Gerritje “Gerrie” Dicou DeWolf was born on October 8, 1935, in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands to Jacob Johann Dicou and Gerritje Verbeek Dicou. Gerrie returned to her heavenly home on October 2, 2023, just 6 days short of her 88th birthday. The youngest of nine children, she is survived by a sister Janna Dicou Van Leeuwen (Karel, deceased) and a brother Dirk (Louise) Dicou. Her parents, four brothers, two sisters, and their spouses predeceased her: Willem (Marie) Dicou, Gerrit (Henny) Dicou, Cornelis (Suzanne) Dicou, and Johannes “John” (Hendrica) Dicou, Hendrika (Jan) Grefhorst, and Jacoba Dicou. She is also survived by 25 nieces and nephews and their posterity.
With her parents, Gerrie and her brother Dirk emigrated to Salt Lake City in 1954, joining two brothers and two sisters already there. The family worked hard to establish a new life. Gerrie was a seamstress at Beehive Clothing Mills for more than 30 years and retired from there. Early in her adulthood, she married and divorced Jan DeWolf. After her father died, she lived with her mother and sister Jacoba in the Avenues of Salt Lake City.
Gerrie had a ready smile, a believing heart, and a generosity toward others. She willingly and often gave to others and donated to causes she believed in. She enjoyed dogs and cats and fed the birds around her home on a regular basis. She attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her whole life. She liked to do puzzles and was a keen observer of life around her.
During the Covid pandemic, it became increasingly difficult for Gerrie to maintain her home and take care of herself. She moved to Summit Senior Care where she made new friends, had activities to watch or participate in, and could let someone else do the cooking. The family appreciates those who helped make her life there comfortable and enjoyable. She was tenderly cared for. Hospice was involved as her needs increased and her abilities declined. However, she never lost her smile and the desire to give to others.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday October 10, 2023, at Mountain View Memorial Cemetery, 3115 E 7800 S, Cottonwood Heights. A viewing will be held from 12:30-1:00 and a graveside service from 1:15-1:45.