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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Commercial Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

My Pieter went to Heaven on April 30

 
This photo I selected for his obituary as it embodies him so perfectly!
A happy and humble man 

Pieter J.C. Vedder SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Commercial Mushroom Cultivation and Education passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at his home.

Pieter was born on april 29, 1929, in Duiven, the Netherlands during the Great Depression, the youngest son of three. He was baptized the same day in the Catholic St. Andreas Church of Groessen. There he was a member of the Church choir, from his youth on.

The war years left a deep impression on Pieter's entire life. Being evacuated and finding the house half bombed when they returned home, as well as the glass greenhouses in shards. Pieter's Dad grew peaches, plums, grapes, and tomatoes under glass.

Pieter played the accordion for the recording of a spoken letter to his two brothers who were deployed in Indonesia during the national revolution.

Training partially interrupted for his military service, from 4 October 1950 to 1 February 1952. Graduated in 1957 with university education in Wageningen, for horticulture and horticultural engineering, with excellent grades. Pieter also had a degree in teaching.

In 1957 he became assistant A of the Research Station for Mushroom Cultivation.

In 1961 he published his first publication Modern Mushroom Growing; 5 more editions followed.

In 1962 he became an instructor and head of the Education Department and was involved in the establishment of the Center for Mushroom Cultivation Education.

Pieter's Dad died on April 21, 1967, so he knew that his youngest became principal!

By 1978, his book had been translated into 5 languages and was called a unique achievement by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Directorate of Agricultural Education. Total of 9 languages now and has been called the MUSHROOM BIBLE.

Pieter was very active as a Committee Member for Youth Affairs, in the municipality of Horst.

Also, as Chairman of Youth and Nature

Member of the Board of Housing and Management, Venray–Horst region

Member of the Dean's Financial Committee of the Deanery of Horst

Member of the Diocesan Financial Commission Limburg

Pieter was a member of the Rotary Club Venray, since May 11 of 1976 and President Rotary Club Venray 1978/1979

Honorary President Rotary Club Royal Forest of Dean in U.K. 1978/1979

Rotary member Montebelluna, Italy

Rotary member Dublin, Georgia and Paul Harris Fellow 1996/1997 now Honorary member for several years.

In 1982, Pieter received the Sinden Award from the Mushroom Growers Association in the U.K.—the highest accolade in the Mushroom Industry.

Worked for Campbell Soup International as Vice President Training and Development from August 1983 to March 1989.

People to People Citizen Ambassador in March/April 1987. Pieter, being a world renown mushroom expert, got chosen for joining a group of 10, to visit Universities, lecturing and making field trips on behalf of the Mushroom Industry. His employer Campbell Soup did fully cover his expenses.

Head of the Technology Division at Fungi del Montello in Italy from 1 March 1989 to February 1990.

Dieng Djaya in Indonesia from 1 March 1990 to April 1992 and until 2001 as a consultant.

International Consultant with partner Mariette from 1992 to 2004 and only then time for our own house and garden. Pieter played the Es–trumpet and trombone while in the military. Pieter also played the organ for the Catholic Church, and he played the accordion. Music was one of his hobbies, as were photography and gardening. He also loved cycling and did so on his E–bike until April 7, 2024
In 2020, we together self–published our book 'modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting' for print on demand worldwide. In this way, Pieter's intellect has been preserved and thousands more can benefit from it. Quite proud that it is listed in the U.K. as a university textbook.

Thus ends an intensive but very humble life, focused on Commercial Mushroom Cultivation Education and also a life of always being there for others and often pro bono. We both have always been very committed to lifting the stigma around leprosy, something Princess Diana did so intensely. A biblical disease of people who have no voice. We visited the same leprosy hospital near Jakarta, Indonesia that Princess Diana did visit and helped raise funds for those voiceless.

Pieter was a great supporter and board member of the local Heart of Georgia Community Concert Association and the Dublin Association of Fine Arts, Inc. Under his leadership and diplomacy, the two merged.

