Mary Dorothy Wyffels (Spiesschaert)
MARY DOROTHY WYFFELS was born October 18, 1909, in Hillsboro, Oregon, the daughter of Arthur and Dinah (Peters) Spiesschaert. She was raised and received her education in the Corne- lius area. She was united in marriage to Paul L. Wyffels on January 14, 1937, at St. Alexander's Catholic Church in Cornelius, Oregon. Following their marriage they made their home in Martinez, California until 1945 when they moved to the Cornelius community, living on Spiesschaert Road, which was named after her family. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, on October 9, 1986, after celebrating over forty-nine years of marriage. Following her husband's death, Mary continued to make her home in Cornelius until December of 2002, when she moved to the Jennings-McCall II Assisted Living Center in Forest Grove. Mary was a homemaker. She was a longtime active member of St. Alexander's Parish in Cornelius, where she was a pillar of the church. For many years, Mary served as Chairman of the annual Rummage Sale and Swiss Steak Dinner. She also volunteered for many years for the St. Matthew's Dinner, the St. Anthony's Dinner, and the Verboort Sausage Dinner at Visitation. Mary enjoyed being part of the Tuality Hospital Auxiliary and volunteering in the Gift Shop. She was the head of the Election Board for her precinct in Cornelius. In 1987, she was honored as Cornelius' Citizen of the Year. Among her interests, Mary enjoyed visiting with those who were sick and needy and bringing them a bit of sunshine with her flowers and baked goods. As part of the Friendship Club, Mary collected rags to send to the Leper Colony. She loved to entertain her family and friends always presenting dinner with a grand presentation of flowers, linens and china. Mary enjoyed canning, gardening, and baking, always making sure her cookie jar was full for her grandchildren and the neighbor kids. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Dinah Spiesschaert; three brothers, Wilfred Spiesschaert, George Spiesschaert, and Larry Hilaire; and a sister, Louise Grittman. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Wilfred P. "Willy" and Toni Wyffels of Portland, Oregon; a sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Ambrose "Ham" Chiotti of Hillsboro, Oregon; two grand- daughters, Michelle Louise Wyffels of Portland, Oregon and Vanessa Renee Wyffels, currently attending Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grand- nephews. may The family suggests that remembrances be made to the Visitation Cemetery Endowment Fund, c/o Vernon Meeuwsen, 43873 NW Kemper Road, Forest Grove, Oregon 97116, in her memory.