The Rev. Dr. Charles Stedman Stephen, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Charles Stedman Stephen, Jr. died on May 29, 2017 at the age of 85.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Patricia; children Debra June, Susan Elizabeth (Michael Jensen), David Charles (Anne Henshaw), Carl Scott (Janet Kleine), and Bruce Jonathan; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers Sander and Mark.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 6300 A Street, Lincoln, NE 68510; to Nebraska’s Planned Parenthood of the Heartland; and to the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska.
A memorial service will take place at 4pm on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln (address above).
Notes of condolence can be sent to Pat Stephen at 7005 Shamrock Road Unit 109, Lincoln, NE 68506.
A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

The Rev. Marcia Welsh Schekel

The Rev. Marcia Welsh Schekel died on May 18, 2017 at the age of 70.
She is survived by husband Kurt, son Zachary (Tiffany), brother Mike (Cathy), and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St, Portland, OR 97205; to the Matt Schekel Memorial Scholarship Fund at Seeds of Learning; and to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
A memorial service took place at 1pm on Monday, May 29, 2017 at the First Unitarian Church of Portland.
Notes of condolence can be sent to Kurt Schekel at 12400 SE 15th St, Vancouver, WA 98683.
 A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

Paul Montgomery Smith-Valley

Paul Smith Valley

Paul Smith-Valley

Paul Montgomery Smith-Valley, 76 years, spouse of the Reverend Dr. Judith M. Smith-Valley, died peacefully on May 9, 2017 at his home in Kennebunk ME. Paul was born in Rochester NY, and graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree, after attending Annapolis for 2 years. He completed his service in the Marine Corps Reserves, New York State.

Paul became a consultant and fund-raiser for organizations such as the March of Dimes and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, joining the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association for over 20 years and consulting in the UUA Building and Loan Program for another 10 years. He had a rare gift for guiding nervous congregations and dealing with cautious lending institutions.

After moving to ME and retiring, Paul Joined the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary FLT 24. This brought him back to the sea, boating and a new vocation. He particularly enjoyed the training, search and rescue and teaching safe boating classes. He volunteered extensively, participating in leadership and reaching the rank of CMDO for Northern New England in 2010.

He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and reading; he was an avid swimmer. He had a small business working with wood and wood-turning and was a member of the West Virginia Wood Turners Association. He adored his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife; his sons, Dr. Richard Smith, MD and his wife Dr. Barbara Dill, MD of Norwood, NJ, Glenn Valley and his wife Heidi Hermon Valley of Wake Forest, NC; his daughters, Libby Valley Cirillo and her husband Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo, MD of North Kingstown, RI and Susan Woodilla and her husband LTC Tad Woodilla, USAF Ret., of Hermon, ME; his brother Tim Smith and wife Vicki Lee of Pittsford, NY; his sisters, Patricia Williams of Addison, TX and Marcia Joy and husband Ron of Churchville, NY; 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Robert “Bob” S. Slater

The Rev. Robert “Bob” S. Slater died on April 28, 2017 at the age of 89.

He is survived by daughters Tracy Slater (Franco Daamache) and Kelly Slater (John Wilkinson), nephews Douglas Webster and James Slater, and nieces Linda Trickey and Mary Kearney. He was predeceased by wife of 65 years Robin H. Slater.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, earmarked for the restoration of their courtyard garden: UUCGL, 101 Forest Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Tracy Slater at 151 Tremont St 25G, Boston, MA 02111.

A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

Terry Sheridan

Terry Sheridan died on September 6, 2014 at the age of 79. He was partner to the late Reverend Laurel Sheridan, and is survived by his son Kevin Sheridan. A memorial service was held at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, RI, celebrated by the Reverend Mary Margaret Earl.

A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

Harold “Hal” Victor Sternberg

Harold Sternberg

Harold Sternberg

Harold “Hal” Victor Sternberg, 87, husband of the Rev. Connie Sternberg, died peacefully in Manchester, CT December 11, 2007, after two years of ill health. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he attended local schools and went on to follow in his father’s line of work in the grocery business. He managed several supermarkets in the New York area. When he retired he was Office Services Manager for Value Line. He was also an avid poker player, who enjoyed gardening. After he retired, he volunteered as a teacher’s aide, focusing on teaching reading and gardening to children and youth. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, Jill and his son.

