Debra Jane Vaandering
Debra Jane (Herinckx) Vaandering, 62, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2017 surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born on October 12, 1954 in Hillsboro OR. to Joseph J and Gladys (Kindel) Herinckx. She was proud to be the baby of ten children including seven brothers and two sisters. Debra was raised in a devout Catholic family in Verboort. She attended Verboort Grade School and graduated from Banks High School in 1972. As a young girl she worked at a variety of jobs including picking berries and vegetables. Then later she worked in childcare, at Gray & Co and Washington Federal Savings & Loan in Forest Grove.
Debra met her future husband, John Vaandering, in the berry fields. John's mother was the field boss and following a three year courtship they were married on May 17, 1975 in Verboort. They lived and raised their family of five in the Forest Grove area.
Her strong Catholic faith was the foundation of her life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially her six grandchildren. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, gardening, canning, card playing and beach combing.
Debra was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Jerry Herinckx, and a sister, Marilyn Bernards.
She is survived by her loving husband, John, five children and their families; Nick and Melissa Vaandering with Henry, Alison & Andrew all of Forest Grove, Angela Vaandering of Forest Grove, Melissa and Joe Culligan with TJ, Owen and Kailey all of Portland, OR, Brenda Vaandering of Las Vegas, NV, Mary Vaandering of Tigard. Her siblings include brothers and their spouses; Ron and Jan Herinckx, Dick and Theresa Herinckx, Dale and Donna Herinckx, Jim and Dorie Herinckx, Frank and Vickie Herinckx, Mike Herinckx, her sister and spouse; Tina and Phil Vandehey, brother-in-law; John Bernards and sister-in-law; Rosie Herinckx.
The family suggests donations in Debra's name to Visitation Parish