Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 16, 2013

Dorothy H. Gezon


TRAVERSE CITY — Dorothy H. (Smitter) Gezon passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2013. She was surrounded by her daughters, Lynne Gezon Simmons, Kathy Leahy, Vicki Gezon, Mary Gezon and Debbie Gezon, also in spirit by her dearly departed husband, Howard Gezon, and daughter, Judy Gezon.

She was born on Sept. 2, 1920, to Jacob Smitter and Marie Minderman Smitter in Rockingham, N.C.

Dorothy had received a full scholarship to Cal Tech, where she studied calculus. After attending Cal Tech she went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids; while studying nursing she pursued a bit of theater, and Howard. They married in 1944 after Howard had enlisted in the army, and they were happily married until his passing in 1989. She started her world travels by following him around the U.S. during his military career, later traveling to Holland, France and other countries with Howard or one of her daughters.

Her life was very full and active. Some of her biggest joys came from spending time with her family and friends, staying involved in her church, volunteering at Love Inc., dancing, swimming, staying fit and participating in The Symphony Society of Grand Rapids and other organizations; she also had a love of entertaining at her house with great style.

The last two decades of her life her past acquaintance with John Timmer from Central Reformed Church turned into a new best friend and travel companion. They continued the exploration of the world that she had started with Howard and her daughters.

Dorothy is survived by her five remaining daughters; sons-in-law, Ren Simmons, Tim Leahy and Doug Jacobs; grandchildren, James Alden Simmons, Lauren Marie Leahy, Nate Gezon Jacobs and Garrett Gezon Jacobs; her sister-in-law, Connie Gezon; her deceased and much loved sister Ruth DeJong's children, Patricia, Maribeth, Steve and Leslie and their families; along with the second great love of her life, John Timmer.

There will be a small memorial service at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and another held at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids at 3 p.m. today, Feb. 16, 2013.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Love Inc. in Traverse City.