Bessie M. Vaneiken - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Bessie M. Vaneiken

Born July 13, 1935

Bessie M. Vaneiken, age 81, of Bedford, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 27, 2017.

Bessie was born in Johnstown, PA on July 13, 1935, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Lamer) Seger. In addition to caring for her family, she worked as an assembly person for W.L. Gore in Newark, DE, retiring after over 20 years of dedicated service.

An avid gardener, Bessie relished being outdoors tending to her flowers and was also a talented crafter. She adored spending time with the love of her life and best friend, her late husband, Calvin. Above all else, Bessie will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother and will be very dearly missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Calvin E. Vaneiken; and son, Duane Vaneiken. Bessie is survived by her children, Joyce Hawkins (Ralph) of Chestertown, MD, Jeff Vaneiken (Wendy) of Elkton, MD and Susan Wilson (Samuel) of Lincoln University, PA; sister, Virginia Muchesko (Jerry) of Johnstown, PA; 4 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday evening, March 30, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A second visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday morning, April 1, 2017 at the Meek and Dalla Valle Funeral Home, 1312 Graham Avenue, Windber, PA, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in the Berkey Cemetery, Windber, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a hospice of the donor’s choice.


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  • So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bessie was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.

  • May the power of the Holy Spirit surround all of Bessie’s family at this time. My husband Will and I met Bessie and Calvin 18 years ago and immediately felt deep friendship with them both. I always felt that I knew Bessie forever even though it was just 18 years. She and I had many deep conversations–some funny, some sad, some just about our feelings about life. I will miss her more than I can express. I feel that I have lost a best friend. May the Lord bless and welcome her home now to be with Calvin.

    Anne and Will Jones