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March 2, 2022

Gerda Ann (Hendriks) De Vos of Ancaster and Point Clark, died peacefully in her home, among her family, March 2, 2022, at the age of 54, after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Beloved wife of Murray, married July 25, 1998, and together for 39 years. Loved mother of Gerrit and Blake. Predeceased by her parents, Martin and Nolda Hendriks; brothers, Willie and Peter; and brother-in-law, Louis Kosmerly. She will be lovingly remembered by her sisters, Joanne (Ron) Menary, Betty Hendriks (Patrick Carter), Rita (Mark) Tully and Linda Kosmerly Hendriks; and her brothers, Henry (Annette), Joe, Tony, and Casey (Cathy); as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and -nephews. Gerda graduated from Conestoga College in 1987 after completing the RN program. She was proud to call herself a Registered Nurse until the day she died. She began working at Hamilton Health Sciences shortly after her graduation and continued working there until her health forced her to go on long-term disability. Among the areas worked were the PACU (recovery room) and Diagnostic Imaging at the General Campus, and later in the Endoscopy Department at the Juravinski campus. When not nursing or raising her children, Gerda loved participating in several ladies’ sports leagues: the Ancaster Ladies 3-Pitch league and the Ancaster Ladies Volleyball league. She volunteered with the Ancaster Lions Club and sat on the board of directors of St. Joachim’s Children’s Centre. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends at her cottage in Point Clark. Gerda was a beautiful soul who loved life and never gave up hope that she would beat cancer. She had an irresistible smile and a warm personality that drew all into her circle of friends. She lived life to the fullest till the day she died. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten by all who knew and loved her. Thanks to her physicians at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, Dr. Khazemi and Dr. Greenspoon, the members of their teams, the staff at the RESSCU unit, and her family physician, Dr. S. Szarka. In keeping with Gerda’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, from 5-9 p.m. The memorial service will take place at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, William J. Markey Chapel, 947 Rymal Road East, Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Bob Kemp Hospice, or that you share a heartfelt story about Gerda with her family.