Patricia Carol Delplanche
Pat, a resident of the Cornelius community, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
She is survived by her siblings, Janice (John) Kreilich, Maureen “Mo” (Ed) Polich, Gary (Judy) Bride, Jaqueline“Jackie” (Steve) Hanson, Phillip “Phil” (Julie) Bride; sons, Curtis (Jacquelyn) and Remy (Sally) Delplanche; daughter, Michelle (Tashi) Sherpa; grandchildren Brandon,Sharon, Remy A., Isabelle, Claire, Stephan, Olivia, Samantha, Raphael, Gabe, and Dominic; many nieces and nephews; and former husband Marvin “Marv” Delplanche. She was predeceased by her son, Douglas Delplanche; and daughter, Rene’ (Carrie) Bales.
She will be remembered at a Funeral Mass on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Visitation Catholic Church; 4285 NW Visitation Rd, Verboort, OR. A recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. and a Rite of Christian Burial will follow the Mass held at Visitation Catholic Cemetery.
Family and friends are invited to attend a reception following the burial in the parish hall.
Pat was born on July 14, 1939 in Oakland, CA to Gregory and Esther (Gunderson) Bride. She was one of six children and moved with her family as a child to the SW Portland, OR area where the family was part of the St. Clare parish.She’s a graduate of St. Clare Catholic Grade School and St. Mary’s Academy High School in Portland, OR. As a young adult, she enjoyed skiing and the roller skating rink at Oaks Park where she excelled in roller skate dancing.
Pat met Marv Delplanche at a young catholic group dance and they were married soon after. Their journey took them from living in the Portland area, to Forest Grove, then to a family strawberry farm in the Verboort area where they spent most of their married years. They had five children; Curtis, Remy, Douglas, Rene’, and Michelle. Through difficult times, they divorced, but remained friends. Her time spent on the farm was cherished. She was very proud of the house she designed and was always an exceptional hostess. She loved a good party and took great pleasure in all the adventures that took place through the many extended family gatherings. Pat was a devoted mother and spent hers years on the family farm raising her children.She was active in 4-H, school fundraisers, and the berry fields. After the sale of the farm, Pat spent her remaining years living in the Cornelius area.
After raising her children, Pat was again part of the St. Clare community working alongside Fr. Loren Kerkof for several years. She then spent most of her career working in the Safety and Risk Department for Portland Community College where she continued to work,part-time,through retirement. She was dedicatedto doing great work and was very detailed oriented. She enjoyed her colleagues and spoke fondly of group gatherings.
Pat adored her grandchildren and made every effort to stay active in their lives. Her thoughts were often on finding just the right present to encourage a grandchild’s interests. She cherished tea parties, storytelling, playing, and watching them grow. She looked forward to events and was thrilled at their development and excited for their potential.
Pat had many passions, enjoyed staying active, and worked hard at perfecting her skills. Her many talents included roller skating, skiing, cooking, baking, sewing, painting, gardening, canning, hunting, crafts, genealogy, public speaking, and golf -and more golf. Great examples of these talents came in the form of beautifully decorated doll birthday cakes, hand sewn outfits and Halloween costumes, canned goods, much loved homemade foods (applesauce, curly cabbage, lemon meringue pie, chex mix), and sports trophies (skate dancing, antelope, bucks, club champion golfer). She enjoyeda good competition, playing games, doing puzzles, crosswords, reading, and being with friends and family.
Although she endured many hardships in her life, including the deaths of two of her children, Pat strived to stay strong and keep the future positive.She took the attitude of “you can do it” and supported those around her to pursue their goals. Her compassionwas seen in how she often went out of her way to make sure loved ones were taken care of, comforted, and made to feel special. There are volumes of stories to be told of how important her loved ones were to her. She has kept many treasures from her life; special keepsakes to which she could refer to keep her loving memories strong.
Pat would love to be remembered as being a very caring and passionate person who worked hard at her goals, enjoyed spending time with her loved ones, and being an encouragement to others to be their best.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pat Delplanche Memorial Fund