Patty Jean Vander Wel

March 17, 1922December 17, 2012

Patty Jean Vander Wel of Bellevue, WA passed away on December 17, 2012. Patty was born on March 17, 1922 in Yakima, WA, to Lambert Zebedee and Bertha Mae Parrish. She graduated as Salutatorian from Moxee H.S. in 1939. In 1946 she met and married Sherman M. Hogrefe. Together they had one child, Barry.

In the mid 50's Patty relocated to Seattle and eventually Bellevue, where she lived her remaining years. In 1954 she married Louis F. Vander Wel. During their years together, she and Lou were active members of the Nile Country Club, and enjoyed the various charity events and dances. As Patty's son Barry grew older, they followed him around with the Roosevelt marching band creating lasting memories for both. In the later years of their 25 year marriage, she and Lou shared many happy times camping with the Good Sam Club campers at Lake McMurry.

During her working years, Patty was in advertising at David W. Evans & Associates, Vance Shelheimer's, Inc., and, in her later years as an administrative secretary at Puget Power. During her lifetime, Patty was a keen gardener and member of the Ardmore branch of the Bellevue Garden Club. Sewing and crafting were also creative outlets during her lifetime. During the late part of her life, Patty had two wonderful world trips. The first to Europe with one of her High School girlfriends, and the second to the Greek Islands with her beloved niece Joanne.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Geraldine, Helen and brother Jack. She leaves behind her only child Barry Hogrefe and daughter in-law, Kathleen. Her grandson Justin L. Hogrefe (Ginifer) of Fairbanks, AK, and granddaughter Melissa Losh, great granddaughter Arawyn, of Fairbanks, AK. She also leaves behind a grandson, Thomas R. Vincent (Mary) and great grandsons Stephen and Jack, of Easton, PA.

A memorial service in Patty's memory will be held at a later date in January at the Sunset Hills Funeral Home Chapel in Bellevue, WA. Patty will be interred next to her parents within the family cemetery plot at Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima, WA. on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to: Habitat for Humanity ( or The Salvation Army ( For further information visit Patty’s website at


  • Graveside Thursday, December 20, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, January 21, 2013
  • Reception Monday, January 21, 2013

Patty Jean Vander Wel

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Sadie Lucero

January 21, 2013

Aunt Patty was a great Aunt!! She was always very nice to my mom and the rest of her sibllings! She would always bring gifts to them! And she would get me and my brother something every christmas! She will never be forgotten!

Cade Lucero

January 21, 2013

My dad is a fireman and would come and visit Aunt Patty in Bellevue in the fire truck. Aunt Pattys face would lite up seeing my dad. Her friends would come over and look at the firetruck. She was a very great aunt to the Hostetler family.

Gretchen Bryant

January 21, 2013

Creative, loyal, loving, adventurous, tenatious. My dear Great Aunt Patty, you will always be remembered for the love you gave to each of us. Our "Bellevue Santa" will live on in spirit for generations to come. I am grateful God allowed me to know you.

Carolyn Hall

December 25, 2012

I enjoyed Patty's friendship through the Yah Yah dinner group and Volksmarch and always looked forward to visiting in her home. I frequently told her she was my inspiration because of her love of life and sense of humor, as well as her caring and thoughtful personality. God Bless You Patty.

Sue Peebles

December 23, 2012

Patty was a valued friend and Scrabble partner. As part of the Yah-Yah dinner group, we will miss her yummy meals and warm presence. She was actively involved in the world until almost the end---I always told her she was my role model.

December 21, 2012

Patty had a sparkle in her eye and a zest for life that was infectious. She was our good neighbor and a wonderful friend. She will be missed. Blessings to her family. --- Ruth and Craig Miller (Bellevue,WA)

Dean Backus

December 20, 2012

"Aunt Pat" was a truly wonderful woman--kind, funny,and vivacious. Those who were fortunate enough to know her had a very special gift in their lives, and I will always be grateful for the gift that she was to me and to my family. "May we all meet in Gloccamorra, one fine day."

Ginny Passmore

December 20, 2012

Fondest memories of a very special lady that will always be close to my heart.

December 20, 2012

Patty was a valued Volkssporter and member of the Northwest Striders. Our lives were enriched by knowing her. PEACE to her family -- Jim & Sue Flexer

Carolyn Thompson

December 20, 2012

She was a dear friend and she will be missed.As the girls got together we thought about Patty.You will be missed.