Velda Mae Birkey Birky, 93, of Hopedale passed away at 7:20 pm, Thursday April 12, 2018 at Hopedale Hospital.
She was born December 30 1924 in Gridley to Silas D. and Amanda Stalter Birkey. She married Loren "Joe" Birky on July 24, 1948 in Flanagan and he passed away on October 1, 2005.
Surviving are three sons, Mark (Jeanne) Birky of Hopedale, Curtis (Jean) Birky of Glenn, MI, Jeffry (Millie) Birky of Goshen, IN; one daughter, Jane Rittenhouse of Mount Pleasant, PA; 10 grandchildren, Aaron Birky, Emily Birky, Jesse Birky, Beth Birky, Seth Birky, Kathryn Birky, Tana Birky, Leah Rittenhouse, Christian Birky, Krista Rittenhouse; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Norma (Merle) Nafziger of Minier, Joan (John) Litwiller of Minier.
She was preceded in death by one brother, and four sisters.
Velda taught school in Chenoa, IL from 1947-1949. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of Hopedale Mennonite Church, enjoyed being a foster parent, enjoyed volunteered at the Eureka Et Cetera Shop for 30 years.
A graveside service will be at 10:00 am Monday April 16, 2018 at Mennonite Cemetery in Hopedale, followed by memorial service at 11:00 am at the Hopedale Mennonite Church. Pastor Roger Springer will officiate. A visitation will be from 4-6 pm Sunday, also at the church.
Memorials maybe made to the Hopedale Mennonite Church or the Mennonite Central Committee.
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