Pieter's Dad died in 1967 and his mother in 1989. Middle brother Toon in 2006 and eldest brother Thé in 2012. He has an adopted daughter Liz Vedder in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and foster daughter Anita Anggraeni in Semarang, Indonesia. His goddaughter and niece Myriam with daughters Sanne and partner with great–great niece Bobbie, Lotte and son Auke, and niece Judith (Hems) and great–niece Nienke.

His wife of over 40 yers, Mariette VandenMunckhof–Vedder

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday May 10, 2024 at Dublin First Methodist Church.

Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory/Dublin Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

Related links:
Our Final Easter Together | wrote my final letter to Pieter...
Pieter's Music Booklet from WWII Era | how Pieter learned to play his first accordion

140 comments:

  1. I am so very sorry, and so very sad for your loss.
    Hugs and purrs.

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    1. Dearest Eastside Cats,
      It is a loss for the entire world...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. It was a life well spent! May Peter's soul rest in peace! May God strenghten you, Mariette, and family, during this period of grief!

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    1. Dearest Duta,
      Pieter sure spent his life very well! He no doubt did receive his heavenly reward.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Pieter most assuredly recognized the gifts and talents God gave him and used it to our Lord's glory throughout his life. I'm sure Heaven is rejoicing and God is praising: "Well done, good and faithful servant." He will always live in your heart; that's what true love does.
    Blessings, Mariette, and may God's mercy and comfort surround you.

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    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Pieter absolutely used his many talents to the fullest!
      He no doubt got welcomed HOME in Heaven and from there he will guide me...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. E' una grande perdita cara Mariette,ti sono vicina.Riposa in pace Pieter.

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    1. Cara Olga,
      È certamente una grande perdita. Grazie per le sue parole.
      Abbracci,
      Mariette

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  5. Hello Mariette, How we will all miss Pieter, you most of all! Looking over your resume of his achievements, there is a notable balance between professional and charitable/personal events, and even these do not document his encyclopedic knowledge and abilities that we have all enjoyed hearing about through your blog. His professional duties were also accomplished with a quick intelligence, wit, and understanding that you also thankfully have documented. No wonder he (and you) have so many friends of all types, all over the world, in addition to loving family.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      So very true that Pieter will be missed by many and above all by me—he was my rock and especially the last year. Pieter indeed was active in lots of charitable events and in his very last days he still pondered if he had done enough... Pieter read his obituary and edited it just a little but approved of it.
      Indeed his quick intelligence, wit and full understanding stood out. I'm grateful for at least having documented part of that.
      That worldwide love will now carry me through...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Such sad news, Mariette. Peter's accomplishments will be remembered for years to come. How you will miss him. May God grant you daily grace and strength.

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    1. Dearest Lorrie,
      Yes, no doubt Pieter's accomplishments will be remembered and his intellect still is serving thousands through our latest publication.
      Yes, I miss my caretaker very much and pray daily for strength to manage on my own.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. You wrote a beautiful obituary celebrating his life. May God give you comfort and strength during this hard time.

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    1. Dearest Terra,
      Glad I managed to write his obituary timely and have him edit it just a little and approve of it.
      Yes, strength I do need, especially for managing with my severe pain in stent–graft area.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. A life well-lived with wisdom and honor. Despite all the health issues in recent years, it is a testament to his zest for life and love that he was still reading a bike just weeks before his passing. The photo you chose for his obituary is certainly fitting for the decades invested and ensconced in education and the sharing of knowledge and passion. My heart goes out to you Mariette and I send lots of hugs and continued wishes for your own healing. Take care.

