Dorothy M. Ouwerkerk

  • Born: August 24, 1932
  • Died: April 4, 2018
  • Location: New Bremen, Ohio

Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home

225 W. Monroe Street
New Bremen, OH 45869

Tel. (419) 629-2147

Tribute & Message From The Family


of Miamisburg, formerly of New Bremen, died at 3:05 A.M. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Ohio's Hospice of Dayton. She was born on August 24, 1932 in Springfield, MA to the late Frank and Mary (Stefanik) Giedrich. On October 16, 1954 she married John N. Ouwerkerk in Springfield, MA, and he died on June 1, 1991. Surviving are her children Joan (Tony) Johnson of Dayton, J. Nick (Ceil) Ouwerkerk of Staunton, VA, and Mark (Dawn) Ouwerkerk of Pensacola, FL, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Dot was a long-time member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, where she took an active role in the life of the church by singing in the choir, playing in the bell choir, being a part of the Satellite group and the Mission Team, helping with the youth group, and many other activities. She was active in the OCCL of New Bremen, and the Joint Township Hospital Guild for many years. She was an avid New Bremen Cardinal fan, a Duke basketball fan, and a Michigan Wolverine football fan, and enjoyed watching tennis. She and John enjoyed entertaining family and friends in their home over the years, and also enjoyed the many family vacations to Lake Michigan. She enjoyed playing cards, and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Dorothy was a graduate of Bridgeport Central High School, and the Baypath Junior College. Over the years, she worked at the St. Marys Cotton Mill, Brookside Laboratories, and the Auglaize County Clerk of Courts.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen with Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling hours will be held prior to the services on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 12:00 until 2:00 P.M. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Dorothy can be made to St. Paul U.C.C., or Ohio's Hospice of Dayton. The Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen has been entrusted with the arrangements, and condolences to the Ouwerkerk family can be left online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

My sympathies to Joan, Nick, Mark & families...I had the pleasure of being Dot's hairdresser for a number of years at Hair Performers in New Bremen. Dot was so much fun to be around and I have so many great memories of her! She had a wonderful sense of humor...just thinking of her brings a smile to my face! You all were so special to her...her face lit up anytime she talked about her family. Prayers for all.

Posted by Bernice Lefeld - St Henry, OH - Friend   April 13, 2018

What a delightful fun person your mother! It was always a joy to be with her.

Posted by Mary Ann Olding - Friend   April 11, 2018

Joan, prayers for healing and comfort. This happened so quickly, and it is my sincere hope that your mother passed peacefully. It was great to see her smile two weeks ago at Sycamore. Love to you all!~~ Jeri

Posted by Jeri Neidhard - Friend   April 10, 2018

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Sorry I missed the viewing.

Posted by Rhonda (Sommer) Gill - New Bremen, OH - Neighbor   April 08, 2018

I am glad I was able to visit with Aunt Dot at the cousins reunion several years ago. She was so happy to be there with all the family. I will always remember her warmth and wonderful sense of humor. Joan, Nick and Mark, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Martha (DeRose) Pinsky - Issaquah, WA - family   April 08, 2018

To my cousins Joan, Nick and Mark, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Aunt Dot had this infectious laugh and sense of humor I will always remember and the times with you all at Lake Michigan growing up are fond memories. Thinking of you. Rick

Posted by Rick DeRose - Vass, NC - family   April 07, 2018


To Joan, Nick and Mark I extend my sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mother. I served with Dot in the Church Choir right after Confirmation and much later after the formation of the Mission Team. I always knew Dot as outgoing and positive. I never saw her without smile. May God hold you in His arms as you go through this difficult time.

Posted by Gary Wehmeyer Wehmeyer - BELLEFONTAINE, OH - Friend   April 07, 2018

Thinking of you Joan, Tony, Brynne, Andrew, Jen and Caleb! I loved your mom!

Posted by Kim Graham - Beachwood, OH - Friend   April 06, 2018

Dot was such a wonderful friend of our family, as was John, and I will miss her in this life. I have so many memories and stories, it's hard to know where to begin, and a lot of shared laughter. I sang in church choir for many years, and her longtime friendship with my Mother kept her in our lives all of these years. How well I remember the raucous game parties, especially Ohio State - Michigan game parties, the house parties, her fun sense of humor, her pride in her family and children, and her loyal friendship to my Mom. We all had a great time on our trip to Europe together, and I will always remember the look on her face when we walked into a place in Lucerne, Switzerland, and the band started to play "Take Me Home Country Roads" and somebody asked her to get up dance, and she did! Dot will be missed in this life.

Posted by Bill Hack - Friend   April 06, 2018

Joan, Nick & Mark & your families: I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was a special lady. I really enjoyed singing in the church choir with her. And spending time at your house when we were in high school. You are all in my thoughts & prayers.
Sincerely, Diane Fark Fisher

Posted by diane Fark Fisher - ada, OH - Friend   April 06, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. You've had a lot of years with her and will always have those memories. I know it is really hard though. She was a great lady!❤

Posted by Deb Barhorst (Fark) - Ada - Friend   April 06, 2018

Dot and her friend Carolyn helped me every Saturday night at the weekly movie at Sycamore Glen. They would both sit and portion out the popcorn for our audience.
And they had the most fun together! One would spill a few popcorn kernels, & that would start the laughter. I always told them they were having entirely too much fun, & if they didn't shape up, I'd have to fire them - so they just laughed all the more!!
If you should find a little angel figure among Dot's belongings that carries a sign saying "You're the best.", it was from me -- because that's how I felt about her. She was the Best.

Posted by Sylvia Jacob - Miamisburg, OH - Friend   April 06, 2018

To the family my sincere condolences for your loss. She had a great sense of humor and was pleasant to be around. May the good memories and fellowship of friends give you all comfort.

Posted by Marilyn Sommer - New Bremen, OH - Friend   April 05, 2018