Gertrude “Doc” Van Auken passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 26th, 2015, at the age of 96. She earned the nickname “Doc” while in the WAVES Naval service during WWII because her maiden name was Dougherty. She graduated from Holy Spirit High School in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and joined the WAVES shortly after Pearl Harbor attack and served until her marriage in June, 1945.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years John, and four children: John Jay of Virginia Beach, Gary of Green Cove Springs, Florida, Paul of Virginia Beach, and Mimi McDonough of South Plainfield, New Jersey, plus seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending through Family Choice Funerals and Cremations. In lieu of flowers, any donations to Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater in her memory would be appreciated.
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Thank you, Mrs. Van Auken, for your service to our country in the United States Navy.Send FlowersPlant a Tree