Gerarda (Gerry) DeWild Hermanussen was born April 19, 1924 in The Netherlands. She immigrated to America in 1952 and settled in Wisconsin. On one visit back to Holland, Gerry was introduced to John Hermanussen, who was also a Dutch immigrant living in America (Nebraska). They courted from afar and married in 1958 on her 34th birthday. Gerry and John made their home in Lincoln, Nebraska and had four children: Francis (John), Maria, Michelle, and Suzanne. In 1972, the family relocated to Lakewood, Colorado where John worked at the Federal Center. Gerry was a stay-at-home mom who was very devoted to her family. She was a talented seamstress and enthusiastically applied her skills to her family and home. She was very supportive of her kids' many activities and determined that they get a good education to live the American dream for which she and John had left Holland. With the kids in school, Gerry studied to be a realtor and her gregarious nature led her to be a top listing agent in the Green Mountain area where they lived. After John retired they moved to Sun City, Arizona, where Gerry honed her lawn bowling and card/game player skills. She became an Oma (grandmother) nine times over as her children got married and started families: Brent and Bryce Hermanussen (John and Cheri); Jackson, Marlee and Sam Marcus (Maria and Brian); Zachary and Erica Sawicki (Michelle and Patrice); and Jacob and Jarrod Rivera (Suzanne and Rich). In 2005, they moved to Broomfield, Colorado to be closer to the kids and grandkids. John developed health issues and Gerry cared for him until he passed in 2011. They were married 53 years. In 2014, Gerry moved into the Meridian where she thrived with all the social activities, games, and lovely friends. She remained active and healthy until the last year when she developed a heart condition that would eventually lead to her passing on April 12, 2020. Just as she was devoted to her children, they were devoted to her, and in her final months, with her day and night so she wouldn't be alone. A testament to the strong family bonds she forged, her children gave her strength in the end. Gerry was born on Easter eve and passed away on Easter morning, a holy day of rebirth and ascension into heaven. She lived a life of deep faith and now lives in eternal peace in heaven. Memorial services will be held on July 10, 2020 at 2pm at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lakewood.
Published in Colorado Community Media from Jun. 12 to Jun. 18, 2020.