The crypt 111 Zuid Oost is, just like the two mentioned before, a double one and thus covered with a large stone. Here is stated ‘Familiegraf Kolff’. Buried here is Abraham (‘Bram’) Kolff (1873-1941), to whom the Kolff Family Association thanks the Kolff Family Fund. He was named after his grandfather, Abraham van Stolk, an important person in the cultural history of Rotterdam. His parents, the couple Kolff-van Stolk, are also buried in this grave, just as his sister, his brother Jan, and sister-in-law. One brother-in-law, J.A. van Oosterzee, has been buried in another, single crypt, numbered 3 Noord Oost. The remains from this crypt, property of the Van Oosterzee family, have later been transferred to to the above mentioned crypt 111 Zuid Oost. On this occasion the part with the enscriptions of the covering stone of 3 Noord Oost have been cut out and placed on the stone of the ‘Familiegraf Kolff’. As an exception to the rule the names of the buried, so including the Van Oosterzee family, all appear on this part of the stone.
The eldest son of the couple Kolff-Hollertt, D.H.A. Kolff (my great-great-grandfather) bought the single crypt 48 Zuid West when his wife, J.E. Kolff-Rouffaer died in 1878. In 1909 he was buried here himself. My earliest memory of Hillegersberg is that of a visit to this crypt – I think this was June 1945, when I went there with my father (Benjamin Kolff, 1902-1982). My fathers’ mother, who died quite young in 1915, is also buried there. While I froliced over the graves my father was getting water to place flowers in a small tin can on the crypt.
Let us always honour these graves keep them, as a family, in good condition. At Hillegersberg still burials take place. Maybe the present Rotterdammers in our family will pick up this tradition once again.
Dirk Kolff, archivist
(translated by Marius Kolff, CBCD XVIIw4)