Beatrice Ann Duke Zielke

Saturday, March 20, 1948 - Monday, November 14, 2022

Loved Her Lord and Her Family

Photo of Beatrice Ann Duke Zielke  - 1948-2022

“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.

Condolences from family and friends

Karl we are deeply saddened by the loss of you wife. We so enjoyed visiting with her at Joe’s service. Her Heavenly Father will care for her! Love to you Karl and your family!❤️
Jerry & Bev Clark
Beautiful Lady loved getting to know her and Karl while they lived served in WVA and Karl fixing my creek behind my house Appreciate their love for the Lord
Sharon Edmonds
I am so sorry about ms Bea comfort in knowing she is I much better place sending prayers
Gary and Sarah oHenson
We are heartbroken for you and the family. Bea was a wonderful friend. She will be missed but Heaven has gained an angel!
Larry and Becky
What a beautiful spirit now graces heaven. She was all her obituary says and we will miss her till we meet again.
Sandra Crowe
So sorry for your loss, Karl. Glad I had the pleasure of meeting Bea at your mother's funeral. God Bless to you and your family.
Mike Zielke
So sorry to hear about your loss. i know how strong your faith is .And you will be alright .we love you family and we are praying for grief.
Kenny and Melissa Franklin
Karl our prayers are walking with you through this valley! We know Mrs Bea is in a far better place and will never know pain, heartache, or defeat ever again. She really got to go to Heaven!!!
The King's Radio Network
May God's love an Comfort an strength be with you and your family at this time It was such a honor to have known Beatrice
Keitha oldham
I’m sorry to hear this news. I’ll never forget the late nights of Yahtzee during the holidays, the grown up chats in the community buildings after church, the constant friendship between our families. She always had a smile, and I know her presence brought everyone comfort. The thought that she was there for my mom at my birth, that she prayed for me throughout my life, that she was such an influence in my own childhood…I am thankful for the opportunity to have known her.
Lori Anderson
Bro Karl and family we are praying for you as you deal with grief,,,, Ms Bea was truly a saint of God and a blessing to all who met her. Heaven is sweeter today with one more addition,, what a reunion day it's gonna be when our Lord steps out on that cloud and calls all his children home. We love you brother and know that God has his loving arms around you.
Blood bought quarter,
I'm so saddened by the loss of my sweet bea!! She had a heart for others and she was such a giving person. I'm so grateful to have gotten to know her. She loved and cared for me like I was her very own family! I will miss you bea! Love and prayers to all of you.
Tiffany James
Karl and Children...We wish Comfort and Peace during this sad time and the loss of your wife and mother...God's blessings surround all of you...
Doug and Mary Sisk
So sorry for your loss ! Mrs B was a special lady , we will miss her but knowing she is with Jesus , will give you comfort . You are in my thoughts and prayers ! Margie Shook.
Margie Shook