January 7, 2022.
In Memoriam: Dave Henise (79), USA.
The Henise family members were André Rieu fans from the
beginning. The photo on the left was taken during a Meet &
Greet, following a concert in Cincinnati (USA) in 2005.
In 2007 we personally met the Henisees in Maastricht. At that
time fans who knew each other from Sonja’s translations
website (it is still there, click HERE), guestbook “the Harmony
Parlor”) and wore a red rose corsage, which was a way fans
could recognize each other. Facebook back then did not yet
exist. The closest of friendships were formed during those
Pictures below: left: Dave, his wife Suzie and Ingrid (Suzie’s
sister). Right: the fan picnic in Maastricht 2007 (with Sue).
In September of that year (2007) Ruud and I planned a holiday to the USA, visiting a few of our friends in
California: John/Bobbie, Ruth/Jim and Dave/Suzie. We have the most wonderful memories from that
holiday. The Henisees took us for a boat trip on Lake Almanor and to the Lassen Volcanic National Park.
We also met Suzie’s lovely mother Julie Spengler (82 years old in 2007) who was the biggest André fan of
the family. She organized André Rieu parties with friends and neighbors, with refreshments, at her home.
Dave was one of the initiators of the yearly “Wheel around Lake Almanor Festival” to raise money in order
to buy wheelchairs and hand cycles for disabled people. In 2007 we participated in the 10 years jubilee of
the wheelchair races around the lake.
In 2013 Dave suffered a severe stroke. Due to the stroke Dave was paralyzed on his left side. Suzie took
care of him at home for 7 years, and a few years ago he was placed into a care home.
In 2022 he suffered another stroke and passed away a few days later.
We are so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We wish them strength in bearing this loss
during these difficult times. Suzie told us that her mother is still going strong, she is 96 and still lives alone.
Much love to all of you, from Ruud and Ineke.
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA.
Ruud’s 52nd birthday was celebrated at home
with the Henisees in Lake Almanor, Calfornia.
Suzie’s mother Julie Spengler, lived elsewhere in
Ca. but she also had a cabin in Lake Almanor.
March 24, 2022.
We are so sorry to hear about Jean’s passing on March 24, 2022. On the picture above Jean and Alan
share the fan dinner table with Terry and Linda Kirkman (UK) in 2019. Linda wrote on Facebook: “Those of
you who remember Jean Willis, who with her husband Alan was a regular visitor at the London and
Maastricht concerts, as well as sometimes in the USA, where her sister lives out there, will be sorry to
hear that she passed away yesterday after fighting cancer for several months. Her dearest wish had been
to attend the London concerts in May, but sadly it was not to be”.
We met them in the course of several years in Maastricht. Jean was a lovely lady. The photo with the red
roses was taken in 2018. The bouquet was sent to her by André Rieu Productions, for winning an André
quiz. She was very proud of that! Red roses from André!!!
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to Alan, who has to miss his wife for 62 years, and the family.
We wish them much strength to bear the loss. Dear Jean, rest in peace.
Suze Peedell on Facebook:
April 21st 2022:
It is with great sadness that I need to inform the
Harmony Parlor group of the death of our
group member Moira Harwood.
Moira died suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday 21 April
(by a sad coincidence it was her 58th Birthday), just a few hours
after attending Andre's concert in Manchester. She wrote to me
in the early hours of Thursday morning to tell me that she had
really enjoyed the concert.
We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Our sincere condolences to all her family and friends.
Rest in peace Moira.
March 29, 2022.
Linda Myatt (from the USA) on Facebook:
“On March 29, 2022, my friend Jennifer
Lauch passed away after a long battle with
She was a good friend and we had such fun
times together, both in Maastricht and in the
UK. Many times we would message back and
forth, even late at night. I shall miss her very
much. The cancer took her. She once told me
that she posted all the details, so they might
help some one else. God bless you, my dear
Jennifer attended the Maastricht concerts in
2012, 13, 14 and 15. May she rest in peace.
From left to right: Ineke, Linda, Jennifer, Marcel Falize.
27 May 2022.
Alijda Huisert-Smit (99) NL.
(Sonja Harper’s mother).
May 28, 2022.
Sonja on Facebook:
“Sadly my sweet wonderful
Mom did not quite make
her 100th birthday (July 2).
She peacefully passed
away yesterday morning.
My brother and I were with
her. She was serenaded by
the beautiful song of a
black bird when she left.
I am thankful I was in the
Netherlands and able to
talk to her before she lost
consciousness. My sincere
thanks to my friends who
sent her a card. She did
enjoy the ones she was
able to see before she
Ruud and Ineke:
“We are so sorry to hear
the sad news. Our sincere
condolences to Sonja, Eric
and the family.
With Carmen and
2005 First Vrijthof concert
The Hague 2015
The Hague 2015
Sonja hails from The Hague in the Netherlands and
her mother lived there a long time. That’s why we
regularly met them when Sonja was in Holland to
visit her mother, since The Hague is our hometown
too. Sonja’s parents were André Rieu fans from the
beginning and Sonja started the first André Rieu fan
from the USA where she lived at that time, in 2002.
The website contains a lot of information. She
stopped in 2008 but it is still in the air. Sue Berry
and John de Jong took over and continued “the
Harmony Parlor,” with big success, until now.
Alijda loved to attend the concerts, she was many
years in Maastricht and traveled to the USA many
times. We'll always remember her enthusiasm and
positivity on the days that we met in The Hague or
somewhere else in the world. Sonja: Love, hugs
and much strength to bear the loss. She will be
Mara Murphy (Sonja’s daughter): “I am glad you were there, mom. We were lucky to have her as long as
we did. No words can express how much she will be missed.”
Sue Berry: “I am so glad you made it there to be with her in the end. My heart is with you girl. You know
what an amazing women I thought she was and you have so many wonderful memories of her now to keep
in your heart forever. Sending my Love to you”.
Alice Leung: “Oh! Dutch girl, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family, but I am glad you and
your brother were there with her as she left peacefully. Now she would get some good rest and then off to a
new beginning. Hope the card I sent her two weeks ago gave her a smile in time. Love and hugs”.
(Sonja’s reply: It did, Alice. She saw it and laughed. She remembered you well and our adventure in
Toronto. Thanks so much.)
On September 2nd 2022
she lost her battle
against cancer and
passed away peacefully,
in presence of her
husband and sons.
Our condolences go to
Vianney and the family.
May she rest in peace.
September 2, 2022.
Siobhàn Willy-Furth (77). Ireland/Portugal.
Siobhàn hailed from Ireland but lived in Portugal. She was an enthusiastic André Rieu fan and travelled with
her husband to Maastricht in 2014, 2015, and 2016 where Ruud and Ineke met her and Vianney in town
and at the fan picnic in the park. She also attended André’s concerts in Lisbon.
Besides André and her family, she loved boxer dogs. She was a member of Buddy’s Boxer Rescue Dogs
for Rehoming. We followed her on Facebook, since we also had a lovely boxer once.