OBITUARY

Sandy Jean Tober

September 23, 1948November 9, 2020
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Sandra Jean Tober, 72 of Gresham OR, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020. She was born on September 23, 1948 in Lansing, Michigan to Forest and Frances (Loeb) Van Deventer and graduated from Grand Ledge High School. She received her nursing diploma in 1968 from Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sandy married Armin Paul Tober on December 21, 1968 in Lansing, Michigan. She worked as a registered nurse for over 46 years in Illinois, Texas and Oregon with Adventist Hospital before retiring in 2018. She was an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church. Sandy loved cooking and was well known as the Ultimate Foodie.

Anyone who knew Sandy knew she was a people person. It was evident in the profession she chose, the vacations she took and the parties she planned. As a nurse she cared deeply for her patients, her colleagues and the physicians she worked with. Sandy was a mentor and a friend and wanted everyone to be the best they could be. She enjoyed it so much she spent 50 years in dedication to the health and well-being of others. She always wanted the best for everyone around her.

Sandy loved to travel. If you took a vacation with Sandy you didn’t have to worry about what you would do. She researched and planned and planned some more. She wanted to be sure there was something to do for everyone who traveled with them. Activities were not the only things Sandy researched and planned when they traveled. She enjoyed immersing herself and fellow travelers in the country, the food and the people. When Sandy planned a party it was very much like her vacations. She never did anything halfway! Sandy was committed not only to the party but to everyone who attended. She wanted to be sure whether you were vegan, vegetarian or needed to be gluten free that you would also be included in the festivities. Most of the parties Sandy planned were for family. Nothing was as important to her as her family. We are part of a big family and she loved it. She worried about them, cared for them and loved them. Sandy is survived by her husband Paul Tober of Gresham OR; brothers Forest “Ted” Van Deventer (Lynne) of East Lansing MI and Mark Van Deventer (Julia) of San Marcos CA; sister Debi Roush (Jim) of Michigan; father Forest Van Deventer (Nancy) of Venice FL and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sandy Tober's Funeral will be live streamed on Facebook at St-Anne Parish. Sandy's service with reduced capacity is limited to those that preregister to attend the service. Please contact Cari Loeb to ensure you are registered at 503-780-9696. All attendees will need to wear a mask. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1015 SE 182nd Avenue, Portland OR 97233. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the church general fund. Arrangements entrusted to Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Oregon.

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  • Memorial Mass

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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Alex VanDeventer

December 2, 2020

Aunt Sandy,
I'll always cherish the summer I spent doing my internship in Portland, OR because I got to spend so much time with you and you made it such a great experience while I was out there. From the time we went to Victoria Island together, to having a birthday dinner atop Mt. Hood, to just spending each night having dinner and talking over all of the delicious food you would make for Ted, Paul, and I. You also made a point to introduce me to family I probably never would have met if it weren't for being out there, family was most important to you. It was such an incredible summer full of the best experiences I could have ever asked for. Ever since then we had kept in touch with text messages and your surprise packages in the mail, that were truly appreciated. You are certainly missed and I'm just glad I will always have those fond memories of our time together. May you rest peacefully in heaven,
Love Alex.

Julia VanDeventer

December 1, 2020

Sandy,
Time may pass and fade but memories of you will always stay.
Thank you for welcoming me so lovingly into your family and for all your love and generosity.
It is time now to arrange that reunion party for all your friends and loved one's.
Until we meet again
Rest in peace
Love
Julia VanDeventer

Sylvia McCorriston

December 1, 2020

Sandy, such beautiful and cheerful lady.
Paul, may your memories bring you peace and comfort. She will be missed.
Sylvia and Michael McCorriston
Dublin, CA

Linda Loeb Kunick

November 30, 2020

I have such fond memories of Sandy, a few from when I was a young girl and it was a cousins visit, but so many more as an adult. The many times she visited North Dakota always included fun and laughter. She was such a good friend, and great travel companion, to my mom, Emerita. For all those fun trips and special memories made with mom, I am so grateful! My sincere condolences to Paul, and the rest of her family. We will always remember sweet Sandy.