The Rev. John R. B. Szala

Stylized image of the phoenix rising from a flame.The Rev. John R. B. Szala, 72, died January 1, 2008 in Plymouth, NH. He was a contemplative monk in a Carmelite Monastery for ten years. After leaving the monastery, he taught school, and then administered a cancer research project at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1972, he first became acquainted with UUism at the First Unitarian Church in Pittsburgh, under the mentorship of Rev. David A. Johnson. Ordained and installed at that church in 1973, he served as their interim minister and as campus chaplain at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to serve churches in Rochester, NY; Salem, MA; and Caribou, ME. He was an active member of the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA), an organization devoted to the scientific study of flag history and symbolism. Survivors include his mother, Julia Szala of Pittsburgh, his brother, and two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Claora Bell Styron

uurmapaClaora Bell Styron, 99, widow the Rev. Charles M. Styron, died June 2, 2004 at Medford Leas in Medford, NJ. The Styrons served the First Parish in Lincoln, MA for 33 years. She reared three children and had an active life of her own, teaching public speaking at Boston University and having a private practice in speech therapy. She was an active church member who sang alto in the church choir. She also worked for civil rights. She enjoyed hiking and camping with her family all over North America. In retirement she continued to travel with her husband. He died in 1992. During the last years of her long life her main interests were reading and music. She was a member of the Leas Singers at the time of her death. She is survived by her daughter, Claora E. Styron of San Francisco and her niece, Julie Bell Martin of Wyckoff, NJ.

Janette Browning Foster Storm

Janette Storm

Janette Storm

Janette Browning Foster Storm, 99, widow of the Rev. Carl A. Storm, died peacefully in her sleep on September 14, 2013, in Lynchburg, VA, just 11 days before her 100th birthday.

She was born in Hartford, CT on September 25, 1913 to William and Charlotte Foster. Her mother died when she was in 8th grade and so she became the female head of the house at an early age. She graduated from Stafford Springs High School and attended Pine Manor Junior College, LaSalle College, and Wellesley College.

In 1939, at age 26, she married Carl A. Storm, beginning her lifelong role as a homemaker, who actively supported Carl’s professional life as a UU minister and as a professor of sociology. The Storms served congregations in Exeter, NH; Lincoln, NE; Minneapolis, MN; Schenectady, NY; and Lynchburg, VA. They also took a year’s sabbatical in Edinburgh, Scotland, with Janette seeing to myriad details. She was married to Carl for 57 years, until his death in 1996.

She loved music and was a “phenomenal “cook. She will also be remembered for her wit and her fiercely independent spirit. She was an active member and avid supporter of the League of Women Voters.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jon, and her grandson, Derek. She is survived by her son, Mark, her daughter-in-law, Donna, two grandchildren, and one great grandson, all of the greater Lynchburg area.

Notes of remembrance may be sent to Mark Storm, 211 Ivy West Ct., Forest, VA 24551.

The Rev. Connie Pirnie Sternberg

Connie Sternberg

Connie Sternberg

The Rev. Connie Pirnie Sternberg died on May 27, 2012. She was 82 years old. Rev. Sternberg was born in Exeter, NH on November 18, 1929 to James and Harriette (Farrell) Pirnie. Rev. Sternberg attained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1951. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts from Columbia University Teacher’s College in 1954, and a Master of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary in 1988.

Rev. Sternberg was ordained by the Community Church of New York on May 7, 1989. She was called to the Unitarian Universalist Society: East in East Manchester, CT in 1989, and there, she stayed, until her retirement in 2001. She remained a member of the UU Society: East for the rest of her life.

Her fondest memories of growing up in Exeter, NH included singing in the choir at the Unitarian Church (which she joined as a teenager), and organizing an interfaith youth group which brought Protestant, Catholic and Jewish youth together for socializing and supporting American troops during World War II.

During her time in Manchester, CT, Rev. Sternberg was a leader of the Connecticut Council for Inter-Religious Understanding and was active in many causes, including maintaining the separation of church and state and supporting civil rights for the lesbian and gay community.

Rev. Sternberg met her husband, Hal, in New York City in 1976, and they were married a year later. Hal provided dedicated support throughout her ministerial career, and often said that he loved being “married to the minister.” He died in December, 2007.

In a sermon given on May 9, 2010, Rev. Sternberg spoke of, her final year at the New York Theological Seminary. Her theology professors offered the UU students the opportunity to pick topics other than the traditional Holy Trinity. She and her classmates “refused and tackled the same subjects as the rest of the class.” She went on to say, “Each evening two students were called upon to read their papers. When the topic was the Trinity, there was a loud call: ‘We want to hear from the Unitarians!’ We were both applauded and appreciated. By then, we had all decided that even though our theologies, rituals, and sources of reflection were different, we were in the same business. We were unity in diversity.”

Rev. Sternberg is survived by a step-daughter, Jill Sternberg; a step-son, Carl Sternberg and his wife, Virginia; as well as a grandson, Michael; her brother- in-law Morton Sternberg and his wife Ruth; and her sister-in-law, Marilin Sternberg.

A memorial service was held on June 30, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Society: East, 153 West Vernon St., Manchester, CT 06042. Notes of condolence may be sent to Jill Sternberg, 123 Seventh Ave., Mailbox 251, Brooklyn, NY 11215.