Lives Lived: Winifred Vandenberg |

Lives Lived: Winifred Vandenberg

Winifred Barbara Vandenberg died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 21, at home in Grass Valley. She was 84.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the clubhouse in Ponderosa Pines Mobile Home Park, 10135 Timberland Dr., south of Grass Valley.

She was born June 5, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Mich. She married Thomas Provencher in 1945 after he returned from military service in World War II. They enjoyed 45 years together in Michigan, then Southern California, before retiring to Grass Valley in 1988.

Mr. Provencher died in 1991.

After a few years of being windowed, she reunited with her childhood sweetheart, John (Jack) Vandenberg. They married on Feb. 14, 1997, on Valentine’s Day in Nevada City and were happily married for 13 years.

Mrs. Vandenberg will be remembered for her wit, loyalty, generosity, and love of family, friends and neighbors. She enjoyed gardening and traveling, and was a volunteer in the activities of Ponderosa Pines for 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Vandenberg of Grass Valley; her four children, Bruce Provencher of Pomona, Lois Baker of Antelope, Jane Arnett of Homewood, and Tom Provencher of Chino; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

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