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Reverend Dr. Brenda Jane Stiers, 74, of Boulder, CO, died unexpectedly Sunday in Boulder Community Hospital after battling sepsis. Brenda dedicated her life to helping others through her ministry in the United Church of Christ and extensive volunteer service. Her passions included politics, movies, books, and traveling. After graduating from DePauw University in 1960, she earned graduate degrees from Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. Brenda's long career included executive leadership positions at the Commission on Aging in Greenwich, CT; the Council of Churches and Synagogues of Lower Fairfield County, CT; The Riverside Church, New York; and the Greenwich YWCA. Brenda served in volunteer positions with the National Council of Churches, and on the Board of Advisors of Yale Divinity School. She spent many hours supporting local homeless, hunger, and elder organizations, and she recently provided leadership on the Boulder County Commission on Aging and the Boulder Newcomers Club. Brenda (Enmeier) was born in Vincennes, IN, and married Thomas Lowell Stiers in the Gobin Memorial Methodist Church in Greencastle, IN, in 1961. She is survived by her husband Tom; her daughter Gretchen Stiers and wife Silvana Solano; her daughter Heather (Stiers) Dorn, husband Jonathan Dorn, and grandchildren Hadley and Abigail Dorn; her sister Barbara Bunting and brother-in-law David Bunting; and many loving cousins and in-laws. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1128 Pine St, Boulder. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Brenda J. Stiers Scholarship Fund at Yale Divinity School (409 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511) or the Capital Needs Endowment at First Congregational United Church (1128 Pine St., Boulder, CO 80302).

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Published in The Daily Camera on Nov. 14, 2013.
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April 8, 2014
I was so shocked and saddened to read of Brenda's passing in the most recent DePauw Magazine. She was a lovely person, and I have such good memories of the both of you from days at DePauw. Meg Stahl Tomlin
March 6, 2014
Tom, what a shock it was to hear of Brenda' death. It ks never easy to lose a
loved one. Please know that you and your
family are in my prayers & thoughts at
this difficult time. Love, Helen Riha
December 12, 2013
Dear Tom,

We were so sad to hear of Brenda's death. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Susan Switzer & Bill Colihan
December 7, 2013
Dear Tom and Family: Sad, sad news to learn of Brenda's passing. My prayers surround you during these days. What
a gracious gift she was to so many. I need to locate your
address to write at greater length!
Much Love from the Thursbys.
John Thursby
December 6, 2013
Tom--this news comes as a complete shock (from YDS Quad newe-mail, 12/6/13). Can you send by e-mail your telephone number? ( I want to convey Doris' and my condolences personally. With tnderness and great sadness, Jim Findlay
November 27, 2013
My condolences to the family and friends of Brenda Stiers. She had a wonderful career and still managed to raise a family.

Sudden death is so hard and it is my observation that more people will leave a message on a on-line guestbook like this one. After long extended illnesses, people are more prepared for a death, but it is much harder for the one dying, I believe.

I work with Brenda's daughter Gretchen Stiers in Washington, D.C. at the Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). She is new here and we are getting to enjoy her.


Mrs. Lydia A. Rice, Rockville, MD
Mrs. Lydia Rice
November 20, 2013
Dear Rev Stiers So sorry of your wife's passing ,please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family Millicent James a fond riversider.
November 19, 2013
Dear Tom,
I'm greatly saddened to learn of Brenda's untimely death. It was such a treat to see you both at Ghost Ranch last summer, however briefly. There are many good memories of sharing that special seminar over many years. Brenda will be missed by such a host of friends. My prayers are with you.
Jane Hanna
November 18, 2013
So sorry to hear of mrs. Stiers passing.

The girls and I send you our sincere condolences,and Sympathy. She touched our lives in so many ways gone but not forgotten.
Rest In Peace.
Ruby Thompson
November 18, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Ruby Thompson and family
November 18, 2013
Dear, Dear Tom and family, I just learned that we have lost Brenda for a time. It is so hard to believe that I am at a loss for breath as well as words. I am holding you all in my heart and prayers and know that God is holding Brenda and you in his hands.
Jane Norgren
November 17, 2013
Dear Tom
we are deeply saddened to learn of the
passing of Brenda. our prayer are with you and family
Sincerely Sharon& Louis Paris
November 17, 2013
To Members of the Stiers Family,

We were so saddened to hear of Brenda's passing. Over many years it was our pleasure to have Brenda as a guest and to hear her comments on current affairs. We will remember her bright personality and kindness. God bless her.

