Anna “Polly” Leonard

Polly Leonard

Polly Leonard

Anna “Polly” Leonard, 91, wife of the Reverend Richard Leonard, died on May 14, 2016, at Delmar Gardens in Lawrenceville, GA, after a seven year struggle with Alzheimer’s. Rev. Leonard is Minister Emeritus of All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City.

Born September 9, 1924, in Lancaster, PA, Anna Barr Leonard was married to Stanley C. Mason during WWII. After that marriage ended in divorce, she and Richard Leonard were married in 1970. Her three children and his daughters combined in an extended family of almost 200 persons, which included their parents, their siblings and families, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, plus innumerable relatives and in-laws. Polly was the matriarch, delighting in the yearly family reunions.

She excelled in the banking world and conducted investigations for Citibank CEOs Walter Wriston and John Reed. She was a marvelous cook. Polly traveled the world together with Dick over the years, including trips to Mongolia, Nepal, Antarctica, Japan, China and Russia. At the same time, she was an active participant in church life.

Her daughter Helen Thilo Bigelow preceded her in death, but Polly is survived by her children, Kenneth Grant Mason and Martha Jean Mason, her stepdaughters, Suzanne Sykora and Elizabeth Leonard. Her winsome spirit is missed by her family, her friends, and her congregation. Her memorial service at All Souls on October 1, 2016 was attended by hundreds.

Donations in her name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10075. Letters of condolence may be sent to Dick Leonard, 142 West End Ave, #15-V, New York, NY 10023-6112.

Barbara Mosher DeWolfe

Barbara DeWolfe

Barbara DeWolfe

Barbara Mosher DeWolfe, 87, died Sunday May 8, 2016, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Rev. William A. “Bill” DeWolfe.

Barbara was the center her family’s life. She was known for her love of knitting, gardening, cribbage and bridge. She was born in Brewer, Maine, on March 3, 1929, and was raised in Bangor. Barb met the love of her life, Bill, at Ferry Beach in 1945, and their journey through life together included stops in Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri and Ohio. She and Bill retired to Damariscotta in 1996 and moved to Granite Hill in 2007. They built a large extended family throughout their travels in life and her loss will be felt widely and deeply.

Her dedication to the Unitarian Universalist faith was demonstrated throughout her life. She advocated for peace, human rights, civil rights, and women’s rights through her work with the church and in the community. She was among the first certified Directors of Religious Education in the UUA and was very active at the denominational level in curriculum development. Barbara and Bill’s dedication to Ferry Beach Park Association, the Unitarian Universalist conference center in Saco, included many years as conference leaders for youth and family programs and culminated with their lead donation for the construction of the DeWolfe Dining Hall in 2011.

She attended Jackson College and received her AB in 1950. Barbara always said that she never knew what she wanted to be in her professional life, but worked in public education, religious education, fair housing, community development, real estate, and hospital volunteer management while she waited to figure it out.

She is survived by her sons: Rick (Hillary) of Towson, Md., and Paul (Ellen) of Missoula, Mont.; four grandchildren: Abby DeWolfe (Seth) of Kensington, Md.; Reid DeWolfe (Courtney) of Somerville, Mass.; Jack DeWolfe of Barre, Vt., and Emily DeWolfe of Portland, Ore.; and two great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Madeline Patch of Kensington, Md.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, William A. (Bill) DeWolfe, and her oldest son Mark Mosher DeWolfe.

The family requests donations in her memory be made to the Ferry Beach Park Association,
5 Morris Avenue, Saco, ME 04072

The Rev. Earle R. Ramsdell

Earle Ramsdell

Earle Ramsdell

The Rev. Earle R. Ramsdell, American Baptist minister, pastoral counselor, and beloved colleague in the Southwest District, died at home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on April 23, 2016.

Earle Ramsdell was born May 27, 1921 in Somerville MA, to Lloyd and Anna (McDonald) Ramsdell. He graduated from Boston University with a BS in Education in 1944, then obtained a Master of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School in 1946 and a second masters degree in counseling in 1972 from the University of North Texas.

He served two American Baptist pastorates between 1946 and 1953. He then served as the Associate Director of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches from 1953 to 1959, where, as the Director of Radio and Television, he produced and participated in religious programming. In 1959 he became the Executive Director of the Greater Flint (Michigan) Council of Churches, where he served as co-chair of the successful effort to pass an open housing ordinance, with Flint becoming the first city in the nation to enact such an ordinance by public vote. He was also instrumental in the creation of that city’s Human Relations Commission.

