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Dagmar I. Slaven

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Dagmar I. Slaven Obituary
Dagmar I. (Stoerkel) Slaven, age 75, died peacefully, Monday, June 27, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Dagmar was born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. Her life began in 1941, in the shadow of World War II. While her family faced challenges in the post-war years, she remembered her childhood as being a generally happy one filled with music and relatives coming together to help each other out. As a young woman, she earned an associate's degree in Business Administration and worked as bilingual secretary for various companies in Frankfurt, including Bausch & Lomb GmbH. While at Bausch & Lomb, she had the opportunity to take a year-long sabbatical starting in the fall of 1964. She spent this time in Pakistan where she worked for the general manager of the Hotel Karachi Intercontinental. Her time in Pakistan and her experiences there greatly widened her world horizon and became an important influence and factor for her future outlook on life. She married her husband Francis W. Slaven, Jr. in 1969 and immigrated with him to the United States in 1971. They lived in Weymouth and had two sons. Dagmar became a U.S. citizen in the fall of 1997. Dagmar enjoyed music, reading and traveling. She pursued many hobbies including photography, crafts, gardening, and playing her guitar and recorder. She was a longtime member of Fort Square Presbyterian Church in Quincy, where she was a choir member and served on the Deacon Board. She also was a past president of the Friendship Circle women's group, and for many years was active in the Vacation Bible School Program at the church. In 1989 she received the diagnosis of a rare muscle wasting disease, Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM). She faced the challenges of this incurable disease by becoming not only very well educated but also a passionate and tireless activist for greater awareness about the disease. She was actively involved in many fundraisers for the Myositis Association, managing several walks to raise funds. She also managed on several occasions to have local newspapers report about her story to increase greater awareness for Myositis. She created her own web site in 2007, www.myomusings.com. Yearly, she courageously chronicled her own journey and openly talked about the relentless progression of her disease and the coping mechanisms she found helpful. In doing so, she increased overall awareness about Myositis and brought hope and much needed advice to numerous patients all around the world. Beloved wife of Francis Willis "Bill" Slaven, Jr. for forty-seven years, she was the devoted mother of Michael C. Slaven and his partner Greg L. Gibson of Abington, Mark A. Slaven and his wife Patricia C. (Walsh) of Hanover. Cherished daughter of the late August and Charlotte (Besserer) Stoerkel of Frankfurt, Germany. Dear sister of Ursula Kiesow, Albrecht Stoerkel, Roswitha Forest and Karl-Ulrich Stoerkel. Dagmar is also survived by many nieces and nephews on both continents. Funeral services will be conducted at the Fort Square Presbyterian Church, 16 Pleasant Street, Quincy, on Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m. Pastor John W. Culp will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. At the request of the family, interment services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dagmar's memory may be made to the Myositis Association, 1737 King Street, Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314 or to Mario and Paige Mino's Mission in Guatemala. Checks can be made payable to Pathways Community Church and earmarked for Campos de Suenos/Scholarships and mailed to Nora Chesser/Mario Mino, c/o Pathways Community Church, 801 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33770. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472- 6344.
Published in The Patriot Ledger on June 28, 2016
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