Bernice Dyk (1929 - 2013)

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"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain ... I will be with all of you for your growth and joy in the faith, so that my being with you will make your joy in Christ Jesus overflow." Philippians 1: 21, 26.

Bernice Dyk, a child of God, was welcomed up into the loving arms of her dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the peace and comfort of her home, while surrounded by her loving husband and family on Oct. 14, 2013 after a short but valiant fight with Leukemia.

Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother was created by the Lord with an abundance of love for her family and friends, a gracious and caring heart for all and a strength in faith which she imparted upon her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was such a blessing to everyone she met and came in contact with during her precious life on this earth.

We are now rejoicing and celebrating with her as she is no longer suffering, and is now seeing and experiencing the Glory of her dear Lord and Savior's face with His chosen children in heaven.

Bernice Dyk was born in Bozeman on Dec. 9, 1929 to her loving parents, Harry and Jennie (Post) Droge. She was the youngest of seven children, six girls and one boy. The family was raised and made their home on a dairy farm near Churchill, Mont. The siblings all learned how to work very hard doing their individual chores on the dairy or in the home to have a successful and loving family environment. She attended Baker Creek School and graduated from Manhattan High School. She was actively involved in the Christian Reformed Church youth education programs with her siblings as they grew up.

She met Arie Dyk while attending the church youth group fellowship. Bernice and Arie Dyk were married at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church on Dec. 14, 1948 and were blessed by God with 64 wonderful years together. The Lord blessed them with four children: Althea Joan, Colleen Faye, Brent Alden and Daniel Ray. They made their home in Churchill, Mont. operating a grain and potato farm.

Her greatest joy on earth was when she was near family for Sunday dinners, watching the kids and grandkids sports and school activities, during family holidays and gatherings. She was a very talented and meticulous homemaker for her husband and family. She sewed clothes for the children, cooked fabulous meals, kept the house spotless and never had idle hands. While sitting down to relax in the evening with her family, her hands were either crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching, embroidering or making dish scrubbier. She was a firm believer in never having idle hands. As her children grew up and started school, she became a waitress at the Churchill Cafe for several years. During harvest season she cooked and brought lunches and dinners for all the crew members working out in the fields as a thank you for all their hard work.

She had such a strong faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior and passed that on to so many other people and children. Bernice and Arie were charter members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church. She was a councilor in the young girls Calvinette Club, Sunday school teacher, member of the Ladies Afternoon Fellowship group, choir member, catering committee member and numerous other church functions throughout her life. She was such an amazing role model for all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and other people on how to serve our Lord and Savior.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Althea Flikkema; an infant daughter; brother, Jake Droge; sisters, Fannie Overweg-Ham and Ann Ramerman; sisters-in-law, Jennie Eggink and Jeanette Dyk and brothers-in-law, John Dyk, William Dyk, Leonard Dyk and Wilbur Dyk. She is survived by her loving husband, Arie Dyk; children, Colleen (Dave) Bishop, Brent Dyk (Peter Gilligan), and Daniel (Judy) Dyk; son-in-law, Matt (Carol) Flikkema, 21 grandchildren (including spouses), 15 great-grandchildren, sisters, Louise (Henry) Dyk, Nell VanDyken, Harriet (Bert) Kamps, sisters-in-law, Betty Dyk, Alice Dyk and Marge Dyk, numerous nephews and nieces.

Visitation hours will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service on Thursday evening (Oct. 17). Visitation with the family will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Bethel Christian Reformed Church followed by a memorial celebration at 10:30 a.m. with graveside services to follow at Churchill Cemetery. A fellowship lunch will follow the graveside at the Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernice's honor can be made to Manhattan Christian School.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2013
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