Hans M. Hindreus

hans hindreus
Hans Meeme Hindreus passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 13, 2016. He was born on Jan. 1, 1925 in Hiiumaa, Estonia to Egon and Anette Hindreus. In 1941 he left his homeland for freedom. Hans was a veteran of World War II fighting with the Finnish Navy. He arrived in the United States in 1949. Upon settling in California he met and married his late wife Donna Ruth Sparks. They were married for 63 years and were long time residents of Mission San Jose Hills in Fremont. They had three daughters, Susan and husband Mark, Kathy and her late husband Terry and Tiiu and husband Robert. Loving Grandpa to 8 grandchildren, Saul, Cole Hindreus, Aaron, Lil' Robert Hindreus, Katriina, Liisa, Summer and Katie. Loving Great Grandpa to 14 great grandchildren, Veronica, Olivia, Vanessa, Kariina, William, Noah, Walker Hans, Jane, Jada, Kayla, Kody, Jiiana, Carson Hindreus, Mathew and with 2 on the way. He is survived by his brother Vello Hindreus and family in Estonia and sister in law Betty Sparks. Hans worked at the Pacific States Steel Plant until its closing and also had a mink ranch for many years. He was an active member in the Pacific States Steel Retirees Union serving as President, also active member of the Estonian Seniors Group and long time Elks member. Hans was a 49er Faithful, Giants fan and loved to watch any sports programs. He enjoyed going trout fishing, camping and his warm beer. He resided the last 2 ½ years with his daughter Tiiu and family. Celebration of life services will be 11:00 AM, Friday, April 22nd held at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538. Donations may be made in Hans's memory to the EANC Estonian American National Council website www.eafund.org for information.

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  1. Hans
    Even though we only met with you a few times during special occasions, we always had a joyful time talking with you. You always looked at us directly when you spoke to us & remembered us when we saw you. We will miss your beautiful eyes and fun personality. Now you are reunited happily with your beautiful bride. We love you. May God be with you eternally resting peacefully.
    Brad & Kathy Imamura

    P.S. Derek & Alexx send their love & condolences

  2. Uncle Hans, your beautiful family honored you yesterday with wonderful stories, memories and music that all inspired your amazing life. I was fortunate enough to grow up with my cousins, and at the house in the Mission San Jose hills. What a blessing to have that amazing experience as part of my childhood memories. Even though I didn’t know at the time, later I realized how much you taught us how important it is to not be wasteful – or greedy. I’m grateful for the times we spent with you and Aunt Donna, I got to see yesterday what a beautiful legacy you left. You and my Aunt Donna are blessed with your family who will carry on your spirit and the things you taught them as their families continue to grow. God Bless you are now with Aunt Donna, my Mom & Dad, Uncle Bob, and all of the other Sparks family members and your family who are no longer here with us. We will miss you! Love, Lori Alice & Mark Patton

  3. Dear Daddy, I love and miss you so very much. You will be forever in my heart along with Momma. Love, Susan or as you would call me “Susabell”!

  4. Dad I am missing you terribly.. I walk past your room expecting to hear a hey or whatch doin?! I was cleaning your room with Jiiana and she kept saying papas gone papas gone where’s papa but the first thing she touched was your clock you would never let her play with!!! The house is not the same without you here. I hope you did not suffer you never complained about anything except well if dinner you would have liked more gravy or if I was not ready in time. I remember one time you told big rob be nice to her for both our sakes!! And also the time you and jonna were in the garbage can you were telling me there’s a good banan in there she was saying we pudding cup was in there! I had to tell both of you get out of that garbage can!!! You were always so good to all of us always making sure we were ok . Daddy I will love you and miss you the rest of my life .

  5. Dad you would have loved the warrior game tonight!!! Overtime win Portland!!! Love and miss you sooo much daddy!!! Hope you have peace now… No loud Tiiu to hurt your ears!!

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