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Yes, God gifted Pieter with strength and a sharp mind until the very end. He was an avid reader and had his Samsung tablet still on his hospital bed (the final 3 nights) till it did slide off. And riding his bike some 3 weeks before. So wish I could have been riding with him as he felt so lonely doing it by himself. But my strength did not let me...
      This was the only photo I found perfect for his passion for educating others about commercially growing mushrooms.
      Thank you for your love—well received.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. The paths continue...
    Dear Mariette, I am very sorry, what a terrible loss, so unbelievable and yet not unexpected.
    As you get older, you have the thought of change in front of you... and I'm so glad that you don't have it when you're young... that you can enjoy your youth to the fullest... with strength and Beauty. You both did that in an exemplary manner.
    All the best and my sincere condolences.
    Viola

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    1. Dearest Viola,
      Yes, marrying an almost 22 year older husband made me early on very much aware of this possibility—we both lived very realistic!
      So glad that I managed to write under the blog label: P.J.C. Vedder's Memoirs and P.J.C. Vedder's Publications amongst many as Mega Task and about our Home and Garden. The label Friendship encompasses his world wide mutual love of people.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. It showed in his face and in his attitude, that he had a big heart and that God chose just the right woman to be by his side all these years... You.
    He gave so much and received so many beautiful words in his obituary and I'm sure that every word was ment it.
    A great man, that a Greater God joined together with a great woman.
    Praying for you, sweet friend.

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    1. Dearest Paula,
      Yes, indeed it showed in Pieter's face and attitude and this photo proofed that so very well.
      Pieter read and approved his own obituary and even did some editing.
      Sure I am so blessed for having been married to my Pieter for over 40 years. He had observed me since June of 1969 and knew my family well as his Mom and my Paternal Grandma were best friends. God indeed planned it all very well!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Mariette, what an amazing and full life Pieter had. His accomplishments are incredible and I
    know you, his family, his friends and Pieter himself were so very happy and proud of each one.
    I will say a few prayers for you on Friday. I send my condolences, hugs and loves . Laura

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    1. Dearest Laura,
      Guess his life could not have been fuller as he stayed so active till the very end. He was my sole caretaker and managed to do so with love—even if this shortened his life.
      The best sight was when he got emotional on his Birthday by all the warmth and love showered upon him! He so deserved that and for me a forever beautiful memory of my extremely humble Pieter. Spooky boy was with him till the very end... So touching!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Your dear Pieter lived a full life of many achievements and will be remembered by so many whose lives he touched. You have shared only a brief list of how he has worked hard and affected the whole world. May he rest in peace and you will be with him in God sometime in the future. We know this is how God takes us in. Yours, Lynn XX

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    1. Dearest Lynn,
      Well, I've touched many of the stories under the 186 posts about P.J.C. Vedder's Memoirs... he is so being loved the world over!
      Yes, our strong Faith got us this far and also will see me through this solo period and with Pieter always at my side—our souls are fused together.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Lieve Mariette,
    Gecondoleerd met het verlies van Pieter. Ik lees in je vorige bericht dat je je al zorgen maakte over hem. Moeilijk om je grote liefde te laten gaan. Fijn om te weten dat je uiteindelijk weer met hem samenkomt. Voor nu veel sterkte en ik denk aan je!
    Lieve groet Willy

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    1. Lieve Willy,
      Dank je zeer voor het medeleven en ja, ik zag het zeker aankomen... Alleen met een diep geloof kun je elkaar laten gaan—wetende dat we weer bij elkaar zijn 'straks' en Pieter waakt altijd over mij.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  14. Mariette, Pieter was incredibly accomplished and talented, a full life indeed. I'm so glad he was out on his bike just a few weeks before he passed, that he still had that time with you.

    You have been much on my mind. I hope you have good support around you, please be gentle with yourself and take care. Wishing you blessings and peace.

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Yes, Pieter was exceptional in every way and still so very humble! Most people never knew the true depth of him. Oh, how I'd loved to ride my bike with him—he often said he felt so lonely doing so... But I've not yet gotten my strength back post accident and the constant pain keeps me from doing a lot of things. Pieter was my best help and caretaker and now he watches over me.
      Yes, the support by dear friends is overwhelming—it is one of the many plusses of living in the South!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. I'm so very sorry for your devastating loss. Pieter certainly was an accomplished man and your lives together remarkable. I hope you find comfort in others around you in your journey through grief. It is a process. All I know is love never dies. It is part of the consciousness that continues on. My heart goes out to you.

