Rt. Rev. Douglas Edwin Theuner
1938 - 2013
BORN
1938
DIED
2013
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The Rt. Rev. Douglas Edwin Theuner, VIII Bishop of New Hampshire (Episcopal Diocese) and a resident of Sunapee and Concord, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
The son of Grace Elizabeth McKean and Alfred Edwin Kipp Theuner, he was born in the Bronx, New York City, on Nov. 15, 1938. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jane Lois Szuhany Theuner; and two children, Elizabeth Susan DiTommaso and her husband Frank of Hampton, and Nicholas Frederick Kipp Theuner and his wife Charlotte Driver of Morehead City, N.C.; and by five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Amy Carmela DiTommaso and her husband Jarrod Manzer of Houston, Texas, Alexandra Marie and Mariana Teresa DiTommaso of Hampton, Dakota Jean and Megan Nicole Theuner of Morehead City, N.C., and Ophelia Manzer DiTommaso of Houston, Texas; as well as by his dog Armando.
Bishop Theuner held a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio; a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Bexley Hall, the Divinity School of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio; and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Connecticut. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Cuttington University, Suacoco, Liberia, in 2000.
Following his ordinations as deacon and priest in Ohio in 1962, Bishop Theuner served congregations in Ohio and Connecticut before being elected bishop coadjutor of New Hampshire in 1985. Consecrated in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Manchester, in 1986, Bishop Theuner served as bishop of New Hampshire until his retirement in 2004, at which time he was the third-longest serving diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. From 1994 to 2002, he was the president of the First Province (New England) of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Presiding Bishop's Council of Advice, of which he also served for five years as president.
Active in many local, national and international organizations, Bishop Theuner was a member of the board of directors of Lutheran Consolidated Community Services of Concord, and of the Advisory Committee for the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter of the First Congregational Church of Concord.
The Burial Office will be read in St. Paul's Church, Concord, at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov., 11, 2013, and a Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at the Church of the Epiphany, Newport, at 3 p.m. that day. Following cremation, committal of the ashes will be at a later time in Lake Sunapee.
Memorial donations may be made to the Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Church in NH, 63 Green St., Concord, NH 03301, and marked for the Bishop Charles Francis Hall Scholarship Fund at the White Mountain School or the Bishop Philip Alan Smith Scholarship Fund at the Holderness School. Undesignated gifts will be evenly divided between them.
Online condolences may be expressed at bennettfuneral.com.
Published by Concord Monitor on Nov. 10, 2013.
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Dad,
Thanks for molding me into the man I am. I love you and miss you but will carry you with me forever.

Nick
Nicholas Theuner
November 27, 2013
SUE,
HIS LAST CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST AS A PRIEST WAS AT
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN SANBORNVILLE. HOW THRILLED WE WERE
TO HAVE THE BISHOP ELECT AT OUR PARISH CHURCH. SOON AFTER,
HE CAME BACK TO ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST AS THE BISHOP AND
CONFIRMED CANDIDATES FOR THE SACRAMENT. ELAINE AND I
TOOK YOU BOTH TO DINNER AND WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME.
i LAST SAW THE BISHOP AT TRINITY, HAMPTON FOR THEIR 50TH
ANIVERSARY AND SPENT SOME TIME WITH HIM.

I REMEMBER YOU AND CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES AT
THIS TIME. BRAD TRAFTON, 2 WILLOWBROOK, ROCHESTER, N. H.
03867.
November 18, 2013
Sue, Ashtabula, Ohio is far off but I still fondly remember you and Doug there. Sending our prayers and sympathy to you and your family.
BJ Ellyson
November 13, 2013
Bishop Thruner, You were not just my Bishop you were my friend, mentor and support for our family and always had a smile and hug. Rest in peace you will be trruly missed
Kelly Rob, RJ / Barbara Soboslai / Emerson
November 13, 2013
Dear Sue and Liz, Nick and all the rest of your family, I babbled on facebook when I saw this. Just can't believe it.
Doug's faith was so strong that I know he's where he'd want to be if not with you. We had so many wonderful times together. You have been in my nightly prayers for a long time. Now I pray for the peace that only He can bring to you. I love you.
EmmyLu
MaryLou Fowler
November 12, 2013
Dear Sue, remembering the good times we had in Stamford and Sunapee. Martha and I send our love
Muriel
Muriel Back
November 12, 2013
Peg & I remember good times together at
St George's
Brad Huddleston
November 12, 2013
Bishop Theuner was a beloved figure at the White Mountain School from which I and two of my sisters graduated.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Stefanie Valar
November 12, 2013
I love you papa! Thank you for all you have done.
Dakota Theuner
November 11, 2013
Liz, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today.

