, she and her parents left for the Netherlands. She obtained a teaching degree in the Hague.
Ketting immigrated to the U.S. in 1949 to continue her studies at Columbia University Teachers College. The next year, she married Jaap Ketting.
Shortly after getting married, the couple moved toBedford Hills, where Ketting remained for 62 years. She was a past member of the Bedford Hills Woman’s Club. She loved nature and the outdoors and maintained a large collection of well-stocked bird feeders in her yard.
Her husband died in April.
Ketting is survived by her son, Jaap Jan, of Princeton, N.J.; and her daughter-in-law, Regina; a sister-in-law, Cornelia aan de Wiel, of Rotterdam, Netherlands; and two grandchildren.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 15 at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. A private cremation was held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bedford Hills Historical Museum, P.O. Box 331, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.