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    1. Dearest Wendy,
      Yes, it is a devastating loss and more so since my post–accident pain is still with me. Pieter was my caretaker... Yes, Pieter accomplished so much and is being missed by many from all over the world.
      Our souls remain fused together and that will guide me home as well. That and the love from so many dear friends!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Big healing hugs. ♥

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  17. Dearest Mariette,
    Pieter's remarkable life and numerous achievements have left a lasting impact on so many. From his pioneering work in mushroom cultivation to his dedication to charitable causes, Pieter's legacy will continue to inspire others for years to come.

    May you find comfort in the memories you shared and in knowing that his spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew and admired him.

    Love, hugs, prayers and blessings

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    1. Dearest Veronica,
      Yes, indeed remarkable achievements and he touched the lives of so many.
      It is a tremendous comfort to read and hear from so many—who knew him and I'm grateful that the Angels above nudged me in time for writing his Memoirs here on this blog.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. No oh no!!! I sit here sobbing. I am beyond sorry, shocked. Devastated for you, for everyone who knew and loved Pieter .. respected his intellect, talent. My dearest Mariette .. is there anything I can do? My words are not going to help, but please please know they come from my heart and soul. Please reach out if you feel a need ... hdwoonie23@gmail.com or 541.639.6527. Sending every ounce of love and healing energy I possess.

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Thank you so much for your love and your kind words here.
      Just pray that Pieter's Memorial Service will go well and that we can share it with others around the world.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. He was a great man. A wonderful obituary.

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      He sure was larger than life and his legacy will live on! Pieter read and corrected the obituary—so proud of having done that timely.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Mariette my goodness this is lovely about your beloved Pieter. Your devotion to him was evident in each line.
    My sincere condolences
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Dearest Cecilia,
      The best thing is that Pieter corrected and approved of this obituary!
      We always did things together...
      Thanks for your sympathy!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. My comment didn't post...maybe you approve them first

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    1. Yes indeed, Cecilia I have comment moderation on due to still some ugly spammers!

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  22. I am glad I was alone while reading this, so I didn't have to explain why I was crying, I have been expecting this post for awhile but still it upset me to read he has passed. This was such a lovely tribute to him. This I know will be a hard time for you, he was your soulmate.

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      It sure is a hard time to make do without that loving/caring soulmate who happened to be my caretaker...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  23. What a lovely eulogy. Healing hugs, my dear.

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  24. You two really were a match made in heaven. Hugs and love to you during this most difficult time. Thank you for telling us about Pieter and his amazing and accomplished life.

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    1. Dearest Terry,
      Thank you and yes, we were made for one another and were quite happy for over 40 years, with God's rich blessing of keeping us alive and well.
      My stories on this blog under the labels: P.J.C. Vedder's Memoirs; P.J.C. Vedder's Publications; Family Memoirs and under Friendship had to be shared! Did do so in a timely manner and Pieter loved to read them and reflect on our lives and he sure enjoyed reading the comments on his iPadPro!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  25. How blessed you were to have each other. Pieter was very accomplished and kind. I can see why you are so proud of him. I am very sorry for your loss. XO

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    1. Dearest Ellen,
      Yes, we both have been very blessed and for a long time!
      Pieter was the most kind and very humble person.
      We will meet again and meanwhile Pieter is beside me as our souls are fused for eternity.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. My friend, I am so very sorry for your loss. You two were the most lovely couple, and your love will span eternity. Please accept my prayers for him and for you.

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    1. Dearest Billie Jo,
      Thank you so much for your words here—they mean a lot to me and yes, our love will live through eternity!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  27. We denken aan je. Heel veel kracht voor vandaag gewenst, lieve Mariette🙏Soft Pawkisses to comfort you and the kitties🐾😽💞

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    1. Beste Marlene,
      Dank je zeer en hopelijk stopt de vreselijke regen met onweer in tijd...
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  28. I am so very sorry for your loss.
    When I hear a name "Pieter" from now on, I will remember your Pieter.
    My sincere condolences.

