Nettie (Nan) Riedel van Raaphorst was an amateur biologist; family historian; writer; teacher of Latin, German, and English; and unofficial materfamilias of her large circle of family and friends.
Born in Minden City, Michigan, on December 5, 1906, she lived half her life in Michigan and half in California.
In spite of complications from a stroke she suffered at the age of 82, she lived a full life until her death in June 2000 at the age of 93.
She was proud that the family history she collected all her life was published in two books sent to many family members and friends, and also donated to the LDS (Mormon) Church Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Her intellectual curiosity, love of life, and indomitable spirit have been an inspiration to many people whose lives she touched.
Nan was thrilled to have her own website in “the age of technology.” News From Nan continues in her memory.
Nan’s writings (PDF files)
- Nan’s European Diary, 1934 (travel journal)
- Nan’s Alaskan Diary, 1938 (travel journal)
- The Cat and the Dove, 1970, 1986 (reminiscence)
- Crucifixion (true story of a drowning in Lake Huron)
- Cats (stories about two of the Riedel family cats, Daisy and Mehitabel)
- Books (short essay about the Riedel family’s love of books)
For more information
- Riedel-Schreiter family history (2014) (history of the Riedel and Schreiter families)