Gwen DeVries

5/19/2020

Gwen DeVries, a life-long resident of Warwick, NY, passed away in her sleep in the early morning hours of May 19, 2020 due to heart failure. She was 72.

 

Gwen was born on August 27, 1947, and was the daughter of Evelyn and Russell (Cheese) Reinauer.

 

Gwen was married to Henry DeVries for 51 years. She died only 18 days after his passing.

 

Gwen was a 1965 graduate of Warwick Valley High School, and a graduate of Orange County Community College, where she earned a nursing degree. As a registered nurse, she worked at several healthcare providers in the Orange County area, including time at Arden Hill Hospital, St. Anthony’s Hospital, and the former Pius XII in Chester.

 

Those who knew Gwen know both of her strong will and her endless love and adoration of her son and her grandchildren, Lucy and Nora. She will be missed. Like her husband, Henry, Gwen was a long-time member of the Warwick United Methodist Church. Gwen loved musicals, lemon meringue pie, and Rod Stewart. Beset by a series of long-term illnesses and struggles with her health, Gwen spent many weeks and months in hospitals throughout her life, having survived three heart attacks and multiple surgeries.

 

Gwen is survived by son, Daniel, daughter-in-law Stephanie, and grandchildren, Lucy and Nora, of Vernon, NY. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Jenny DeVries of Goshen, NY; sister-in-law Jenny Morash and her husband Sam of Middletown, NY and sister-in-law Shirley Jarocki and her husband Paul, of Florida, NY. Gwen is also survived by several cousins.

 

A memorial gathering will be held in Gwen and Henry’s honor at a later date due to the current social distancing requirements of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Gifts in lieu of flowers are asked to be sent to Meals on Wheels of Warwick, P.O. Box 98, Warwick, NY 10990, or the Warwick Valley Humane Society at wvhumane.org.

 

Due to the corona virus restrictions on public gatherings, arrangements were private.

 

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So sorry to hear of passing of both parents Daniel. I started into nursing at Arden Hill as a nursing assistant while going to the Mount for nursing. I worked many night shifts with Gwen as an NA and RN. My husband new Henry when he worked at Mid-Orange. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Donna Kleister
5/26/2020
condolences. so sorry to hear this. Alice Blake Coates, Helen and George Scheuerman, Lori Blake -Sosa
alice blake coates
5/23/2020
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