Bonnie L. Derk

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Bonnie L. Derk

August 25, 1942 - August 11, 2018

On Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at 2:47 p.m., Bonnie L. Derk, my incredible wife Bonnie, my best friend, the love of my life, my solid rock, my joy and my happiness was welcomed into the arms of Jesus. There has never been nor ever be another woman like Bonnie. She was the best person I have ever known. She was the kindest person I have ever known. She was so giving of unconditional love to everyone she knew, and they returned that love to her. She was my very best friend, my incredible lover, my partner in everything we did, and since retirement my constant companion nearly every moment of every day. We did absolutely everything together and loved our time together to the hilt. She loved God, loved her family, loved her friends and loved her church. She was my calm in the storm, my refuge and my strength when life seemed to get the best of us. Through many incredibly wonderful times and some distressingly difficult times we laughed together, cried together, played together, worked together, hugged together and loved one another with a love so deep that I can't describe it. I will savor the wonderful memories every day for the rest of my life until I join her.

I am totally thankful to God for putting us together nearly 60 years ago when we met as servers at a high school banquet. And after nearly 56 years of marriage every day with Bonnie was still what gave me joy and comfort and happiness. Together we were blessed with three special sons and three incredible grandchildren, and she was the best mom and best gram the world has ever known...just ask them! She was the rock and the glue that held us together through many difficult times. And Bonnie was a cherished friend to the many who were lucky enough to know her. Her beautiful, kind, gentle spirit was contagious, and affected everyone around her. She made all of us better people just by being around her. She was an amazing, one of a kind gift from God.

If you ever wondered what a true Christian is like, Galatians 5:22 says: 'the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control'. That's my Bonnie! Those of us who knew and loved Bonnie would give her an A+ in every one of those virtues. She was truly a woman who walked the walk. She was so very special and Godly and the world will be a darker place because she is no longer with us to light our way.

I could go on forever talking about Bonnie and how incredible a person she was. She will live always in our hearts. For now, with a broken heart and many tears I am just thankful to God that she is in a place where there are no more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death. And I can't wait to see her again and hold her hand and touch her lips and tell her once again how much I love her.

She was born on Aug. 25, 1942, in Sunbury, the daughter of the late Kay Kratzer and Marjorie Eleanor (Klock) Klinger. On Nov. 4, 1961, she married Ronald E. Derk, who survives.

Bonnie worked as a special needs teacher's aide for many years. She also worked at Lewisburg Plastic Surgery office.

She was a member of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Lewisburg, where she was active in many roles and actually gave the church its name when it was formed.

Bonnie had many interests, including; planting and taking care of flowers, cooking and baking, and watching birds and wildlife on her property. She also enjoyed traveling and being with her family. She was selfless and would help anyone in need.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons and one daughter-in-law, Gregory Derk of Lewisburg, Michael and Stacy Derk of Mifflinburg, Sean Derk of Lewisburg; three grandchildren, Seth, Bradley, Ashley; two sisters, Nancy Heim of Dalmatia, Deborah Klinger of Millersburg; one brother, Keith Klinger of Dalmatia; and one brother-in-law, Dennis Derk of Lewisburg.

There will be no public viewing. Family and friends are invited to the visitation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 205 Bull Run Crossing, Lewisburg, where a life celebration service will be held at 11, with the Rev. Jamie Bonnett, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bonnie's memory may be sent to Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Building Fund, 205 Bull Run Crossing, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

