Wentroble, Rev. Dr. David P.
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The Reverend Doctor David P. Wentroble, 60, passed away on January 21, 2014 at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT, due to burns received in a gas station accident December 20, 2013 in Danbury CT. He was born on August 23, 1953 in Pittsburgh, PA to Paul D. and Dorothy Hachmeister Wentroble, who preceded him in death.
David graduated from North Hills High School in Pittsburgh. He received a B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University at University Park, PA and a Masters Of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he was ordained to the Ministry of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA, July 16, 1978. He earned Clinical Pastoral Education certification from the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; a Pastoral Counseling Certificate from the Center for Creative Living in Allendale, NJ; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
David served as Senior Pastor at Mannington Presbyterian Church in Mannington, W VA; Associate Pastor of Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Fairmount, W VA; Associate Pastor of Wayne Presbyterian Church, in Wayne PA; Staff Chaplain at Bergen Pines Hospital in Paramus, NJ; Chaplain at Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home in Greenwich, CT through the Greenwich Chaplaincy Service (1991 - 2005); Director of Pastoral Care at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester, IN (2005 - 2008); Director of Pastoral Care at Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Briarwood, NY (2008 - 2010); Interim Manager of Pastoral Care and Education at the New York University Langone Medical Center, in NYC (2010). In August 2010 David began his most recent position as Director of Pastoral Care at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY. He also became the Pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church in Haverstraw, NY in January 2013.
David was a Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and held several positions with the
, CT Chapter, including Board Chairman. He strongly supported the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and was devoted to the former Georgetown, CT charity, Bread and Roses (now part of Insperica), which specialized in the care and support of people with HIV/AIDS.
David's interests were wide and varied. He was a voracious reader, loved crosswords, kayaking, cooking, computers, music of all kinds, trips to Scotland, and spending time with family and friends.
David is survived by his life partner of 36 years, Chuck Stewart; a sister Carol Wentroble Colvin (husband Barry); nephew Brett Colvin (wife Jennifer); great nephew John Colvin; cousins, Gretchen Hachmeister (husband Randy Orzano) and Hugh Hachmeister (wife Sandy), Mary Lou Hartos (husband John), Miriam Miller, Robert Light, Janice McCleese (husband Frank), and Dale Wentroble (wife Barbara) and extended family and wonderful friends.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of David's life will be held Saturday, March 8 at 2pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Bedford St., Stamford, CT. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. Bridgeport, CT 06610 or the
of Connecticut, 2075 Silas Deane Hwy, Rocky Hill, CT, 06067
Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 9, 2014