Maxine Troyer Derstine

Maxine Troyer Derstine, 94, of Dock Woods Community, Lansdale, Pa., formerly of Blooming Glen, died Oct. 17, 2020. She was born Nov. 21, 1925, to Jerry C. Troyer and Lizzie Mishler Troyer in Shipshewana, Ind.


Valedictorian of her class at Shipshewana High School, she graduated from Goshen College in 1945 with an associate degree. There she met David F. Derstine; they married in December 1945. They served three years with Mennonite Central Committee, managing relief and rebuilding efforts in postwar Belgium. In 1951 she began her role as pastor’s wife when David was ordained at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. They shared in that ministry for 25 years. She was a treasured assistant to her husband, a quiet strength. She lived a life of humility and self-sacrifice, tending to the children and homemaking responsibilities, hosting overnight guests and preparing dinners for company.

Having a gift for singing, she participated in a women’s quartet and a mixed chorus, providing special music for worship. She was a member of the Grand View Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.

Retirement from the pastorate at Blooming Glen brought new opportunities. With knowledge and understanding of her husband’s new position as director of development for Dock Woods Community, she again supported and assisted him. She was employed at Dock Woods Community, processing applications for Dock Village and Dock Manor. They hosted many travel groups to destinations around the world.

Moving to a Dock Gardens apartment brought them new friends and meaningful interactions for 11 years. After David’s death, she lived there 13 more years until her health declined.

Survivors include four children, Anne (Ken) Ehst, Daryl (Julie) Derstine, Barbara (Gordon) Weirich and John (Sheryl) Derstine; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, David F. Derstine; two brothers and five sisters, Inez Hostetler, James Troyer, Dorothy Hershberger, Francis Troyer, Esther Schmucker, Rachel Klawitter and Genevieve Northage.

Memorial contributions may be made to Living Branches Benevolent Care Fund, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church or to Mennonite Central Committee.

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