4" x 2 3/4" black and white photo of Gordelia Kleinheksel (left) and Winifred McLain Demman in uniform standing on the grounds of Couzens Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor during their freshman year, 1928
Gordelia Kleinheksel studied nursing at the University of Michigan in the 1920s. Gordelia was born in 1909 in Holland, MI to Fannie (Wordhuis) and Daniel Kleinheksel. She grew up on a farm at A-3837 50th Street, Overisel, Michigan. Gordelia attended school in Fillmore Township, an Hope Preparatory School, graduating in 1927. From there she studied at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, graduating on May 29, 1931. It is thought she worked as a nurse at the Univeristy of Michigan Hospital. She married Dr. Gerald DeMaagd, who was from Grand Rapids, MI, in 1934. They lived in Rockford, Michigan. Gordelia passed away on October 31, 1977. Their children were Baby Girl stillborn in May 1935, Gerald Robert, Patricia Louise, Susan Lynn.
Gift ofBixby, Patricia and Donalde