Adriana Houtriet Finberg

February 19, 1921 - January 28, 2010
Adriana Houtriet Finberg

Teuntje Adriana Houtriet Finberg died Thursday, January 28, 2010 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

She died as she lived, surrounded by family. Adriana was born on February 19, 1921 in Arnhem Holland to Pieter and Sjaan Houtriet. She was the first of five children, followed by Gerrit, Geertje, Sjaan, and Pieter.

She will be remembered by her children, Sheri and Wyndel Watson and John Braswell all of Wilmington, grandchildren Mark Watson and Kat, Lisa Watson Amato and Pete, Kathy Watson Conner, Amy Watson Croom and Mac, and Jade Braswell, great-grandchildren Jason Amato, Mark Watson, Jr., Benjamin and Caleb Conner, Trey, Andrew, Jac, and Camden Croom, and Kristen and Emma Doyle. Also surviving are her sister, Geertje Onstein of Brockville, Canada, her brother, Pieter Houtriet of Arnhem, Holland, Renee’ Braswell, Kay Watson and numerous nieces and nephews in Wilmington, Canada, and Holland.

At the age 13, she traveled alone to America aboard the SS Vollendam to finish her education. She graduated from New Hanover High School in 1939. She married Hyatt Braswell later that year. Although they divorced, they remained friends throughout the years. In 1970, she married Louis Finberg.

Adriana was most proud of her family. Her life centered around all of her children. She sang the Dutch lullaby, “Slaap Kinje Slaap” and told childhood stories from Holland to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family will long remember, “Ik hou van jou, lieve schat” or “I love you, my little sweetheart”. Affectionately known as “Memommy”, she became everyone’s “Memommy” that she knew. Remaining proud of her Dutch heritage, she was not stubborn, but had “Dutch determination”. She lived the last nine years at the Woods at Holly Tree as an active participant in their many plays, productions, and bingo. At the Woods, she developed close relationships and was known for welcoming newcomers. She will be remembered for singing “Stille Nacht” or Silent NIght in Dutch every year at Christmas. Adriana sang “Stille Nacht” one last time this past Christmas at the Woods.

In honoring her wishes, there will be a celebration of her birth and life on February 20th at 4:00p.m. at the Woods at Holly Tree, the day after her 89th birthday. Please wear pink, purple, or bright colors in her memory. The family will inter her ashes this spring on the Amato’s farm in Clover, S.C. in a tulip garden planted in her memory.

Her love of animals was close behind her love of family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local humane society.

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  • January 31, 2010
    Wendy & Charles says:
    Dear Sheri, Wendell, Johnny and family, Charlie, Brad, Carrie and I were very saddened to hear of Tante Ternie's passing. She was a wondering woman, strong and courageous. We have missed her visits to Canada and calls on our birthdays. We will always remember how much she loved all of you and was so proud of each of her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildern. Sheri I don't know if you remember when you and I and Mammy and Ternie went out for dinner and how many laughs we had! Please hold her tight in your memories and although you are sad I know that she would want you to carry on and be happy for all the blessing you have had with her. We send our love to each of you. Wendy, Charlie, Brad and Carrie

  • February 02, 2010
    Jeanne and Gerry Smith says:
    Dear Sherry Wendell, Johnny and familys, Gerry, Mom, Myself and family just want to let you know we are thinking of you at your time of loss and how we will miss Tante Teuni. She rarely forgot a birthday or special occasion. She always enjoyed Christina's xmas letters and I know she will be sadly missed by each and everyone . I especially enjoyed our conversations when she called and I always got caught up on the latest news about the family. Love to all, Jeanne, Gerry, Grace(Mom) and family

  • January 19, 2014
    Petra en Patricia says:
    I'm very sad to read our Aunt Teuni has passed away in 2010.We often talked about her and her visits to us in Arnhem Holland,Now we still have our memories of her in our heart.May all brothers and sisters be together in heaven and have lots of fun and laufter. Goodbye we love you!!!