Gertrude D Ross

June 8, 1934 ~ March 13, 2021 (age 86)


Gertrude D. (Dirks) Ross, 86, of Pekin, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Unity Point Health-Pekin.

She was born June 8, 1934 to Albert and Aleida Van Hoorn Dirks.

Surviving are her children, James “Pete” (Barb) Ross of Delavan, Debbie Knuppel of Delavan, Susan Haney of Delavan, and Tom (Inge) Ross of Las Vegas, NV; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one brother, George Dirks; two sisters, Dorothy DeBord and Anna Whitbeck.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Dick, Albert and Alfred Dirks; two sisters, Nancy Aspeitia and Annetta Tillman.

She worked at Hopedale Hospital for 28 years and at Pleasant Hill Antique Mall until she was 72 years old.

Gertrude was a member of the Pekin First United Methodist Church, where she volunteered making quilts and making and mailing out the Messenger bulletin.

She enjoyed quilting, where she made a quilt for each of her grandchildren and siblings, sewing, gardening, but most of all, spending time with her family. She had a great appreciation for antiques.

Cremation has been accorded. There will be no services.  Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Delavan is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 401 NE Monroe St., Peoria, IL 61603.

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