Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Abraham “Abe” Vanderwal Memorial
Abraham “Abe” Vanderwal Memorial

Abraham “Abe” Vanderwal

Abraham “Abe” Vanderwal

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Abraham “Abe” Vanderwal, 81, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 peacefully at his home.  He was born in the Netherlands on September 7, 1939, the son of Jan and Lipke Vanderwal.

His family immigrated to Ontario, Canada, in 1953.  He then moved to Bellflower, California, in 1964, where he met Ann Andringa at his local church. They married in 1965.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann; their five children, Maria de Haan (Ken), Johnny Vanderwal (Bethany), Lisa Gardner (Tyler), Brenda Vanderwal, Marc Vanderwal (Tiffany); siblings, Hilda Vermaat (Bob), Minnie Williams (Ernie), Ken Vanderwal (Sally), Paul Vanderwal (Gail), and Lucy Van Hulzen; fourteen grandchildren, Adriana, Michael, Jonathan, Hannah, Lauren, Abel, Jonah, Anneka, Cory, Jordan, Blake, Christopher, Emilee, and Bailee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Lenora; brother, John; sister-in-law, Ann.

Abe was a talented bricklayer all his life, learning the trade from his father.  He loved to point out all the places in the county that he worked on, oftentimes with his brother, John.

In his spare time, he loved to go fishing, both freshwater and out in Puget Sound.  He loved nature, often commenting on “God’s great creation.”  He was greatly moved by music and his favorite hymn was “When Peace Like a River.”

After retiring, he spent every morning at McDonald’s to meet his friends.

His unwavering faith in God carried him through to the end and he died peacefully in his own home.

A public viewing will be held at Lemley Chapel, 1008 Third Street, in Sedro-Woolley on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. A private graveside service will be held.

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  • John Hendrickson

    A true gentleman, I met Abe at Mc Donald’s eight or nine years ago. He invited me over to join his coffee group and discuss world affairs. I would join him many times over the years, but not so much in the last few years since I don’t get by that way as often. It was always fun to get Abe’s point of on many subjects.
    I will miss him. Rest in Peace Abe.

  • Randy Cox

    Over the years I was fortunate to work many jobs with Abe and Dave Johnson. Both excellent brick masons, hard workers, and true gentlemen. Their contract was a handshake and a smile. Will miss you Abe, looking forward to seeing you again one day.

  • Wilf and Lydia deHaan

    So sorry for your loss so wonderful that he has a blessed assurance

  • Kacy Johnson

    My husband, Dave Johnson, another brick mason, worked with Abe on many jobs and often commented on what an excellent craftsman he was and what a hard worker as well.
    In retirement, I often saw Abe collecting trash along side the road and in the field behind McDonalds in Sedro-Woolley. He was a kind and thoughtful man. My prayers are with you Ann.

  • Pete Andringa

    Such great memories of us all together going back to the dating period. Our trip to Yosemite Park, Tijuana, beaches etc.
    Later we moved away from each other but as family we always stayed in touch. We are sad and sad for Ann and family but Abe is safely home. Much love, Pete and Irene Andringa

  • Connie Crome

    Such Fond memories of Abe over the years. So enjoyed being neighbors on Little Mountain. Ann and Family Love and Hugs to All. I wish I could visit with You Ann but now live in Tennessee. I know You have comfort that God has welcomed Abe home. So Sorry for Your loss.

  • Ken and Sally Vanderwal

    We will miss you Abe. Even though we live far apart in miles, we will be reunited in heaven. Love to all of you.