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William H. Stoutenburgh

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WILLIAM STOUTENBURGH, Ed.D. William H. Stoutenburgh, Ed.D., 80, of Franconia Twp. and Blue Bell, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012 at his residence in the Peter Becker Community. He and his wife Mildred J. "Midge" (Wrzesniewski) Stoutenburgh would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in June. Born in Hatboro, he was a son of the late Charles Ignatus and Matilda A. (Suedel) Stoutenburgh. A. U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he served as a Corporal with the Medical Corps from 1953 to 1955. He was employed as the Department Chair of the Education Department of Cedar Crest College in Allentown from 1986 until his retirement in 1989. He previously served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Allentown School District from 1982 to 1986, and for the Wissahickon School District from 1967 to 1982. Dr. Stoutenburgh was a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Hatfield. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Retired Superintendents (PARS), and one of the founding members and a board member of the Turning Point Drug Foundation in Ambler. A handyman extraordinaire, and a sports enthusiast of the Eagles and Phillies, in his free time he also enjoyed traveling, boating, and fishing. However, as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, his greatest enjoyment in life was his family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Patricia Ann Larkin and her husband, William P. Larkin, Jr., of Maple Glen, Mary Lynn Berntsen and her husband, Rev. John Berntsen, of Perkasie, Elizabeth Jane Paoletti of Bethlehem Twp.; and three grandchildren, Matthew and Thomas "T.J." Berntsen, and William Larkin, III. He was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 9, at 11AM in St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 1601 Derstine Rd., Hatfield. Family will receive friends from 9 to 11AM prior to the Mass. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Grand View Hospice, 700 Lawn Ave., Sellersville, PA 18960, the Association of the Blind, 555 Gettysburg Pike, Suite A300, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or to the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Free Library of Philadelphia, 919 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-5289. Arrangements are by the Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, Telford. www.sadlersuessfuneralhome.net

Published in The Reporter on Mar. 7, 2012
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