Treva Smith

November 18, 2020

Remembering Sandra Van DeVenter Tober
The friendship that Sandy and I shared dates back to 1969. We met through a colleague who taught in the Foreign Language Department at Northern Illinois University with Sandy's husband, Paul. Sandy and I realized then that we were "fellow foodies" and promptly made plans for lunch! Thus began a long history of wonderful memories including dinners at the Tobers and at the Smiths. My children referred to her as 'Aunt Sandy' and she was a 'sister by choice' for me. When she and Paul moved from Illinois to Texas and, subsequently to Oregon, our visits and phone calls continued on a regular basis. One very special time for us was meeting in New York for classes at the Culinary Institute of America and later at Ramekins in Sonoma, CA. We remarked that we were among the few individuals who even read cookbooks in bed! She was a very generous person, who shared her time, talents, and gifts with those she loved. Her long and amazing career as a nurse extraordinaire forever endeared her to her patients, the physicians, hospital staff, and friends. Her love of God, her family, her country, and her church were evident. Sandy was a treasured friend and is a loss to us all; but she will always remain a steadfast spirit in our hearts. Heaven awaits you, dear Sandy.
Love, Treva

Lynne VanDeventer

November 18, 2020

Dearest Sandy, thank you for all of the wonderful moments we shared in time. We will remember your smile and laughter until we meet again....your brother Forrie and Lynne

Elke Purze

November 18, 2020

God Bless Aunt Sandy - she loved life & family so much! Rest In Peace!

Shiela and Abraham Loeb

November 16, 2020

Our condolences to you Paul and of course Dad and siblings of Sandy.
Sandy was such a giving and loving person and will be missed in so many ways. Living next door we shared much; prepared food, veggies from the garden and neighborly chit chat. Sandy loved to host many Loeb dinners, not an easy task considering the size of our family, but she dived right in organizing everything to a tee.
In lieu of flowers, we will be donating money to St Anne Catholic Church in Sandy's memory.

Leslee Dirk

November 16, 2020

Sandy Tober will be missed by so many. The memory for me of
Sandy, is how giving she was and how much her smile would light
up a room. She was truly one beautiful person. Sandy was always so excited to travel with her many cousins and friends. She could
organize a group for large gatherings. I enjoyed hearing about her gourmet cooking experiences and she had many. May Sandy rest in peace, may the memories of Sandy's ,husband, paul, and her many family and friends help them thru this difficult time.

Paula Taylor

November 15, 2020

I moved to Forest Grove for school in 2000 and was facing my first Thanksgiving far from home. My mom (Joan (Loeb) Boehm) had an amazing cousin who lived in Gresham who welcomed me into her home and cooked an amazing dinner. I will always be grateful for the time I spent with Sandy and her big heart.

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Biography

Sandra Jean Tober, 72 of Gresham OR, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020. She was born on September 23, 1948 in Lansing, Michigan to Forest and Frances (Loeb) Van Deventer and graduated from Grand Ledge High School. She received her nursing diploma in 1968 from Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sandy married Armin Paul Tober on December 21, 1968 in Lansing, Michigan. She worked as a registered nurse for over 46 years in Illinois, Texas and Oregon with Adventist Hospital before retiring in 2018. She was an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church. Sandy loved cooking and was well known as the Ultimate Foodie.

Anyone who knew Sandy knew she was a people person. It was evident in the profession she chose, the vacations she took and the parties she planned. As a nurse she cared deeply for her patients, her colleagues and the physicians she worked with. Sandy was a mentor and a friend and wanted everyone to be the best they could be. She enjoyed it so much she spent 50 years in dedication to the health and well-being of others. She always wanted the best for everyone around her.

Sandy loved to travel. If you took a vacation with Sandy you didn’t have to worry about what you would do. She researched and planned and planned some more. She wanted to be sure there was something to do for everyone who traveled with them. Activities were not the only things Sandy researched and planned when they traveled. She enjoyed immersing herself and fellow travelers in the country, the food and the people.

When Sandy planned a party it was very much like her vacations. She never did anything halfway! Sandy was committed not only to the party but to everyone who attended. She wanted to be sure whether you were vegan, vegetarian or needed to be gluten free that you would also be included in the festivities. Most of the parties Sandy planned were for family. Nothing was as important to her as her family. We are part of a big family and she loved it. She worried about them, cared for them and loved them.

Sandy is survived by her husband Paul Tober of Gresham OR; brothers Forest “Ted” Van Deventer (Lynne) of East Lansing MI and Mark Van Deventer (Julia) of San Marcos CA; sister Debi Roush (Jim) of Michigan; father Forest Van Deventer (Nancy) of Venice FL and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sandy Tober's Funeral will be live streamed on Facebook at St-Anne Parish. Sandy's service with reduced capacity is limited to those that preregister to attend the service. Please contact Cari Loeb to ensure you are registered at 503-780-9696. All attendees will need to wear a mask. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1015 SE 182nd Avenue, Portland OR 97233. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the church general fund. Arrangements entrusted to Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Oregon.

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