Nancy Prendergast
November 11, 2013
Liz, our thoughs and prayers are with you, your mom, and your family, Your dad was an amazing man always there when we needed him, even if it was just to listen. his love for not only your family, but his "Church Family" was always present and never be forgotten. He never forgot a name or face. Rest in Peace Doug, your work may be done here, but the lessons you taught us will go on forever
Rusty & Louise Bridle
November 11, 2013
Doug was a special neighbor, whose kindness and advice will always be appreciated.

His love that is in your heart never dies.

Sincerely,
Jen & John Dixon
November 11, 2013
Our thoughts are with the family today. We have fond memories of Bishop Theuner while our son attended Holderness School. The van Otterloo Family.
Rose-Marie and Eijk Van Otterloo
November 11, 2013
I am with you today in spirit. Epiphany Church loved him very much and continues to love Sue and the family. We are fortunate to have the wonderful memories of his presence with us.
November 11, 2013
Dear Aunt Jane & Family: Uncle Doug will be missed but remembered always. Our thoughts are with you all.
Love, Bob & Lane Szuhany
Bob Szuhany
November 11, 2013
Dear Aunt Jane & Family: Uncle Doug will be missed but remembered always. Our thoughts are with you all. Love, Bob & Lane Szuhany
November 11, 2013
Dear Sue, Liz, Nick and all ...
We, the Kirk family, send our deepest sympathy to you all. We loved Douglas and know how much he will be missed... but must also say, 'Heaven will never be the same!' All our love to you all.
Jane, Bruce and family
Jane Kirk
November 11, 2013
My first encounter with Bp. Theuner was during one of his visits to our diocese for discussion about his potential election as our new bishop. He was certainly engaging, an eloquent speaker, charming in his interaction with others and the prominence of his physical stature combined with his confident, projecting voice left no doubt in my mind that he would be the right individual to fill the shoes as our new bishop. And whether the topic was theology, ritual, pastoral and ministerial expectations and anything else religious, he was as "on-point" as when he dialogued about secular, day-to-day matters. He presented himself as a most worthy dichotomy. On one hand, he commanded your attention by his very size and booming voice. On the other hand, he was as down-to-earth as your next door neighbor. In essence, he was exemplary of what a bishop should be... And he continued to show his commitment to the "greater flock" in this diocese long after his retirement. I draw several parallels between Bp. Theuner and Jeff Bridges. Both are "big guys," never hesitating to state their case and yet have continued to be very approachable. I have been blessed to have been active in the diocese during Bp. Theuner's term, learning much from his firm, but caring spirit. And I have a plethora of stories and conversational moments that I will always treasure... and share.

Thanks, Bp. Theuner, for leaving a positive, indelible mark of the Holy Spirit on my soul. May YOUR soul be surrounded in God's eternal grace. Amen.
Gary Dozier
November 10, 2013
Dear Sue, My sincerest, heartfelt sympathy to you and all of your family at this sad and difficult time. I have fond memories of being a student in a class he taught and an LEM for years during Bishop Theuner's governance. I pray for peace and strength for each and all of you.
Nancy (Whittingham) Miville
November 10, 2013
I fondly remember Bishop Theuner from my time at White Mountain School where I attended with his son, Nick and where he was on the Board of Trustees. My thoughts to the family through this difficult time.
Callie (Phillips) Pecunies
November 10, 2013
Rest in peace Bishop Doug! Our love especially to Sue, from the North Country..
Bren and Dorothy Whittaker
November 10, 2013
I was stunned to read of Bishop Theuner's passing this morning. I worked with him as Editor of the NH Episcopal News for 4 years in the 1990s, and so enjoyed his faithfulness, intelligence, thoughtfulness and quick wit. Sue and family, you are in my prayers during this time.
Susan (Foster) Englert
November 10, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
DeeDee Phillips
November 10, 2013
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