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Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals · Cremations · Monuments, 16 Walnut St., Mifflinburg.
Published on August 12, 2018
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Vicky and Dick Martz
Aug 15, 2018
We were shocked to hear that Bonnie had gone to Heaven. It seems like just yesterday we were all in school together. She was all the things mentioned in the best obituary I have ever read even when she was in high school. It's difficult to understand life's twists and turns some times but she was your soulmate, that was obvious to anyone who knew the two of you. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for your entire family.
Dick and Joye Beck
Aug 15, 2018
Thinking of you, and your family at this sad, sad,time, our prayers and thought are for you, deepest sympathy,
Lori Steffy (Kramer)
Aug 15, 2018
That was an amazing tribute to Bonnie that you wrote!! She was a special woman and I know she will truly be missed. My mother, Janet Kramer, will be at the service and knows what you are going through. We will continue to pray for your whole family!
Desiree Smith
Aug 14, 2018
God bless her family and friends, and hold them close in this time of grief. May you be comforted, she was a wonderful woman, in the arms of our Jesus now.
Tammy Lynn
Aug 13, 2018
What a beautiful tribute to your amazing wife! You and Bonnie have always had a special place in my heart. You were there for my mom and I throughout our lives and you were especially there for me when God called her home in 2004. I am speechless. I can’t decide if my tears are sad or happy. I suppose a bit of both: sad for us and extremely happy for her. I bet my mom is giving her a tour of heaven and they are singing praises to our King every day:). As you said, Bonnie was an inspiration to all. I will always cherish our times spent together; especially our talks. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Love to you all
The Greenawalt family
Aug 13, 2018
Dear Ron and family, we are incredibly saddened to hear of the loss of Bonnie. She was a very special lady, whose love for her family was evident. We pray that your loving memories comfort you during this difficult time. Prayers and hugs, Dan and DeAnn Greenawalt
Cathy Hoekman
Aug 13, 2018
I’m so sorry for your loss. I just heard today that she had passed unexpectedly. We bumped into her at Hometown Eatery 2-3 weeks ago. She was definitely a kind soul and was I lucky enough to know her. Keep the happy memories close to your heart.
Ann Rhinehart
Aug 13, 2018
Beautifully wrote... Sure wish I would have known Bonnie❤️❤️.. thoughts and prayers to you all
Joyce Rothermel
Aug 13, 2018
So sorry for your loss . Bonnie was my neighbor when we were in high school .. she always was a very nice person .. RIP.
Rose Brown
Aug 13, 2018
Ron and family,
Thinking of you and all of the wonderful memories of our times spent together in the past.
Ginny Moore
Aug 13, 2018
I met Bonnie in 1977 when we attend the church she and Ron were going to. I loved her immediately! she was so warm and welcoming. my favorite memory of her was in the summer of 1979 when our youngest daughter was only 6 months old she offered to keep her for a few days so i could go away with friends to the beach. she was the only one i would have left her with. so kind and caring and loving. You will be missed greatly. Even though in recent years I dint see her as often, we were always greeted with a big hug and smile. Love you Bonnie
MarySue Crayne
Aug 13, 2018
I cherish my memories of the years I lived in Lewisburg. The Derk’s are always a part of those memories. Bonnie was one of the kindest sweetest ladies I have ever known. Her smile welcomed me back many times. I will miss seeing her on this earth but heaven has gained another saint and I know we’ll meet again someday. My love and prayers are with you, Ron and sons.
Jamie, Ruth, Dawson, Alivia Hosterman
Aug 13, 2018
So sorry to hear. She was a wonderful person. So glad to have known her. Condolences to the family and God Bless you all!!!

The Hosterman's
Sharon and Bob Kribbs
Aug 12, 2018
Bonnie was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend. Her gentle spirit was always evident when we would happen to meet at the same restaurant or on the street. So glad we were able to have that last conversation one week prior to her surgery. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Ron and the Derk family.
Rick and Kathi Kuenzi
Aug 12, 2018
We were saddened to hear of Bonnie's homegoing. We have so many precious memories of our time with your family. Your immediate acceptance of Rick was especially meaningful. Bonnie exemplified a Proverbs 31 woman and has always been a Godly example to me and other women. We will miss her deeply and cannot wait till we are all united once again with the Lord. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus. Love and Prayers, Rick and Kathi Kuenzi