Hedwich "Jane" Van de Graaff

Jane was born on a rubber plantation in 1938 in Tandjon Harang, S. Sumatra, Indonesia, at that time called the Dutch East Indies.

In 1954, at the age of 15, the family moved to The Netherlands. In The Netherlands, she met Rudy Van de Graaff, married her sweetheart and immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1960 sponsored by sisters Mary and Loretta Streb of Portland, Oregon and their local Catholic Church. In 1972 they moved their family of three daughters Linda, Debby and Heidi to Queensland, Australia and returned to the U.S.A. in 1979 and settled in Orlando, FL. In retirement from the hospitality business, Jane wanted a quiet place to live and they created a little jungle paradise in Pine Island, FL. They planted most of the tropical fruit and trees she grew up with, palm trees were especially her favorite. Mom picked her nickname Jane from the characters of the Hollywood movie Tarzan. Jane made many friends who she hopes to meet again one day along with her family whom she is very proud of. She wants you all to know that she is fine, just gone out of your sight until we meet again.

Jane is survived by her three girls Linda, Debby, and Heidi and their husbands, Rod, Mike, and Kevin and her five grandchildren, Patrick, Rachael and her husband Dakota, Sierra, Shane, and Travis. She is also survived by other family members and loved ones who brightened her days following Rudy’s passing in October 2017.

In lieu of flowers, please pray for the family, plant a tree in remembrance or donate to your favorite Animal Rescue.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, June 30, 2018

Hedwich "Jane" Van de Graaff

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Beth Heffernan-Monaco

June 26, 2018

Linda, Debby and Heidi, both of your parents were very special to our family and parents. They were true friends and will be missed dearly. Your Mom was one of the most loving and caring people I have ever met. She was a lovely person both inside and out. I wish for you all to be surrounded by peace and love from family and friends during theses difficult days. It is difficult to lose a parent but your Mom and Dad are lovingly together once again, free from the constraints that the physical world put on them. Much love to you all.