Berneice E. DeRycke, 92, of Sheffield passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014 at her home. A Funeral Mass celebrating Berneice’s life will be held 11:00 AM Monday, January 27, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheffield. Rev. Mark Miller will celebrate. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield. A visitation for Berneice will held 9-11 AM (2 hours prior to the service) at the church. Memorials may be left to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or the Sheffield/Mineral Rescue Squad. Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson is in charge of arrangements.
Berneice was born January 19, 1922 in rural Sheffield, IL, the daughter of Basil and Pelegie (DeMay) Christian. She was a 1939 graduate of Sheffield High School and was united in marriage to Noe “Bud” DeRycke on August 17, 1946 in Sheffield, IL. Berneice was a secretary for Brickyard Sheffield Shell Products and also assisted her husband, “Bud” in farming in the Sheffield, Buda, and Mineral areas
Berneice was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheffield and the Altar and Rosary Society of the Church where she was a Past President and CCD teacher for 10 years. She also belonged to the Flemish American Club and the Mineral American Legion Auxillary. Berneice served on numerous committees for events at the Church and Legion. She was an avid Rolle Bolle and card player as well as a talented seamstress. She enjoyed making toys for grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband: Noe “Bud” DeRycke; daughters: Linda (Stan) Lyon of Sheffield and Laura (Doug) Jury of Sparland, IL; son: John (Cheryl) DeRycke of Prophetstown; 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Berneice was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Alice Moorman and Irene Sierens and 1 great grandson, Noah DeRycke.