BEAVERTON — After an arduous battle with cancer, St. Mary of Oregon Sister Jean Marie Van Dyke died Dec. 11 at the sisters’ motherhouse. There is a funeral Mass today, Friday, Dec.17, at 4 p.m. at the chapel at the sister’s motherhouse here.

On March 14, 1939, Petranella “Nellie” Vandehey and Theodore Mathias Van Dyke welcomed Joanne Theresa into their growing Verboort family. Joanne would eventually have 15 siblings. She graduated from St. Paul school and high school, after which she entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon accepting the name of Sr. Jean Marie Aug. 15, 1958. She earned at bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Marylhurst College in 1963. As Sister Jean Marie’s ministries changed, she took in additional classes at Portland State University, Gonzaga University and Rock Creek Community College. In 1974 she was awarded a master’s degree in education from the University of Portland. In 1998, she earned a certificate in liturgical training from the University of Santa Clara.

Sister Jean Marie taught at Holy Cross, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Pius X, and St Agatha, Portland; Sacred Heart, Tillamook; St. Boniface, Sublimity; St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie; St. Mary, Stayton; and St. Cecilia, Beaverton.

She was principal at Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Agatha in Portland, and at Sacred Heart, in Klamath Falls.

In 1979, her community asked her to serve as bookkeeper for the St. Mary of the Valley (now Valley Catholic) elementary and high schools and the residency program. She served five years, then took on a ministry as the first Sister of St. Mary of Oregon to serve as director of religious education at St. Patrick Parish in Lakeview from 1985 to 1990. From 1990 to 1993, she served as pastoral associate and later school principal at Sacred Heart in Klamath Falls. From 1993 to 1999, she ministered as director of faith formation at Our Lady of Lourdes in Vancouver, Washington. Sister Jean Marie served as pastoral associate at St. Thomas More Parish in Portland 1999-2011.

Sr. Jean Marie’s volunteer service and passion was for Rose Haven Women’s and Children’s Shelter. For years, she served in the Rose Haven kitchen, did table service, cleaned up, and engaged guests in caring, meaningful conversation.

Compassionate service — to the poor, to her community and to those she encountered in ministry —highlighted Sister Jean Marie’s life. She joyfully shared her talents of sewing, baking and cooking, organizing, and nurturing plants back to life. Her family, her religious community, her students, those she encountered in ministry, and, especially, the guests of Rose Haven Women’s and Children’s Shelter benefited from her generous care.

She is survived by her community; by her sisters Joyce Van Dyke, Berneice (Dan) Bailey, and Doris (Jim) Herinckx; her brothers Norbert and Norman (Betty) Van Dyke; her nephew Gene Waibel, niece Annette Evans, and cousin Sister Charlotte Van Dyke; and her many friends.

Sister Jean Marie’s siblings Maurice Van Dyke, Edmund Van Dyke, Richard Van Dyke, Carl Van Dyke, Gerald (Helen) Van Dyke, Wilbert Van Dyke, Eileen McMahan, Ethel Duyck, Leslie Van Dyke and Martha Waibel preceded her in death.

Interment will take place Monday, Dec. 20, at the sisters’ cemetery.

Memorial offerings may be directed to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Retirement Fund.