Tina was born in Ede, The Netherlands, on Nov. 30, 1931. After the end of World War II, she moved with parents Frank and Lambertina (Pijpstra) Bueckert to Vernon B.C., Canada, where she completed high school. She excelled in her studies, athletics and music. She sang in an operetta and often played violin concerts over the radio. The family moved to Prineville, Ore., in 1952 and later became U.S. citizens.
Tina married Jyrle Van Moore on March 15, 1958 in Prineville and had four children. They lived in Prineville, Ore., until 1978 when they moved to Hermiston, Ore. Tina loved reading, classical music, operas, ballets, photography, and most of all, spending time with her family. She and Van enjoyed several years of taking their two Basenji dogs to their cabin in the pristine Wallowa Mountains in eastern Oregon. Tina also took pleasure in tending to their beautiful backyard filled with endless foliage and cascading creek. After her retirement in 2005 she and Van traveled to The Netherlands for a wonderful reunion with extended family.
Tina graduated from University of Portland School of Nursing in Portland Ore., where she later earned her master of science in nursing education. Her nursing career included Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville as a floor nurse and director of nurses, and Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston, Ore., as an OB nurse. She was instructor of nursing at Central Oregon Community College in Bend and the instructor of obstetric nursing at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore. In addition to participating in college-sponsored trips to China and Spain for professional observation, her advocacy for modernization of birthing procedures was instrumental in obtaining the first birthing chair at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Tina loved her career, especially the joy of helping deliver babies and working with many former students.
Tina always took the initiative in her professional and personal life - she believed it was the little things that made the difference and mattered most in life. Her instruction and compassion which touched the lives of so many will be greatly missed. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out.
Lambertina is survived by: her husband Jyrle (Van); their son Kelly of Cleburne, Texas; son and daughter-in-law Gerald and Joanie of Hermiston; daughter Joan of Hermiston, and son and daughter-in-law Brian and Arlene of Hermiston, Ore.; seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews; sister and brother-in-law Diana and James Rice of Prineville and sister Marion Edwards of Prineville, sister Frances Morin of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and brother Les Bueckert of Bay City, Ore. Also surviving are numerous close family members in The Netherlands.
An open-house memorial will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at New Hope Church, 1350 S Hwy 395, Hermiston, OR.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 1050 W Elm Ave, Hermiston OR.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838 is in care of arrangements.