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    1. Dearest RTC,
      Thank you so very much and no doubt my Pieter will be remembered the world over by many.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  29. Siento tan lamentable pérdida. Ha sido un gran hombre y su gran trabajo, queda ahí, para ser recordado.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Sin duda, Pieter siempre será recordado por su gran trabajo. Acabo de tener su servicio conmemorativo y se siente bien.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  30. Oh, My...
    I haven't been able to 'visit' for a while, and so I missed a few posts, sadly. And now I read that your beloved and wonderful Pieter was called to his heavenly home.
    What an amazing life he led, and you are blessed to have been part of it for a very long time...though likely in your opinion, not long enough.

    May God strengthen you and surround you with His comforting arms, and give you much peace.

    My heart aches for you, and I send you my sincere sympathy and many big hugs.

    Sterkte, hoor.
    Veel liefs.

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    1. Dearest Ingrid,
      Pieter indeed led an amazing life and one full of love for others!
      He no doubt is enjoying his rewards in heaven—he IS Home indeed.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  31. My condolences on your loss of this wonderful and amazing and gentle man, your partner, your love and your joy throughout life ~ a blessing for you and for so many others. May he rest well forever.

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    1. Dearest Ann,
      Thank you so very much for your words here!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  32. Happy Mother's Day to cat mom Mariette. Kitties can be some of the best company. I hope you are coping well under the circumstances.

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    1. Dearest Wendy,
      Thank you and yes, kitties are as sweet as can be!
      Today has been a nice and quiet day and I feel a lot more rested.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  33. So sorry to read about the loss of your lovely husband. He was a very accomplished man and made a great contribution to many across our world. My condolences Mariette and take care.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Thank you for your words and indeed Pieter made a great contribution to many. Still he remained the most humble man one can imagine.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  34. What a humble and talented man. Praying for you. Hugs.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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    1. Dearest Regine,
      Yes, my Pieter was a very humble man yet almost larger than life...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Melissa,
      Thank you and Pieter is being missed the world over by so many...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  36. Olá, querida Mariette, infelizmente não consegui vir ver você antes,
    aqui estamos muito mal, meu Estado, Rio Grande do Sul, está uma tragédia,
    uma enchente de 2 semanas já, todo o Estado, nada escapou. Sem água,
    outros sem luz, e muitos sem internet, e outros tantos sem os três ao mesmo tempo.
    Hoje voltou a internet. E vim, tinha visto, mas quando pensem em vir ver você, trazer
    meu carinho, meus sentimentos, não deu mais. Foi um choque pra nós aqui em casa,
    chamei o Pedro para ver o que eu estava lendo...muito triste, amiga, quanta felicidade
    nós sentíamos em vocês daqui de longe, Peter e Mariette!
    Lendo sobre Peter aqui, só elogios e admiração!
    Que bom ver você e Peter na fotinho!
    Grande abraço, muita paz e saúde!

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    1. Prezada Taís,
      Que desastre natural no seu estado... Só se pode rezar e rezar muito que seja! Obrigado por sua simpatia e amor. Com certeza é extremamente difícil ver o amor da sua vida cair. Mas agradeço a Deus por sua mente ter permanecido afiada até o fim. Nossas almas estão para sempre fundidas e Pieter agora está cuidando de mim.
      Abraços,
      Mariette

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  37. Lieve Mariette,

    Ik schrok toen ik dit las.
    Allereerst gecondoleerd met het verlies van Pieter.

    Ik ben blij dat ik door jouw website Pieter en jou een beetje heb leren kennen.
    Heel talentvolle en lieve mensen, betekenisvol.

    Wat ook een mooie foto van Pieter.

    Ik wens jou veel licht, liefde en kracht toe Mariette de komende tijd.

