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Vera Ann (Vee) Schilperoort

November 27, 1922March 17, 2020

SCHILPEROORT, Vera Ann (Vee), 97, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Fieldstone Memory Care in Yakima, Washington. She was born in East Los Angeles on November 27, 1922 to Fred and Anna (Samarin) Bukan who were immigrants from Russia.

After a rough upbringing in East LA, she managed on her own to earn a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from BIOLA College in Los Angeles, and continued education at Whitworth College in Spokane. On summer break from Whitworth she worked sorting fruit in the Yakima Valley and was also a roller skate carhop at the drive in on 5th Avenue, Yakima, where she first met her husband. She married John C Schilperoort on December 31, 1953 in Yakima WA. and they made their home of 66 years near Brownstown, WA.

She was a dedicated farmer’s wife, mother and grandmother. She loved all children, devoting decades as a volunteer for Child Evangelism Fellowship running many after school Good News Clubs and Vacation Bible Schools. An active member of the Harrah Community Church with many years teaching Sunday school. A fantastic cook and hostess who loved delighting her guests with tasty new recipes and perfectly laid out table. A natural artist in sewing, quilting, toll painting and batik. An independent spirit who traveled the world on her own and learned to ski in her late 50’s. She passed that spirit on to her children encouraging them in art, music, sports, travel, etc.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband John and sister Mary (Manya). Vera is survived by her brother Alex; son Phillip (wife Bobbie), son Timothy, daughter Manya (husband Jeff Stillwell), and son Daniel; six grandchildren Derek (wife Bonnie), Bradley (wife Lisa), Brent (wife Michelle), Travis, Tanner and Taylor; great-grandchildren Alexandria, Landon and Emma.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Cora Laskewitz

March 28, 2020

In 1974 I met Vera for the first time and she gave me a warm welcome. During my visit she taught me how to make a pie! Years later my husband Fokke was spoilt by her with a huge dinner. He remembers the dessert, a quarter pie!!
She was a wonderful cook. We are so thankful to have known her.

Neena Clevenger

March 27, 2020

Every time I visited Vera I knew I was in for an adventure, even though we never left her house. She regaled me with stories of growing up in an LA I never knew existed. I laughed with her about cultural faux pas in travels abroad. And I empathized with her as she talked about transitioning from life in a busy city to life in an agricultural area. In all of these wonderful stories, though, there was always one enduring touchstone: God so loved the world. God loved Vera. God loved the children in her stories. God loved the people she met abroad. I seldom left her house without her making sure I knew God loved me too. I haven't had the joy of knowing her in her full strength, but I am fully persuaded that that joy is still ahead.

Dorothy Redfield

March 27, 2020

I’m sharing your sadness right now, Phil, Tim, Manya, Dan, and all the grands and great-grands. Your mom/grandma was a remarkable and wonderful woman!

My first memory of Vera was when my big brother John chose to make this lovely, delightful woman his wife. I couldn’t have been happier! Before long she became a cherished sister-in-law whom I adored for her many admirable qualities. A city girl, she managed successfully to cope with the daunting challenges of life on the farm. She was exemplary in her love of family, her endurance through painful trials. Who can know the many lives she touched while serving the Lord she loved!

There was no keeping Vera caged up in mundane life. She created her own excitement, even traveling to the Far East with Manya in search of beads — and adventure.

Our family was privileged to relish her fabulous cooking and gracious hospitality many times. She and John generously took in son Glenn to stay with them while we were home on furlough, giving him cousins Phil and Tim for companions.

Her vivacious example will always inspire me. How much I miss her. Thank our loving God she is now at peace, reaping rewards she so richly deserves.

Helen Schilperoort

March 27, 2020

Our last visit with Vera was for her birthday and it was such a wonderful time. She was bright and happy and even singing in Russian.

Another time when Susan and I visited her, she may not have know who we were but when we started singing hymns, she joined in and sang every one with us.

Vera was so intelligent, talented and creative. She often did all of the decorations for King’s Daughters events. She was such a generous person, always giving to those in need.

Signe Schilperoort

March 27, 2020

I realized just how much Aunt Vera loves me when I went to my wedding shower at the Harrah Community Church that she had planned for me. I was treated like a queen. She even had a throne for me to sit on and a crown for me to wear all during the shower. It was so unique and fun and she put so much work into making it special for me. I will always remember that.

I also loved whenever it was her turn to song for the special music at church. I loved her sweet voice.

Janet Spencer

March 26, 2020

I loved Aunt Vera! Even though we weren't able to frequent the Yakima Valley very often, when we did, I strongly remember her vivacious spirit, beautiful smile, contagious laugh, and servant heart! As young kids from California, I especially remember the farm life - her teaching us while walking around, enjoying our thrill with squealing piglets, and other typical farm occupants! :-) This was often followed by scrumptious treats, always appreciated too! But it is the "toss of her head" bouncing the curl in her hair, as well as that fun-loving spirit I will remember most! She will be missed!

Adriana Havnaer

March 25, 2020

Aunt Vera, you had such flair.....
A bathroom with bright pink flamingo wallpaper!.....
Wearing your cowgirl skirt, hat and boots to RoundUp Sunday, guitar in tow to serenade us with "I'm a Christian Cowboy, Ridin' for the Lord...."
Bringing colorful jewelry and textiles from your travels.....

And always your bright smile and interest in what I was up to at the moment. You are loved and greatly missed!

Phil, Tim, Manya, Dan and families, my thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Love to you,

Wilma Van Put

March 25, 2020

When I first visite the USA Some 52 year ago I stayed with Vera and John. Every time I came back I was welcomed in their house with much love. Vera looked after me like a mother. I have a lot of good memories of her.
The first time I visites with my huisbrand and children she gave the kids a great time. Onze night she collectes some stones, made a fire pit and roasted marshmallows with them. Only she could do these things. Thank you Vera for the memories you gave me.

Donna Speer

March 24, 2020

Dear, sweet, so thoughtful Aunt Vera, I remember the many times we stayed at your house in Wapato. One time especially you had a project for Susan, Leslie and Andrew to paint ceramic Indians for Thanksgiving. We still have them and they decorate our Thanksgiving table each year! Thanks so much for your special efforts and care for our family. You will be greatly missed. Love, Donna

Vicki Kanzler Writer

March 22, 2020

Vera was such a part of my life as a child and later as an adult. She was absolutely one of my very favorite people. She was always so happy, loving and giving. She would pick us up for church. She was an adult friend to me. I could feel her love for me and for her life. She also gave good advice! She will be missed by all. My heart goes out to her family. And I will be praying for them. Vicki Writer