Gertrude Doleman died May 30, a week after testing positive for coronavirus. She was 103, and had lived on her own until just after her 99th birthday, when she moved into a nursing home. For many years, she cleaned and cooked all week in her job at an ice cream plant, then volunteered with the Altar Guild every Saturday morning to clean the sanctuary of her beloved parish church, St. Peter’s in Washington, DC. A convert to Catholicism, Gertrude modeled humility and steadiness in her faith and life; she enjoyed crab cakes, Tiger Woods wins, and hearing about other people’s big and small adventures.
Submitted by Nancy Hartnagel, Washington, DC