    Liefs,
    Hilly

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    1. Lieve Hilly,
      Dank je wel en inderdaad was Pieter zeer talentvol en betekende hij erg veel voor velen.
      Die foto laat zien hoe hij was—enthousiast—vriendelijk en blij!
      De mooie herinneringen en ook de commentaren van mensen over de hele wereld dragen mij.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  38. Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss, Mariette. Pieter was an exceptional human being. I love the photo of him you chose. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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    1. Dearest Peter,
      Thank you and indeed, my Pieter was exceptional in many ways and unpretentious. That photo shows him being at his best—happy smiling and with mushrooms behind him.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  39. So sorry to hear about your dear husband Pieters passing, Mariette. What an incredible man Pieter was. My heartfelt condolences. Hugs, Betsy

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    1. Dearest Betsy,
      Yes, he was an incredible man and my true love for so long!
      Thanks for your words.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  40. Mariette, I am so sorry to read of Pieter's passing. Your obituary for him is a wonderful tribute to his amazingly accomplished life and a beautiful testament of the love the two of you shared. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers. - Kevin (meowmeowmans)

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    1. Dearest Kevin,
      Thanks for your words and as a matter of fact we both together wrote this obituary for him. Everything I've done got approved of by Pieter and discussed ahead of time.
      Now I live on with the incredible memories of a true love story—OURS! 💞
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  41. Olá, amiga Mariette, gostei muito de ter lido a biografia
    desse grande homem, o seu Pieter, companheiro seu de tantos anos,
    que certamente teve uma vida maravilhosa.
    Espero que você esteja bem, Mariette.
    Um bom final de semana,
    Grande abraço.

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    1. Caro Pedro,
      Obrigado por suas palavras e sim, estou bem. Sendo carregado pela memória amorosa e grata do meu Pieter por tantos em todo o mundo.
      Abraços,
      Mariette

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  42. I'm gratified that I can bring a little humour to you. You certainly seem to understand them more than most. Hope your kitties are well, and that you can find some peace along with them.

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    1. Dearest Wendy,
      The only difference is that I actually READ your posts!
      You are quite an artist with words and creating the images—always a pleasure to read.
      Kitties are a bit more back to 'normal' as they were grieving loudly and missed their Papi. Also we all got thrown off schedule due to many visits, calls and messages. Now we sleep enough and eat in time things look quite normal again.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  43. My dear Mariette. It is with great sadness that I learn of the departure of your beloved Pieter. I haven't been to the blog and now that I have read this news I cannot explain the enormous sadness I feel. I have tears because, not knowing them personally, I feel enormous affection for both of them. Those things that can't be explained. I believe that Mariette will forever feel the presence and warmth of her loved one, and this will give her the strength to continue.
    Receive a big hug
    Cristina

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    1. Dearest Cristina,
      Thank you for your words and no doubt my Pieter's presence remains with me forever! Together we will manage until we are united again...💞
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  44. Dearest Mariette; Oh ,My!!! I have no idea to send you what kind of the concordance in English. I admire the words you wrote here for your friends at the time of your biggest grief. His love for you surely forever in your heart. Please take care and I AM SURE his LOVE still with you looking at you up from the heaven.
    Lot's of LOVE from Japan Miyako,

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Guess your Japanese concordance is right in sync with my innerfeelings. It is by Faith that such a true love will never ever die—our souls remain and I feel guided by Pieter's soul. We are temporarily separated by bodily presence...
      Thanks for your love,
      Mariette

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  45. Dearest Mariette; It sure must not the feeling that no one else can understand..... Even so, I AM sure that your beloved Pieter is always with you thinking about you. This is the way or the words we Japanese think when our loved ones sent to Heven; Hope that you can have peace in your mind soon. Lot's of Love; Miyako

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Yes, my beloved Pieter will always remain with me and he is guiding me from Heaven till I myself will make it home.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  46. I´m so sorry for your lost...what a lovely picture of Pieter. I send you a big and warm hug...
    Love from Titti

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    1. Dearest Titti,
      Thank you and my Pieter is a big loss for the entire world as a great scientific pioneer left us. But his intellect is saved in our latest book.
      A big hug back to you—my Pieter visited your country...
      Mariette

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  47. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been away on holiday and only just read your sad news. My thoughts are with you.

