Beatrice Derck

SUNBURY Beatrice Arlene Wolf Derck was called Home by Jesus Christ, her beloved Lord and Savior, on July 20, 2014. Bea was born in Lehighton, PA in 1920 to Rev. Norman H. and Esther (Gehret) Wolf. She was a proud member of the Sunbury High School Class of 1939, and after graduation she worked at the American Red Cross Associates Veteran's Administration Offices in Sunbury. In 1942 her father joined her and Marlin Russell Derck of Sunbury, PA in holy matrimony at the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church (now Sunbury Bible Fellowship Church). Beats and Mart spent 61 wonderful years loving each other and loving their Lord. Together they raised four girls: Judy Louise (wife of Steven Hain, Lititz, PA and Black Hawk, CO), Karen Renee (wife of Neil Musselman, Lititz, PA), Gail Ann (wife of Joseph Mullen, Bloomsburg, PA), and Debra Lou (wife of James Rinker, Hanover, PA). In addition to tenderly raising and nurturing her daughters, Beats served Jesus by offering a ready smile and kindly words to others. Many children and women were blessed to have her as their Sunday school teacher. When Marlin retired as manager of the J. C. Penney store in Hanover, PA, she and Mart returned to Sunbury where they enjoyed farm life in the Seven Points area. Their farm may be best remembered for the abundance of beautiful flowers and for the signage on the tractor shed which encouraged folks to remember that "Wise Men Still Seek Christ." In addition to her daughters and sons, Beatrice is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and John Derck, Rhinelander, WI, and by her grandchildren: Bartholomew Hain (husband of Courtney), St. Thomas, V.I., Katherine Mullen, Bloomsburg, PA, John Mullen, Bloomsburg, PA, and Sarah Rinker, Hanover, PA. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her brother, Horace Kauffman, and her sister, Thelma Smock. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 29th from 10-11 AM at Blank Funeral Home with Graveside Service following at the Northumberland Memorial Park Cemetery, Sunbury, PA. Though her body will be interred on this earth, Beats, along with Mart and so many other family and friends, are already joyously "Living above with Him!"

Funeral Home

Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home
309 Water St Northumberland, PA 17857
(570) 473-7026

Published in Evening Sun on July 27, 2014