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Lorraine J. Skinner, O.C.D.S. AGE: 79 • Dunnellon, Florida Lorraine J. Skinner, age 79, of Dunnellon, Florida, who lived a wonderful and blessed life, peacefully passed away at her home surrounded by family and friends, on January 26, 2014 after a courageous battle with bile duct cancer. Lorraine was born in Philadelphia, PA to Stephen and Anna Niemczura and grew up in Brigantine, NJ. After marrying Charles R. Skinner, she settled in New Castle, DE and then Florida. Lorraine was a dedicated nurse who served as a Major in the US Air National Guard and then as a nurse practitioner with the Marion County Public Health Unit. She was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, including; the Altar Rosary Society; Emmaus; Social Justice/Pro Life; Charismatic Prayer Group; Catechist/R.C.I.A. Facilitator; Eucharistic Minister and Lector; Minister to the sick; Rosary maker; Bereavement Minister; and member of the Legacy League. Because of her devotion and dedication she was admitted to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Skinner and stepson Chuck Skinner. She is survived by her stepdaughter Sandy Scott; granddaughter Courtney Eyster; grandson Jonathan Scott and his daughter Haley; brother Charles Niemczura; nephew Steve Niemczura and his children Drake, Dane, Darby and Shelby; niece Suzie Romero and her daughter Olivia; niece Pat Wall and her son Forrest; nephew Wayne Skinner and his sons Michael and Kyle; and cousin Rev. Bob Buddinak. A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, January 28, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Dunnellon, FL with military honors provided by the Wall-Rives American Legion Post #58. Internment at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Wilmington, DE will be private. For online condolences please visit chandlerfuneralhome.com 302.478.7100 Read Obituary
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Robert MacLeod Smith AGE: 89 • Hockessin Robert MacLeod "Bob" Smith died on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The son of Robert MacLeod Smith and Charlotte Cleapor Smith, he was born in Wilmington, NC, in 1924. He grew up in Wilmington, NC, graduated from New Hanover High School in 1942 and attended Wake Forest University. He joined the U.S. Navy as an ensign (1943-1946) and served in the Occupation Forces in Japan. Honorably discharged from the Navy, he entered Virginia Theological Seminary in 1947. During his time as a seminarian, he met his wife Jeannette "Jenny" Gleaton and they married in 1949 in her hometown of Savannah, GA. In 1950, Bob volunteered to be a missionary to Japan, along with several of his VTS classmates. The Smiths' overseas adventure began in Fukuoka where Bob served as assistant rector to the Reverend Toshio Ota, a Japanese cleric in the Nippon Sei Ko Kai, the Anglican Communion in Japan. Bob was called as the founding rector of St. Alban's Anglican-Episcopal Church in Tokyo in 1955. His outgoing Southern personality and energetic sermons attracted an eclectic international congregation. The St. Alban's community flourishes to this day. Bob recently enjoyed the 50th anniversary and the overwhelming reception he received. The family enjoyed summers with other missionaries at idyllic Lake Nojiri in the Japanese Alps, swimming in the deep mountain lake, playing tennis and golf, sailing, socializing, and participating in informal cottage worship. In 1965, Bob served as assistant rector at St. Margaret's in Washington, DC, then rector of St. Paul's in Lynchburg, VA. A significant event was his co-leadership with urban, Black ministers in a peaceful march through Lynchburg following Martin Luther King's assassination. He was called to be rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish in Wilmington, DE, in 1968, where he served until retiring in 1986. He was most proud of his leadership of a family based '70s era church community, his outreach to neighborhoods surrounding Trinity, and his role as a founder of TRIAD, a drug and alcohol treatment center. Triad has helped countless people turn the corner in their lives, including his own. In retirement, he turned to an old love, acting, playing roles in "Of Thee I Sing" at Longwood Gardens and "Aida" at Carnegie Hall. He was a full member of the Screen Actors Guild, achieved through his roles in 75 national commercials. Bob's wife Jenny died in 1991. He is survived by his children, Mark of Chapel Hill, NC; Priscilla of Alexandria, VA; Robbie and wife Susan of Wilmington, DE; and Mary and husband Frank of Corpus Christi, TX, and his grandchildren: Rachel Brooker, Mimi Smith-DeCoster, Kyle Smith; Miara, Arielle, and Orion Voorhies; and Gregory and Douglas Smith, two great-grandchildren and his very good friend Phyllis Harvey. The family would like to thank the staff at Cokesbury Village, particularly the medical staff, for all their good care of Bob, especially in his final weeks. A memorial service will be held at 11 am Friday April 11 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 N. Adams St., Wilmington, DE, 19801. There will be a reception immediately after the service at the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Friendship House in Wilmington, DE; the Sunday Breakfast Mission on Poplar Street in Wilmington, DE; and the Food Bank of Delaware. For online condolences, please visit CHANDLER FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY chandlerfuneralhome.com 302.478.7100 Read Obituary