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    1. Dearest Jackie,
      Thank you and hoping you had a lovely holiday!
      Life goes on and my Pieter is with me, our souls are forever connected until we meet again.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  48. So sorry to read this, but I also see that he was a great man. A man I would have liked to have met and had many conversations with.

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    1. Dearest Jim & Barb,
      Yes, Pieter was a great man and yet so humble! We might have been close to you when I took my Pieter out West: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2022/08/from-nebraskas-prairies-into-south.html
      How special that would have been for meeting other blog friends!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  49. Sending you hugs and love today.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  50. Peter sir, A great loss...
    Greatest Human,
    Greatest Teacher,
    Greatest Care taker,
    Greatest Mushroom Consultant...
    An Enlighten soul...
    We are at Loss...

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    1. Dear Reader,
      Yes, Pieter indeed was all the above!
      He sure left the world a better place for so many...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  51. Siento mucho tu dolor, y me parece muy lindo el exhaustivo homenaje que le haces, donde además de destacar su trabajo de investigación y el interesante legado que nos dejas, me gustaría resaltar el que vivió siendo una persona humilde y sencilla, valores muy importantes para una persona que triunfó profesionalmente.
    Un abrazo, amiga Mariette.

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    1. Querido Manuel,
      El obituario fue escrito por Pieter y por mí y lo leyó una semana antes de su muerte. Sí, mi Pieter era la persona más humilde y contenta imaginable. Él ayudó a tantos y ahora está siendo afligido por todo el mundo. Eso también me lleva a través.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  52. Hi Mariette
    I saw in my comments you wanted the name of the red plant on today's blog it is
    Heuchera
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Dearest Cecilia,
      Thanks for naming that 'stunning' red–leaved plant of yours!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    2. Also forgot to mention it's common name is Coral Belle

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  53. I’m so sorry for your loss. He lived quite a remarkable life.

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    1. Dearest Collie222,
      Thank you so very much and my Pieter sure lived a full and remarkable life!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  54. Lieve Mariette,

    Ik moest aan je denken.
    Daarom kom ik even langs op jouw blog.
    Ik hoop dat de herinnering aan Pieter jou tot troost mag zijn.

    Veel liefs van Hilly.

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    1. Lieve Hilly,
      Ja, dat is het zéker en elke dag voel ik me dankbaar voor zoveel liefde en ook zoveel jaren met hem. De hele wereld rouwt om hem en dat draagt mij letterlijk door deze periode.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  55. Liebe Mariette,
    alles Liebe für Dich. 💗
    Dein geliebter Pieter schaut lächelnd zu Dir hinab. 🥰
    Herzliche Umarmung von Traudi.

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  56. Marietto ściskam Cię mocno z utraty najdroższej tobie osoby. Pozdrawiam serdecznie

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    1. Najdroższa Małgorzato,
      Dziękuję bardzo i rzeczywiście był mi najdroższy... przez bardzo długi czas!
      Uściski,
      Mariette

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    2. Mariete przychodzi czas rostac się z najbliższy osobą . Trudno się rostać. W grudniu odeszła moja mama z którą byłam 60 lat.

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    3. Najdroższa Małgorzato,
      Bardzo trudno jest stracić Matkę lub współmałżonka. Ale świadomość, że ich dusza nigdy nie umiera, daje nam siłę i mamy teraz specjalnego Anioła, którego znamy z imienia – będzie nas prowadził, dopóki nie połączymy się ponownie. Ich dusza jest nam na zawsze bliska...
      Uściski,
      Mariette

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  57. Olá, querida Mariette, como está você?
    Obrigada pelo carinho, querida, uma ótima
    semana pra você!
    Abraços!

