Geraldine "Gerrie" F. Van Dyke

Tuesday, April 17th, 1934 - Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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Geraldine Faith Van Dyke age 86, was welcomed into Heaven on May 22, 2020. She passed peacefully from her home in Hood River, Oregon surrounded by her family.

Gerrie is survived by her sisters Darlene Briggs and Jean Hultquist, her son Ralph Van Dyke, her daughters Kimberly Swan and Kathy Fleig, nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Born in 1934 in Sioux City, Iowa to Johannes and Edna Van Dyke, she was the 6th of 7 children. Raised in a Christian home, she held on to her faith and shared the love of God in her humble way of service everywhere she lived. She came to Portland, Oregon in the early 1950’s abd worked at Kress Department Store for 17 years. She then went to work for the Postal Service from which she retired after 30 years in 1999. She moved to Hood River in 2007.

She had a servants heart and that played out in many ways in the churches she attended the communities she lived in. She taught Sunday School, served in the nursery, worked in the church office, and was a church council member among many other things. As a greeter she had the loving nickname of “The Gum Lady” because she always had some fun form of chewing gum to give to children.

Gerrie also served her communities by volunteering at many places in Portland and Hood River. Her gift of caring was a blessing to countless people and most of all to her family. She kept the family connections going strong with phone calls, cards, and gifts. She always picked the perfect Hallmark card, or two to confirm her love and appreciation.

Her smiling face easy laugh will be missed by all whom she loved and served graciously and generously. Her humble, gentle and intelligent nature will long be remembered and cherished.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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Jacky Koester

Posted at 07:29pm
To the family of Gerrie,
Gerrie was an amazing volunteer during my time as activity director at Brookside Manor and beyond my time there.
She was a bright star in my eye who has become a treasured friend to me over the years we worked together. We had a wonderful lunch out in January where we talked about many of the activities we had done together at Brookside. I don't think the word "no I can't" existed in her vocabulary instead she was the first one to say "yes I can " and always with a beautiful smile.
Residents enjoyed her company and help that she provided to them. She was the queen of calling Bingo and always added a few extra treats for residents.
Geraldine will be missed by anyone who truly knew her." RIP Gerrie"
Jacky Koester

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