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Ruth S. Snyder AGE: 85 • Wilmington Ruth S. Snyder, age 85 of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was born on February 23, 1929 in Pottsville, PA, the daughter of the late Thomas and Ruth (Fisher) Scholato. Ruth graduated from The School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She spent the last 30 years of her nursing career specializing in geriatric care. She worked at Kendal-Crosslands, a Quaker continuing-care retirement community in Kennet Square, PA, for 16 years as the director of nursing. She also worked as a regional nurse for Genesis Health Ventures and HCR Manor Care. Ruth was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Wilmington. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Morris Snyder. She is survived by her step-daughter, Lucy Craig Snyder; her first-cousins, Frances Major and Rita Whilberham; her second-cousins, Kenny Major, Steven Major (Barbara), Cindy Major and Lisa Wagner (Stefan), Wendy McQuaide, Bill Clineff and Christine Herron (Jerry); and her third-cousins, Robbie Major, Ryan Major, Richard Cascarina, Cindy Major, Luis Duprey, Evan Duprey and David Duprey. At Ruth's request, her services will be held privately with her family. She also requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to a charity or organization of your choosing. To send condolences, visit: www.dohertyfh.com 302-999-8277 Read Obituary
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The Reverend Richard H. Stearns The Rev. Richard H. Stearns passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on April 4, 2014 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was 81. He served the Presbyterian Church for nearly 40 years, retiring from ministry in 1995 after 13 years as senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, CT. Before that, he was the former senior pastor at Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church in Brighton, NY from 1972-1981, Calvin Presbyterian in Oklahoma City and First Presbyterian in Hominy, OK. He was a gifted communicator in the pulpit and as storyteller to his grandchildren. He had a grateful, caring heart, wonderful wit and intellect, and lived life as a celebration, his spirit fed by deep roots and joy of family and a passion for sailing, dancing, tennis and music. He never wanted to miss the chance to be with his children and grandchildren, on his boat or at Tanglewood for a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony or by James Taylor. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Eleanor W. Stearns, and parents Harry and Helene Stearns of Englewood, NJ. He is survived by his sister Charlotte Stearns of Poughkeepsie, NY, four children, Cheryl Stearns Huber of Newark, DE, Lisa Stearns of Hingham, MA, Richard H. Stearns Jr. of Newark, DE and Robert J. Stearns of East Hampton, NY and six grandchildren Ryan, Lauren and Caitlyn Huber and Heather, Jeffrey and Alyssa Stearns. He served numerous leadership roles in the community and church, as commissioner of the Presbytery of Southern New England and chairman of the Synod of the Northeast. He was appointed by General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA as chairman of the Committee on Theological Education and also served as regional chairman of the National Endowment Fund for Princeton Theological Seminary. He graduated from Colgate University in 1954 and Princeton Theological Seminary in 1960. Prior to his ministry, he was a captain in the U.S. Air Force. Friends are invited to a viewing and visit with family Sat. April 12 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at First and Central Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE., followed immediately by interment at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Wilmington, DE. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Richard's name to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713 For online condolences, please visit chandlerfuneralhome.com 302.478.7100 Read Obituary
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