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    1. Querida Taís,
      obrigada e que o amor é mútuo. Sinto vontade de ser carregado pelo mundo inteiro nessa perda do meu Pieter. Ele certamente foi amado por milhares e seu legado continuará e sou grato por ter desempenhado um papel nisso.
      Abraços,
      Mariette

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  58. Mein herzliche Anteilnahme, liebe Mariette...deine Astrid Metzger

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    1. Liebe Astrid,
      Danke vielmals und liebe Grüße zu dir.
      Mariette

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  59. Sorry to be so late with commenting.
    So sorry for your loss. He was a remarkable man.
    Hugs, Nancy and purrs from Winnie

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    1. Dearest Nancy,
      Thank you and Pieter sure was remarkable—he left his mark.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  60. I am so sorry to be so late with my condolences. I only started reading your blog quite recently, and to my great regret, it is only now, after he has been called to his heavenly home, that I am learning to know your dear Pieter. What a beautiful tribute you wrote to him! May you find comfort in the many memories you and he created together.

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    1. Dearest J–Cats,
      Thank you very much and it sure is not late.
      Pieter's obituary we wrote together and I finished it on April 23 and Pieter made some corrections.
      Tuess there is no one with more special memories—such a rich life with this humble man.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  61. Gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Pieter. Je zult hem wel vreselijk missen. Hopelijk zal de herinnering aan jullie mooie en gelukkige tijd samen je sterkte geven dit gemis te dragen. Liefs!
    Josephine uit Deventer

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    1. Beste Josephine,
      Dank je wel en zeker mis je zo'n grote liefde maar daarvoor heb ik veel herinneringen in foto, video of in mijn blog label onder P.J.C. Vedder's Memoirs. Ook in de tuin en in huis is er zoveel wat hij met eigen handen heeft gemaakt, onder Mega Task staan ook heel wat verhalen met foto's en al. Mooie herinneringen voor altijd in mijn hart!
      Met een sterk Geloof red ik dit best en ik heb nu een heel bijzonder Engel die over mij waakt...
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  62. Sending you so much love. Hope you’re doing well.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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    1. Dearest Regine,
      Thank you and so far I manage to live through all the extra things that are coming my way.
      One day it will be back to normal routine!
      With a strong Faith so far I manage well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  63. Dear Mariette, promise I have never played strip poker, poem was pure imagination! I hope my comment finds you doing as well as possible ~~ still sending tons of love and massive quantities of healing energy.

    Love,
    Helen

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Oh, I sure knew this was imagination but still my reply to it is valid and knowing you are with me on that! Thanks for your love.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  64. Funny, I always thought you guys lived in McDonough, Georgia. Everytime we stopped there to go strawberry picking I wondered where you lived in relationship to the farm. I was wrong. Curious, what sparked Pieters interest in mushrooms in the first place? He certainly lived a full life! I very much like the photo you choose. He looks like he might have been a bit cheeky. In regards to my friend Dorothy, yes she was of Dutch descent. How her family came to live in Australia I don't know.

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    1. Dearest Kelleyn,
      Haha, our radiolgosit friend and his wife live in McDonough so there IS a link!
      That is an intelligent question and I've answered that in one of my blogposts under the label: P.J.C. Vedder's Memoirs.
      Pieter was officially still an Assistent at State Horticulture Information Service, specialized in Asparagus.
      But Fred Atkins' book kind of changed Pieter's destiny forever!
      https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2021/06/fred-atkins-book-mushroom-growing-to.html
      You can read the full story there... And the rest is history!
      Both of us have always been able to trace one's heritage by their last name and this was again a correct guess.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  65. Your beautiful blog makes his life so vivid and remarkable. Thank you for sharing it with us. Mein Beileid. Kristen Miller

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    1. Dearest Kristen,
      Thank you so much for stopping by here!
      Well, for years I've worked hard to capture Pieter's Memoirs and he so enjoyed reading them. Finally time to sit back and relax after a super active life.
      But it sure has been rewarding and friendships from around the world are a great possession.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  66. Thanks for continuing to fill us in on your incredible life with your husband. I also appreciate your detailed responses to Dani's funnies. I am just glad that you enjoy them.

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    1. Dearest Wendy,
      Dani's funnies bring so much joy and also admiration!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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