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Patricia Mary Vander Lans

1932 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Patricia Mary Vander Lans Obituary
September 29, 1932 - February 5, 2016 Patricia Mary Vander Lans died peacefully in her Long Beach home on Friday, February 5, 2016. Her devoted son John, was by her side. Patricia was born in Newfoundland, Canada in 1932 to Fred & Marian Oakley. She grew up happily there with her older sister, Helen. Pat met and married William Newton, Sr., and together made their home in Long Beach. They welcomed son, Bill in 1955. A tragic plane crash took her young husband's life and Pat was widowed. She handled her grief and loss with characteristic strength & courage. She later met and married attorney John A. Vander Lans, and they had a son John T. Vander Lans who went on to become a Project Executive for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. John A. Vander Lans practiced law in Long Beach and was elected to serve as Long Beach City Prosecutor for 20 years. She was a supportive wife and loyal partner to him until his death in 2001. All who knew Pat were captivated by her elegant style and graceful beauty. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, neighbor and friend. Pat was known by many in the East Long Beach neighborhood where she raised her family as "Aunt Pat." She was soft spoken, but a woman of great fortitude. She will be remembered as extremely kind, thoughtful and generous person. Her sister-in-law Nadine Vander Lans said it best, "Pat was easy to love." Patricia, besides being a loving mother of two children John and Bill she was a successful business woman, an avid golfer who spent considerable time in her Palm Desert home and an active member of the community. A longtime member of St. Gregory's Episcopalian Church, she was a woman of deep faith. She was a member of the Junior League and Lawyer's Wives of Long Beach. She is survived by her son John and granddaughters Emily & Ashley Vander Lans, daughter-in-law Lori Newton, and granddaughters Christina, Katherine & Jacquelyn Newton, brother-in-law Leo Vander Lans, three nieces and two nephews. Pat VanderLans was preceded in death by husband John A.Vander Lans, son Bill Newton and daughter-in-law Kelly M. Vander Lans. Services will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM, St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, 6201 E. Willow Street, Long Beach, California 90815. Graveside service to immediately follow at All Souls Cemetery, 4400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Celebration of life to commence at 1:30 PM, Virginia Country Club, 4602 North Virginia Road, Long Beach, California 90807. In lieu of flowers please help support the fight to end breast cancer with a donation to - . Please make check out to - and mail to John Vander Lans, 20401 S.W. Birch St., Suite 300, Newport Beach, CA 92660.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2016
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