PHILIPSBURG:--- On November 6, Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten (APS) surprised APS member Mrs. Dirkje van den Heuvel-de Jonge with a congratulatory bouquet and card in honor of her 100th birthday. Born on November 6, 1918, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, she became a member of the pension fund when she moved to the former Netherlands Antilles in 1953. She has resided on Curacao, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten. She worked as a Spanish, Biology and Dutch teacher at the MULO on Sint Maarten.
“These moments are beautiful reminders of how important our responsibility to our members is. We are happy to see our members enjoy their retirement, no matter where in the world, and it is an honor to be a part of that. With our commitment to our work, they can continue to enjoy their pension benefit after their years of dedicated service.” – Nadya Croes-van Putten, APS Director
Mrs. Dirkje van den Heuvel-de Jonge is originally a member of the APNA pension fund, which was dissolved on 10-10-10 and transitioned to become a member of the APS pension fund. She now resides and enjoys her love for plants and gardening in Terneuzen, her husband’s hometown. She met her husband in Curacao when she moved to the Netherlands Antilles in 1953. Their two daughters were born and raised on Sint Maarten until the family returned to the Netherlands in 1973. APS is honored to be able to acknowledge and welcome Mrs. Dirkje van den Heuvel-de Jonge to the elite group of centenarians around the world.