Jim and Dima Thompson
Stratford, CT
Jim Thompson
November 17, 2013
Dear Tom, It has been many years since I heard the name
"Stiers" but it was never forgotten. I am so sorry to hear
about your Brenda. She was a lovely lady, with a ready smile. May your treasured memories comfort you during
these difficult days and give you peace. God Bless You.
With Hugs,
Jackie Haight, Old Greenwich, CT
November 17, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
susi & peter Orbanowski
November 16, 2013
Dear Tom, Gretchen, Heather and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Brenda was such a wonderful cousin. It was such a schock to hear of her passing so unexpectedly. Now she and my father along with the rest of our deceased family members will be enjoying heaven together. :) Love to all of you, Donna, Steve, Bradley and Brian Janus
Donna Janus
November 16, 2013
Tom, I am so saddened at your loss. Brenda will be so missed in our Boulder community. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carol McCasland
November 15, 2013
Dear Tom, I was so sad to hear of your sudden loss. I remember Brenda's enthusiasm for Mt. Rainier when I ran into the two of you at the Visitor Center on the mountain a few years ago. I hope you are surrounded by loved ones and beautiful memories in the days and months to come. Janet Yale
November 15, 2013
Dear Tom, Gretchen and Heather....I am thinking of you all and can only say that the world was a better place because of Brenda. Sending love as you move forward with her memory.
Leslie Livingston
November 15, 2013
Dear Tom, Gretchen, Heather and Loved Ones, Remembering a woman of faith, courage, vision and compassion...who always offered a contagious and welcoming smile. May God uphold you all in the palm of God's Hand. Grace and Peace, Paul Fraser
Paul Fraser
November 14, 2013
Dear Tom, Gretchen and Heather,
I am deeply saddened to learn of Brenda's passing. May your memories of her bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Kira Davenport (Pomeroy)
November 14, 2013
To Tom, your daughters, their spouses, and your grandchildren: Vince joins me in sending our prayers and thoughts. We were shocked to hear of Brenda's untimely death. The world needed her compassion. Vince and Susan De Simone
November 14, 2013
Debbie Surnbrock
November 14, 2013
Tom and Family: My prayers are with you during this time. Brenda was a wonderful lady, wife, and mother. I always enjoyed her Christmas cards and updates on the family. I wish I could be there. God bless you all.
Much love,
Debbie Browning Surnbrock and Family
Deborah Surnbrock
November 14, 2013
Dear Tom and family though we haven't been in contact in many years the George family treasures the time spent with the Stiers family. We are saddened at the passing of Brenda and pray that God wraps his loving arms around you and your family as you go through these difficult times.
Rick George
November 14, 2013
Tom & Family, my sincerest sympathies at the passing of Brenda.
James Sotzing
November 14, 2013
Dear Stiers Family,
So sorry to learn of your loss! Mrs. Stiers was a beautiful woman inside and out. I have such great smiling memories of her from my youth - encouraging (and tolerating) Heather and my many adventures; slumber parties in the Lockwood Ave. house basement; sneaking extra cookies at coffee hour at 1st Congo of OG!
She will be missed!
Hugs to Tom, Gretchen, Heather and the entire Steirs family!
Love from the Vaughans and McCormacks
Gwyn Vaughan-McCormack
November 14, 2013
Tom- I am so sorry to hear about Brenda. Please accept my condolences. Love to you and your family.
Stephanie Fisk
November 14, 2013
Goodbye my dearest Schwester.
Love always, Barb
November 14, 2013
We send our love and support to all the family as we know how loving a wife, mother and spiritual leader Brenda was. She will be missed here on earth but will be welcomed into the loving arms of our Father in Heaven. God Bless and Keep you all.
Gary & Patsy Stiers
November 14, 2013
Always will remember you Mrs Stiers, you brought love and support in my youth and will always remember the kindness you gave to our family.xx
Christine Reynolds
November 14, 2013
From all of us at Hopper Real Estate we extend our very deepest sympathies to Tom and family. We worked many years with Brenda and so enjoyed her office visits as she would love to talk about her travels, her love of the Cape,
but most especially she loved talking about her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed on Cape Cod.
Hopper Real Estate
November 14, 2013
Tom and family

Very sorry for your loss. Brenda was a very special and caring woman.

Will always remember her steadfast ways and nurturing nature
Ken Kolb
November 14, 2013
We are shocked and saddened. Brenda will be so missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Nancy Hevenor
November 14, 2013
She will be missed, so missed, by so many. Our love to Tom and deepest sympathy to your family.
Kathy Campbell
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