On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, Gérardine Julienne van den Bossche (née Vanuytrecht), a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully at the age of 92. Born in Ixelles, Belgium on May 13, 1930, Gérardine was the daughter of Armandus and Martha (Hardy) Vanuytrecht.
Gérardine was predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband Edmond, and her brother Désiré Vanuytrecht. She will be forever missed by her children, Anne-Rose (Stephen Fredericks) and Philippe (Cory), her grandchildren Sophia, Aria, Sacha, and Eila, her sister-in-law Leontine Eelen, and her nieces and nephews.
In 1965, Gérardine joined the faculty of Iona College as a professor of French. She later became the Director of International Studies and was devoted to her students for 30 years. Gérardine was a woman of great passion and dedication, committed to peace and social justice. In 1979, she was the second recipient of the Hugh J. McCabe Memorial Award for Social Justice at Iona.
Gérardine was not only a mentor to many students, but she also made a lasting impact on the world. In 1986, she helped a former student establish a technical school in Rabat, Morocco, which continues to provide education and opportunities to this day.
Gérardine’s love, compassion, and dedication will be remembered by all who knew her. She was a shining light in the world and will be greatly missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Joseph’s Church in Bronxville, NY on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 9:45 am.
Donations to Save the Children are appreciated in lieu of flowers.