- Nestor, 80, died on August 26th at Emanuel Hospital in
Portland. Nestor was born on May 13,1935 in Stayton. He was
the oldest son of Joseph and Magdalen Van Handel. In 1954 he
graduated from St. Boniface High School. At St. Boniface
Nestor was known for his tenor singing voice and was the lead
tenor in the school’s musical and theatrical productions.
followed his grandfather and father in the family business.
For 50 years Nestor completed brick and stone work on hundreds
of homes and businesses in the greater Stayton/Sublimity area.
He took an immense amount of care and pride in his masonry
work. Nestor was known for his attention to detail and
will be remembered for his wonderful humor, kind heart and
generosity. He was a loyal friend always willing to help
anyone in need. He had passion for animals, photography,
gardening, and travel. After retiring Nestor moved to
is survived by his twin sister: Gladys Shankle of Seattle, WA;
brother: Urban (Linda) Van Handel of Stayton; sister: Mary Van
Handel of Portland; and brother: Peter (Tina) Van Handel of
Stayton. Nestor was also a much beloved uncle to his nieces
Cindy Devine, Peggy Lulay, and Ann Shankle-Glasper and nephew
Joe Van Handel.
family services held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
with burial at St. Mary Cemetery following. Serving the
family, North Santiam
Funeral Service, Stayton.