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Charles "Chuckie" VanDerWerf

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Charles "Chuckie" VanDerWerf Obituary
VanDerWerf, Charles (Chuckie)
36, passed away October 6th, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. Chuckie was a survivior of a near drowning incident in 1981 at the age of two. Paramount to his thirty four year survival was the team of nurses responsible for his twenty-four hour a day care. This team became like family. The Chuckie VanDerWerf foundation touched the lives of many families in the valley through the support and education of water safety and CPR programs. In fall of 2004, the Tempe YMCA dedicated the aquatic center in Chuckie's name. He is survived by father, John (Lynn) VanDerWerf; mother, Linda Hagen; brother, Ehren VanDerWerf; sister, Jackie (Kirk) Wheeler; stepbrother Adam (Damaris) Geach; stepsister Lindsay (Gannon) Giguiere and many more family members and friends. Prayer services will be Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary, 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85204. Condolences may be made by visiting the online guest book at www.queenofheavencatholicmortuary.com. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 9, 2015
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