Gertrude Caroline (Vander Tuig) Docter went to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 14, 2019, with her family at her side.
Gertrude was born on March 18, 1931 in Sheldon, Iowa. She was one of seven children born to Dick and Alice Vander Tuig. At a very young age her family moved from Iowa to California.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her faithful husband, Henry Docter of 68 years. Together they owned McLean’s Stationery store. Gertrude was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved baking, cooking and sewing. She made leather booties for the dogs involved in the search and rescue of the victims in the 9-11 attack. She drove a school bus for Ontario Christian School, enjoyed camping, gardening and she had a caring heart for those with special needs.
She was a member of the First United Reformed Church of Chino, California.
Gertrude is survived by her four daughters; Alva Joan Ellefson of Upland, California, Aileen (Jerry) Stueve of Ontario, California, Charlene (Jerry) De Jong of Camas, Washington and Corinne (Gary) Visser of Sunnyside, Washington. Gertrude was blessed with 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Shorty Vander Tuig, Dale Vander Tuig, and her sister Mary Jean Vanden Brink. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Milen Vander Tuig, Lambert Vander Tuig and her sister Henrietta Harmsen and son-in-law Bob Ellefson.
The family would like to thank the staff at Oakmont of Chino Hills, for the love and exceptional care they showed our mother and our family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ontario Christian School.
Services were held Thursday, Feb. 21 at the First United Reformed Church of Chino.