October 15, 1921 ~ April 14, 2022

Born in: Netherlands East Indies,
Resided in: Ridge, NY

Lambertus Olmeijer, age 100, of Ridge, New York passed away Thursday, April 14, 2022. He was able to spend his final days at home, and passed in the company of his loving wife Lenchen and daughter Regina. Bert, as he was called by those who loved him, was born October 15, 1921 in Bandung in what was then the Dutch colony of the Netherlands East Indies and which is now the independent country of Indonesia. He spent much of his youth living in the city of Soerebaja on the east end of the island of Java with his father, also Lambertus Olmeijer, mother Clara Antoinet Olmeijer (née von Franquemont) and eldest brother Charles, older sister Vera Marie, and younger brother Augustinus.

An attempt to pursue an education and training to become a doctor was interrupted by World War II, when he was conscripted to fight in the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army, captured by invading Japanese forces, and detained for more than three years in a prisoner-of-war camp at a copper mine in the city of Hitachi, Japan. Following release from captivity at the end of the war, the subsequent Indonesian War of Independence caused the family to emigrate to the Netherlands before Bert struck off on his own in 1959 to find a new life in New York City.

Living in Queens, Bert pursued training for and found a career as a computer operator for the Sperry & Hutchinson Company, becoming a pioneer in the emerging industry of information technology. He met Lenchen Ritz, herself an immigrant from Germany, through mutual acquaintances, marrying her in 1967. They would have daughter Regina Magdalena and son David Lambertus during their 54-plus year long marriage, 44 of which were spent at their house in Bayside, Queens before they moved to Ridge in 2013.

Bert is survived by his wife Lenchen Olmeijer; his daughter Regina Meskill and son-in-law Timothy Meskill, both of Wading River, New York; and son David Olmeijer and his partner David Oppenheimer, both of San Francisco, California. In his later years, Bert embraced his role as Opa to granddaughter Breanna Meskill and grandson Brendan Meskill.


Visitation: April 18, 2022 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Second Visitation: April 18, 2022 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Mass: April 19, 2022 9:30 am

St. Mark R. C. Church
105 Randall Rd.


Maple Grove Cemetery
127-15 Kew Gardens Road
Kew Gardens, NY 11415

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Lambertus Olmeijer 's name.

Good Shepherd Hospice

200 Belle Terre Road
Port Jefferson, NY

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  1. So glad I had the opportunity to meet and get to know Bert and Lenchen at the Leisure Village Bible Study group meetings before we were all isolated by Covid, and thankful we have stayed in touch. Bert was a true gentleman, and their love for each other was always obvious. Happy his wish was realized to reach 100 (plus some!) and to make it back home again from his hospital stay. May he rest in well-deserved peace in the Lord’s Kingdom until we all meet again, and may Lenchen and the rest of his family be held in the palm of God’s hand and receive the Lord’s comfort and peace. With fondness for Bert and Lenchen, and sadness for the family’s loss – Barbara Severs

  2. Your Dad lived an amazing life. Sending our heartfelt condolences & prayers to your family..
    May he rest in Gods eternal peace & continue to watch over your beautiful family.🙏🏻❤️

  3. candleWe were so fortunate to know “Opa” and “Oma” for many years, they are very special couple and are like family to us. We always enjoyed seeing Opa at Tim and Regina’s house whether it be getting together for a family gathering, celebrating a birthday, or simply hanging out in the backyard by the pool and watching a baseball game. Opa lived to be over 100 years, and the things that he has seen, experienced and endured in his lifetime many of us cannot even comprehend. We always enjoyed his company and listening to his stories from his past.
    Opa, you were an amazing man who led an amazing life, and you will be missed. I will miss your smile and especially your laugh!
    You will forever be in our hearts. May you keep watch over and keep safe Oma and your beautiful family here on Earth.
    Heaven has gained another angel.May you Rest In Peace.

  4. It is with great sadness that we learnt about the passing of Bert and send our warmest regards to everyone. We will remember his happy and positive nature, the many memories shared during his visits to Linkenheim and the wonderful time I had visiting your home in Bayside. What a blessed life he’s lived and age he reached. Lenchen, we think of you often and wish you comfort and strength with your children and grandchildren around, who for sure are most grateful to have you around. Take care. Lots of love

  5. Lenchen, Regina and David please accept my deepest sympathy for the passing of Bert. A true gentleman and hero, who in spite of enduring the harshness of a war maintained a good sense of “Dad” humor. He always had a good chuckle even if the rest of us did not get it. Having been fortunate enough to share a few meals as a guest in your home. I can state that he mostly enjoyed Lenchen’s cooking, looked forward to the main course followed by a little dessert or two.
    Most admirable was how much he loved and was genuinely proud of you. His memory will live on in all of us who met him. May God’s love and mercy comfort you and your family for this loss.

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