Derwood H. Widrick

April 24, 2012

BEAVER FALLS, N.Y.     Derwood H. Widrick, 83, of State Route 126, died Monday evening, April 23, at his home while under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.

Born Aug. 31, 1928, in the town of New Bremen, the son of Leon and Katherine Lehman Widrick, he attended Beaver River Central School.

He married Ruth Moser on June 13, 1951, at the First Mennonite Church of New Bremen with the Rev. Gordon Schrag officiating.

Mr. Widrick worked in the laboratory at Latex Fiber Industries, Beaver Falls, retiring after 42 years. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church of New Bremen.

He enjoyed snow sledding, Honda riding, travelling, camping, watching car races and having coffee with friends. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth, Beaver Falls; a son, Randy Widrick, Beaver Falls; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Linda and Keith Gnagey, Harrisonburg, Va., Susan and Jeff Bush, Lowville, Nancy and Peter Lind, Salem, Ore., Joyce and Steve Grau, New Bremen, and Amy Katherine, Castorland; two brothers and their wives, Doug and Frances, Pa., Glenn and Anna Margie, Croghan; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Imelda Hills, Maxine Nafziger, both of Lowville and Betty and Norman Yousey, Castorland; a sister-in-law, Betty Widrick, Lowville; 13 grandchildren, two great-granddaughters; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A brother, Gerald, and two brothers-in-law, Ronald Hills and Vernon Nafziger, all died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at the First Mennonite Church of New Bremen with Rev. Bruce Chartrand, pastor, officiating. Burial in the church cemetery will be held at 10:15 a.m. prior to the service. Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 25 at the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan. Online condolences may be made at

Memorial donations can be made to the First Mennonite Church of New Bremen, P.O. Box 417, Lowville, NY 13367.

Information provided by Adirondack Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.