Dirkje “Dika” de Bloois passed away peacefully on Friday, August 16, 2019 in Pennsylvania with family at her side. Mrs. de Bloois was born in February of 1931 in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands. Her parents were Pieter and Katharina Bijl.
Dirkje is the widow of her second husband John Zonneveld, Sr. He died in 2017; they were married 10 years.
Arij, Dirkje’s first husband to whom she was married for 53 years died in 2005. They had five children: Maria (Bruce); Cathy (Brian), Lillian (Bob), John (Karen) and Marc (Sandra). Arij and Dirkje had 10 grandchildren: Alicia, Erin, Robert, Eileen, Andrew, Jonathan, Derek and Aaron of Wyoming, DE and Annemieke and Arielle. Dirkje had seven great grandsons and two great granddaughters. She is survived by her sister Lenie Sonneveld (Wim) of the Netherlands; a brother in law Piet de Bloois (Nel) and four sisters in laws Jant Meuldijk, Corrie Bijl, Truus Bijl and Grace Byl and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was a cherished mother and Oma (grandmother) to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mrs. de Bloois was a homemaker and member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dover and served in the LWML and Altar Guild in her younger years. Family and faith were important to her. She was proud to earn her high school diploma in 1975 and encouraged her children to value education.
A private graveside service will be held at Barratt’s Chapel Cemetery, Frederica. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Crossroads Hospice of Plymouth Meeting, PA, Lutheran World Relief or to a group doing Alzheimer’s research.
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