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Irene B. Derstine

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IRENE DERSTINE Irene B. Derstine, 91, of Franconia Twp., went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in the skilled nursing unit of the Souderton Mennonite Homes. She was the beloved wife of the late Elwood A. Derstine who died in 1987. Born in Franconia Twp., she was a daughter of the late Wilmer and Marietta (Bergey) Souder. A homemaker for most of her life, she also assisted with daily cleaning at the Penn View Christian School in Souderton for 29 years. In her earlier years, she worked at the SunLite Shoppe, and in the kitchen at the Franconia Consolidated School. Mrs. Derstine was a longtime member of Franconia Mennonite Church. In her free time she enjoyed gardening, playing piano, and reading. She is survived by three sons, Terry S. Derstine and his wife, Linda, of Souderton, William S. Derstine and his wife, Janet, of Telford and Ray S. Derstine and his wife, Darlene, of Telford; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; a sister, Rhoda Landis and her husband, Linford, of Pennsburg. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Rosanna, four brothers, Stanley Souder, Harley Souder, Wilmer Souder, Jr., Ray Souder and three sisters, Roberta Moyer, Erma Halteman and Mary Catherine Young. Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 29, at 1:30PM in the Summit View Auditorium of the Souderton Mennonite Homes, 207 W. Summit St., Souderton. Interment will follow in the Franconia Mennonite Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 12 to 1:30PM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Franconia Mennonite Church, 613 Harleysville Pike, Telford, PA 18969. Arrangements are by the Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, Telford. www.sadlersuessfuneralhome.net

Published in The Reporter on July 27, 2013
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