Pearl Patricia Schrack, 96, beloved teacher and friend, died Sept. 13, 2023, at Dock Woods Community in Lansdale, Pa. She was born Dec. 27, 1926, in Bristol, Pa., to Fanny Russell and William Schrack.
Following early years in Norristown Pa., where she attended Norristown Gospel Mission (aka First Mennonite and presently New Life), she came to live with the Harold and Iona S. Weaver family in Collegeville at age 20. From city streets to her rigorous teaching classrooms, she integrated the grist and beauty of the world surrounding her.
She attended Norristown High School anxqd Eastern Mennonite School in Virginia before earning her GED. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite College in 1954 and the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in English. She created a life rich with literary classics and international friendships.
She taught high school English and literature at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School from 1954 to 1963 and at North Penn High School from 1964 to 1992, where she eventually became a supervising instructor of K-12, initiating innovative programming and curricula.
She taught the young adult class at her church home, Souderton Mennonite Church. She served on the national Mennonite Board of Education from 1981 to 1985. In retirement, she sorted and priced books at Care and Share in Souderton until 2020.
In 1987, Pearl purchased Summer Cove, a shoreline cottage near Winter Harbor, Maine, where she hosted countless summer visitors. Family and friends relished visits “Down East” where she feted them with concerts, lectures, hikes in Acadia National Park, feasts at lobster pounds, and her culinary specialty, popovers.
She is survived by seven Weaver siblings, Richard (Barbara Reifsnyder), Mary Lou (Rod Houser), James (Lori Worden), Marjorie Nafziger, Sylvia, Lucille (Steven Martin) and Stephen (Ann Newswanger).
She was predeceased by her 70-year companion/colleague Janet Martin in 2023, as well as Weaver family members Harold, Iona, Harold Lee and Donald.