Nadine M Van Mechelen

Born: Fri., Sep. 29, 1933
Died: Wed., May 13, 2020


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Nadine Martha Van Mechelen 9/29/1933-5/13/2020 Born in Crescent City California raised on Klamath River and in Crescent City. Nadine comes from a long line of Yurok Traditional Medicine and Ceremonial Leaders/ Fire Keepers from the Village of Rekwoi and the House of La’yeq located where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Redwood Trees. Nadine is a Yurok Tribal Member. She was a well known Native Doll Maker who's dolls can be found throughout the world. She loved traveling to Native Art Markets throughout the Nation and meeting other Native artist and visiting with people she met. She lived with her husband John for 52 years in Pendleton, Oregon on the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation. She raised her children and developed lifelong friendships here. Nadine and John appreciated and were thankful that the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla embraced and accepted their family. Nadine owned and operated Wind Song Gallery where she featured Native Artists in downtown Pendleton. She enjoyed traveling with her husband to New Zealand and throughout the States and home to Klamath to visit with her family. She loved searching through Native Art Magazines for ideas for her doll making and looking at Home and Garden magazines for recipes, garden and house decorating ideas. She also enjoyed sitting on her porch looking at her flowers, listening to birds and watching the deer passing through her yard. Nadine had many close friends who she loved and who loved her including: Jimmy and Ervin Markham, Marie Dick, Virginia and Art Kruger, Nancy Niord, Karen Been, Sherri Moffet, Rosetta and Bruce Comstock, Margie Gunshow, and Margret Sams. Nadine and her family offer a special appreciation to Yellow Hawk Health Clinic doctors and nurses and St. Mary‘s Hospital doctors and nurses for their wonderful and compassionate care. Thank you to Lavina Bowers, Susan Masten, Ciera Klopmeyer and Jimmy Markham for taking care of Nadine. Nadine is preceded in death by her parents; Geneva and Emery Mattz, brothers; Jack, Emery, and Tony, sisters; Betty and Janet, Son David Franklin and daughter Diana Van Mechelen, Grandchildren; Jeremy and Charlie Franklin. Survived by; husband John Van Mechelen, sons; Vincent Matlock, John Franklin and Paul Van Mechelen, Sister/friend Lavina Bowers; brothers Marvin and Raymond Mattz, grandchildren; Ashley Matlock, Stephanie Weldon, John Franklin JR., McKenzie and Shelby Franklin, Ciera and Grant Klopmeyer, Paul Jr., Amanda, Kyle, and Mason Van Mchelen, great grandchildren; Kacen Zeckman, River, Truth and Wisdom Van Mchelen, Nakia Matlock, Donald and Cecilia Moore, Dorea, Deane, and Kyson Brown, Sam and Jeremy Jones, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins who loved her.

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Tammy Knight Moore
   Posted Wed May 13, 2020
John and family,
So sorry to hear of Nadine's passing. She was so much fun to visit with and growing up she always made me feel welcome in your home. Teaching me to make popcorn balls and go to sweat. What a sweet lady. We will definitely miss her smile around the community!
Blessings to your family.

Sara Haskett
   Posted Wed May 13, 2020
So sorry to hear about Nadine. She was a very kind person. I remember her from a when I was a child and she was my 4-h leader. Sending prayers to Cierra and the family. She will be missed.

Boyd and Millie Brookshier
   Posted Sat May 16, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Nadine's passing. We have many fond memories of Nadine and you riding around in the mountains. Nadine was a very talented person and her dolls were beautiful.

Joe Forth
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
To John and family,

I just got off the phone with Nadine's good friend of many years, Jimmy Markham. I knew them both from the time Diana and I became friends in junior high school. Nadine was a kind and generous person. My grandmother loved talking with Nadine about her tribal history and the dolls that she made. Nadine would visit her as she got older and couldn't get out to go to the gallery in Pendleton. Nadine didn't have to do that, but I always loved her for it. I know they enjoyed visiting with each other. I visited her at the gallery one time when I was in town visiting from Boston. Nadine gave myself and my partner three items from her gallery after we only purchased one. She didn't have to do that, but we display all three items in our home proudly and think of her every time we look at them. I'm sorry for her passing, and I send condolences to the family. I know she and her gentle, generous spirit will be missed by the many people in the community she became connected to over the years.

Connie rick lawyer abd bonnie schwabrow
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
John, Ciera, Grant and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. You guys have been through the wringer in the last 6 months now I'm so sorry there's anything you need I'm only a phone call away. Sincerely, Connie, Rick, and Bonnie

Mary Harris
   Posted Sat May 23, 2020
I think of you and Nadine often. The picture of the" Wild Bunch " hangs in my kitchen. Sorry you have lost Nadine. She was a very interesting woman. God Bless You John.

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