The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 29, 2013

Elaine M. Derr, 86, Lewisburg

The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Elaine M. Derr, 86, of 320 N. Fourth Street, entered into rest at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Kramm Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Milton.

She was born on July 23, 1926, in Mifflinburg, a daughter of the late Reed and May (Walburn) Gutelius. On July 25, 1944, in Lewisburg, she married Benton R. Derr, who preceded her in death.

Elaine graduated in 1944 from Mifflinburg High School.

Elaine was a homemaker.

She was devoted to her church and loved to go shopping.

She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Lewisburg, and the Order of Eastern Star, Lewisburg Chapter 394.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia A. and William Cooper, of Milton; two granddaughters, Kelly S. Cooper, of Milton, and Pamela A. Vayda and husband Michael, of New Columbia; one great-grandson, Logan M. Vayda; and one half brother, Dennis Peck, of Gettysburg.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Reed Gutelius Jr.

A memorial service to celebrate Elaine’s life will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1050 Buffalo Road, Lewisburg, at a later date.

 Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elaine’s memory may be sent to a charity of your choice.

To share in Elaine’s online memorial, please visit

Funeral arrangements are by the Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.