Beatrice Ann Duke Zielke
Loved Her Lord and Her Family
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
-Matthew, 5:16 KJV
We give thanks for the blessed life of Beatrice Ann Duke Zielke and the light of goodness and kindness that shone around her each and every day. We rejoice that she entered her place in Heaven on Monday, November 14, 2022. Praise be to God.
Beatrice was born in Norfolk, Virginia on March 20, 1948 to the late Marion and Elva Duke. A truly joyous and one of the most memorable times in her life was in January 1966 when she married the love of her life, Karl Clinton Zielke, and together they have enjoyed almost 57 years of marriage. Beatrice and Karl are blessed with a legacy of wonderful children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Beatrice was saved by the grace of the Lord in November of 1979, and since this time she has lived her life of Christian faith every day. She loved her family, her church family, and her friends immeasurably, and in her words, she always said, “Family is everything.” Mrs. Zielke was a dedicated, supportive, and loving pastor's wife, graciously serving and standing at her husband’s side at New Hope Baptist Church. She was attentive to the needs of her church family, and would always give acts of kindness for the families of their church, making them feel loved and special. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life, and she was deeply excited at the anticipated arrival of her newest great-granddaughter in February. She also had a concern and love for all animals, especially her cats. Beatrice Duke Zielke, a faithful and caring servant of the Lord, will be deeply missed by all who were touched by the glorious shining light of her presence.
In lieu of flowers, the Zielke family asks that you consider making a charitable gift to the Mission of your choice in her honor. Mrs. Zielke always said, "Give me my flowers while I am living and can enjoy them," and her family did just that.
In addition to her father and mother, Marion and Elva, she was also preceded in death by her stepfather, John Padgett.
Surviving are her loving husband, Rev. Karl Clinton Zielke; son, Dennis Zielke of Anaheim, California; daughter, Susan Zielke Sluder of Clyde; grandsons, Grayson Sluder (Callie) of Canton, Hunter Sluder of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Kaden Sluder of Clyde; great-grandson, Isaac Sluder of Canton; great-granddaughters, Abigail Sluder of Canton and a precious blessing on the way, Elaine Sluder.
A Celebration of Mrs. Zielke’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, November 19, 2022 at New Hope Baptist Church in Candler. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Rev. Larry Anderson and her loving husband Rev. Karl Zielke will be officiating.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Zielke family.