Evalena Vander Voet

Graveside funeral services for Evalena “Eva” Vander Voet will be held Wednesday, July 3 at 12 p.m., at Maple Leaf Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at First Reformed Church at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tad Southard and Rev. Richard Vander Voet officiating. Viewing for family and friends was held at Burley Funeral Chapel on Tuesday.

Evalena “Eva” Vander Voet, 83, died June 30, 2002, at her home in Oak Harbor following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 5, 1918, in Oak Harbor to Richard and Jennie (Overway) Nienhuis. Her parents moved to Everett shortly after Eva was born, and later returned to Oak Harbor where she spent her school years.

Eva’s mother died at an early age, leaving Eva to help raise her siblings. Eva quit school at the end of the eighth grade and began work as a waitress at Pat’s Place restaurant in Coupeville. She later went to work at Barney Nienhuis’s grocery store in Oak Harbor.

Eva was married to Corniel “Cornie” Vander Voet in Oak Harbor on June 23, 1939. They recently celebrated 63 years of marriage. Eva and Cornie lived in Oak Harbor for eight years. Eva and Cornie have lived on their farm on Monroe Landing Road for 48 years.

Mrs. Vander Voet was a lifetime member of First Reformed Church of Oak Harbor. She was a member of the church Sunshine Committee, visiting the sick and confined even as her own health was failing. She was also an active member of the church prayer group.

Eva loved flowers, gardening, baking and giving away her famous loganberry pies, cooking, being with family and especially her grandchildren. She was an avid baseball fan, having switched her longtime Los Angeles Dodgers loyalty to the Seattle Mariners.

Mrs. Vander Voet is survived by her husband Cornie at the family home; by four children and their spouses, Donna and Jerry Hoback of Mount Vernon, Les and Jill Vander Voet and Bonnie and John Balster, all of Oak Harbor, and Dale Vander Voet of Lake Stevens. Nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive.

Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund, First Reformed Church of Oak Harbor. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor. This obituary may be seen on-line at: