Lorianne Claire VanDerhoff, née Brazil, passed away after a
long hard fight with pancreatic cancer on Monday June 5, 2017. Her husband and her two sons were by her side
when she passed.
Lori, as everyone knew her by, was born on July 24, 1957 in
Oakland, California. Her parents were
Clarence and Jackie Brazil. The family
lived around the Bay Area for a number of years. Lori’s father worked in various occupations,
and he would remodel homes and sell them, so there were several moves. One of
the places that Lori spoke of often was the house in Sonoma, that was across a
small creek where many types of berries grew.
Her family decided to move to Idaho in the late 60’s and
they settled in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Lori continued with her schooling there and graduated from Coeur d’Alene
High in 1975. While living in Cd’A Lori
worked at several jobs. She kept the
books for Dex Bailey Tires and worked at Undy’s FrosTop Drive In. She also helped at the Garden Motel on Northwest
Boulevard with her best friend, Georgia Kiele.
George’s family became Lori’s second family in Coeur d’Alene and a
lifetime friendship was shared between them.
Lori attended several
colleges and universities. Eventually
Lori moved to Boise, where her mother had moved after a divorce and lived at
the Idaho Commission for the Blind where her mother worked. She finished her degree at Boise State
University, majoring in Mathematics.
Lori chose math because she wanted to work in computer programming. A degree in Math was a requirement at that
time for a programmer.
Lori’s first professional job was working at Ore-Ida Foods
in Boise in the IT Department. She
started as an intern and then was hired after graduating in 1984. Lori had a great career with Ore-Ida, and travelled
to many of the company’s factories throughout the United States.
Ore-Ida moved to Pittsburg in 1999. Lori decided she did not want to move with
the company and had to find her next career.
She was hired at Blue Cross of Idaho in 2000 and worked there as a
programmer analyst until she had to medically retire in 2013. Again, she developed many friendships through
her work and enjoyed it immensely.
In 1986, Lori met her husband Chuck VanDerhoff at the Boise
Singles Club where they were paired together as Pinochle partners. The pairing must have worked, as they were
married on June 26, 1988 and would have celebrated their 29
wedding anniversary this month. Lori
gave birth to two sons, Christopher in 1991 and Daniel in 1994.
Lori and Chuck got to take many trips with their boys, and
always enjoyed good laughs and good food with friends and families. Lori was a superb baker, and was known for
her cakes and pies. Lori also liked to
quilt and through quilting established her friendship with Mary Sanders, whom
Lori took care of in Mary’s advanced years.
A great deal of appreciation would like to be given to many
people who helped care for Lori after she contracted her disease. This group includes the St. Lukes Hospice
workers, Mountain States Tumor Institute with Dr. Dan Zuckerman and his staff. Also at MSTI, were the many nurses and staff
who treated Lori with much love and care.
Lori is survived by her husband Chuck, and sons, Daniel and
Christopher. She is also survived by
both her parents, Clarence Brazil of Polson Montana and Jackie Brazil of Boise
Idaho, along with her brother Brian Brazil of Eugene Oregon and David Brazil of
A viewing will be held at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, at
5400 Fairview Ave, Boise Idaho on Friday June 9
from 6 to 8
pm. Her service will be held on
Saturday, June 10
at Alden-Waggoner at 1 pm.
There will be no
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pancreatic Cancer
Action Network in Lori’s name would be greatly appreciated.