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Dorothy M. Ouwerkerk
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  • St. Paul United Church of Christ
    115 N. Franklin St.
    New Bremen, OH 45869

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“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....Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Bernice Lefeld - St Henry, OH

“What a delightful fun person your mother! It was always a joy to be with her. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Ann Olding - Friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Jeri Neidhard - Friend

“So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Sorry I missed the viewing. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Rhonda (Sommer) Gill - New Bremen, OH

“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...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Martha (DeRose) Pinsky - Issaquah, WA

“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...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Rick DeRose - Vass, NC - family

“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...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Gary Wehmeyer Wehmeyer - OH

“Thinking of you Joan, Tony, Brynne, Andrew, Jen and Caleb! I loved your mom! ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Kim Graham - Beachwood, OH

“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...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Bill Hack - Friend

“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...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: diane Fark Fisher - ada, OH

“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....Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Deb Barhorst (Fark) - Ada

“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...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Sylvia Jacob - Miamisburg, OH

“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...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Marilyn Sommer - New Bremen, OH

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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