Justina Dyck âbeloved matriarchâ
CLARA, PA---Justina Dyck, 94, of Clara, formerly of Quakertown, went home to be with the Lord after a lengthy illness on Monday, February 22, 2016, in her home surrounded by her loving family and pets that she loved dearly.
Born on April 21, 1921 in Russia, she was a daughter of Julius and Susanna Frizen Johnson. She was married to Henry David Dyck and later Jakob Kowalenko, both of whom predeceased her.
During World War II, Mrs. Dyck was employed as an interpreter for the World Council in Germany, having spoken seven languages fluently. She immigrated to the United States with her seven children and second husband in April 1959. Their passage to the United States was sponsored by the Zion Mennonite Church of Souderton, PA. Mrs. Dyck earned her GED in the United States and later pursued studies to become a Doctor of Reflexology and Compression Massage, a profession she practiced for several years and of which she was extremely proud.
Mrs. Dyck enjoyed crocheting, knitting, quilting, sewing and gardening. She also enjoyed Bible studies.
Surviving are five children, Rose Landis of Quakertown, Henry (Ruth Anne Petrosky) Dyke of Hatfield, Kay (Tom) Wilde of Shinglehouse, Jakob (Susan) Kowalenko of New Paris, IN, and Peter (Elsie) Kowalenko of Quakertown; two daughters-in-law, Gladys Dyck of Souderton and Jean Dyck of Wellsboro; twenty grandchildren; and several great, great-great, and great-great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Mrs. Dyck was predeceased by two sons, David Dyck and Gerhard Dyck; a grandson, Robert Dyck; and a great-grandson, Kenneth Goepfert.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Mrs. Dyck's life from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 in the Shinglehouse Assembly Park, Oswayo Street, Shinglehouse. A tree will be planted in her memory in the park for Arbor Day.
Mrs. Dyckâs family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.