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Amy Van Ligten


Amy Van Ligten, a former long-time Tiburon resident, died peacefully in her sleep on March 20, 2022. Amy was preceded in death by her husband, Theophile François (Frank) Van Ligten.


Amy led a rich life that spanned multiple continents. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and grandmother (or “Oma” as she was called by her grandchildren). Amy loved sports, and was an avid Giants, 49ers and Warriors fan.


Amy was born in 1930 in Surabaya, Indonesia, to Herman and Adolphine Leonie Krul. Amy lived in Surabaya during World War II under Japanese occupation and through the Indonesian revolution that immediately followed the end of the war. During this time, Amy lost two of her five siblings. Amy’s family immigrated to the Netherlands following Indonesian independence. While in the Netherlands, Amy worked as a secretary for KLM Airlines and met Frank, whom she married in 1958 and who had also previously immigrated to the Netherlands from Surabaya, Indonesia.


In 1961, Amy and Frank immigrated once again, this time to the U.S. They first settled in Burlingame and then moved to the Bel Aire neighborhood of Tiburon. In 1968, they moved to their residence of almost 50 years on Hawthorne Drive.


Amy was an active volunteer at St. Hilary School, serving as a Parent Teacher Guild officer and overseeing the school’s lunch programs. Amy was also the treasurer and a ribbon writer for the Strawberry Swim Club. Restless after her sons went off to college, Amy returned to work, running the teachers’ service center at Redwood High School until she retired in 1995. Amy loved cooking and was an expert in making a full Indonesian “rijsttafel.”


Amy is survived by her children, Glen Van Ligten of Menlo Park and Darrell van Ligten of Columbus, Ohio; daughters in law Tracy Van Ligten and Ronni van Ligten; and two grandchildren, Lexi Van Ligten and Connor Van Ligten.

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