Donna Beth (Harding) Scheuerman
On March 26, 2014, Beth Harding Scheuerman died peacefully at her home at Shipley Manor. Born in 1929, Beth grew up in Colby, KS. She attended Barnard College (in NYC) on a merit scholarship.
In 1949 she graduated—first in her class, summa cum laude, majoring in mathematics. She returned to Kansas to marry her high school sweetheart, Hardy Scheuerman, whom she remained deeply in love with, all her life. In 1952 they moved to Wilmington, where they both took jobs with DuPont. Here they raised their children, and built their lives.
Beth was a brilliant woman. She loved puzzles of all sorts, and routinely did the Sunday New York Times crossword—without the diagram. Besides being a master of bookkeeping and budgeting, she was a skilled seamstress and great home cook. A devoted mother, she found outlets for her intellect and talents beyond the home: as an active member of Grace United Methodist Church for fifty years, President of the Wilmington League of Women Voters, and treasurer of Neighborhood House. She was appointed to serve on the New Castle County Personnel Board in the late 1960s.
With her beloved husband, she traveled to five continents, and every state except North Dakota. They enjoyed square dancing, bridge, and bowling. Late in life they took up ballroom dancing.
Her husband predeceased her (2008); they were married for over 58 years. Survivors include: a daughter, Betsy Scheuerman (Jim Skarzynski), of NYC; a son, Scott (Mercedes) of Aruba; granddaughter Katie Skarzynski (Abdel Guerfti) of Malden, MA; grandsons Tom Skarzynski (Jan) of Weehauken, NJ., and Matt Skarzynski, of New Orleans, LA; and a great granddaughter Sofia Guerfti.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm, on Friday, April 4, at Grace United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Grace United Methodist Church, 900 Washington St., Wilmington, DE., 19801; Neighborhood House, Inc., 1218 B St, Wilmington, DE., 19801; or Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA., 22203. For online condolences, please visit
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