Max Jongkind, 77, formerly of Lansing, Michigan, died Wednesday evening at his home in Lee, surrounded by his family.
He was born Jan. 22, 1941, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, the son of Jan Cornelis and Katharina Jacoba Jongkind. He graduated from Roseville High School in Roseville, Michigan, in 1959 and attended Wilmington College in Ohio and Michigan State University. Mr. Jongkind served in the U.S. Navy from 1961–64. He worked in the computer and electronics industry and was an instructor at Lansing Community College. He moved to the Berkshires in 2004 to be closer to his family. He was active in the Big Brothers Organization for many years. He was an accomplished photographer and his many hobbies and interests included camping, nature, motorcycling, cross-country skiing, cycling, sailing, golfing, family history, cooking, his swimming pool and his wife’s garden.
Mr. Jongkind is survived by his former wife and good friend Patricia Hamilton Jongkind, whom he married June, 14, 1969; his daughter Emily Hamilton Mertinooke-Jongkind and husband Timothy of Lee; one brother: Gerrit Louis Jongkind and wife Susanne of Michigan; two sisters: Hilda Jongkind of Lee and Tineke Mertinooke and husband Michael of New Hampshire; two grandchildren: Elijah Max Mertinooke-Jongkind and Zoe Marceline Mertinooke-Jongkind; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private for the family. Friends wishing may make donations in his memory to HospiceCare in the Berkshires in c/o the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St., Lee, MA 01238. To send a donation, leave a message of condolence or share pictures, visit www.kellyfuneralhome.net.