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07/19/1933 — 08/09/2022
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Celebration Of Life
Richland, WA 99352
Yvonne Yvette Gardiner, 89, passed away on August 9, 2022 in Richland, Wa. She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 19th, 1933. In March of 1942 her life took a turn for the worse. Her mother and herself, two sisters (Vera and Bea), baby brother (Oscar) were sent to a Japanese Prison camp. They were in the camp until the end of the war in 1945. Of the 7000 women and children who entered the camps, only about 650 survived. In 1961, Yvonne and her children settled in the United States, in California. In August of 1974 she married John (Jack) Gardiner. She held many job’s during her lifetime, including a Nurse in the Dutch army while serving in Korea, Waitress in Florida for 75 cents per hour, Nurse at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA, retail sales, Assembler in Silicon Valley, worked for Mattel Toys, and Volunteered for Kadlec Hospital in the Gift Shop for over 6000 hours.
Yvonne and Jack welcomed 10-15 Foreign Exchange Students into their home over the years. Yvonne coordinated several trips to Waikiki for the Students. Try handling 20-25 17 and 18 year olds in Hawaii. In 2004, Yvonne and jack relocated to Richland, where Yvonne made many new friends. She loved her patio and flower gardens.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, father Theo Von Stein, step-father Otto Werdmuller, mother Ester (Leidelmeijer) Werdmuller, her daughter Ester Aubert, her brother Walter Werdmuller, and her sister Vera Baseman.
Yvonne is survived by her husband John Gardiner, brother Oscar Werdmuller, sister Bea Laan, her two sons Elbert Hengst and his wife Gabby, and John Hengst and his wife Nancy, her three daughters Silvana Hengst, Coby Marinos and her husband Christ, and Vivian Serra and her husband Rick. Yvonne also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Events at Sunset, 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland, WA 99352.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Yvonne’s honor to St. Jude’s Hospital. Yvonne will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
I’ve been waiting 😇 to wrap our arms around you again. Welcome home 🌥.
Thank you for all the wonderful memories and always having our best interests at heart. I remember watching Thundercats and He-Man with Ronnie and Helene at your house when it was too hot to play outside. You are remembered fondly.
God bless you all
Love you mom 2