In 1973 he joined the staff of the Pastoral Counseling Center in Dallas TX, retiring in 1995 after twenty years as Director of Education and Training.

In retirement, he served as the volunteer Director of Pastoral Care at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, having moved to Louisiana in 1995 with his wife Penny as she joined the faculty of the LSU School of Social Work.

He is survived by his wife Penny Smith Ramsdell; two daughters, two grandsons, and two great-grandsons.

Dr. Elizabeth Fordon

Elizabeth Fordon

Elizabeth Fordon

Dr. Elizabeth Fordon, 71, died April 3, 2016 after a long illness with interstitial lung disease. “Betsy,” as she was widely known, was the spouse of the Rev. Dr. John Fordon. He reports that she loved to travel, attend opera, theater, and concerts, and play bridge. She embraced Unitarian Universalism with unbounded enthusiasm, letting all who knew her see her values and belief system. In later years, she focused on raising money for young and impoverished women seeking abortions of unwanted pregnancies, until poor health began to diminish her strength.

She was the devoted mother of Andrew (who passed away at age 23,) and her grown son Philip Reed. She loved being grandmother of Philip’s children — Claire, Connor, and Brendan — and stepmother to John’s five adult children.

Betsy’s passion was her profession as a librarian. She held every possible position in public libraries, from being a teenage book-shelver to a professional Reference and then Children’s Librarian, in Florida and New York. She was a consultant for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania, an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities, and finally the director of a multi-library system in Pennsylvania. She held a Masters of Science in Library Science from Florida State University, a Masters of Public Administration from Long Island University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Library Science, also from Florida State. She was an ardent advocate for all libraries and their staffs, collections, and programs.

John suggests that gifts of remembrance be directed to the donor’s local library.

Dorothy “Alden” Wright Davis

Dorothy Wright Davis

Dorothy Wright Davis

Dorothy “Alden” Wright Davis, 89, died peacefully March 1, 2016 in Eugene, OR. Her husband and her three children were with her as she died. She was the wife of the Rev. Charles A. Reinhardt. Alden would have turned 90 on July 29.

Born in Bryn Mawr, PA, to Guier Wright and Dorothy Battles Wright on July 29, 1926, Alden was an unabashed intellectual and scholar, traits fostered by her remarkable parents. She grew up with an insatiable curiosity and the conviction that women could do whatever they chose.

In 1947, Alden graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in geology. While earning her graduate degree at the University of Michigan, she met Robert I. Davis of Meredith, NH, whom she married in 1949. Over the next 36 years, as they raised their family and relocated frequently, their romance and relationship never faltered.

In the 1950s, Alden and Bob lived for several years in Mexico before returning to the US where they lived in rural Pennsylvania, the Missouri Ozarks, suburban Connecticut, and the mountains of Colorado among other places. For Alden, every move was an adventure and an opportunity. So, too, was the rearing of their children, Andrew, Philip and Rebecca. As she watched her own children develop, Alden began working with children with developmental issues, particularly autism. In the 1970s, she earned her second graduate degree, this time in developmental disabilities.

Alden and Bob retired to New Hampshire in the 1970s. In Durham, they built a home that Alden designed and which incorporated their favorite elements from the many houses they’d lived in. After Bob’s death in 1985, Alden began working for the Rev. Bob Karnan at UU Church of Portsmouth, South Church, later becoming a member of the congregation. It was there that she met the Rev. Charles Reinhardt, who was doing an interim ministry there.

They got to know each other well as she helped him sort out a ministerial conflict which was splintering the church. Chuck knew she could be counted on to provide reliable information. Their collegial relationship became deeper and Alden and Chuck married in1997. The couple lived in Newcastle, until 2014, when they moved to Eugene, OR. Her second marriage proved to be as deep and enduring as the first. Alden found the love of her life: twice.

Over many years Alden enjoyed presidential politics, relying on the PBS News Hour. She had no use for commercial television. Instead she and Chuck enjoyed several book clubs and the New York Review of Books.

In 1997 Alden joined Chuck in his home in Sheepscot, Maine. Alden soon joined a local University of Maine Extension group serving local women, working with monthly sessions, and providing transportation for those members who no longer drove. She also joined Chuck in the local Midcoast UU Fellowship as well, notably, in the special effort to rescue the Sheepscot Community Church with new growth.

Chuck and Alden enjoyed Elderhostel programs in Scandinavia. They also visited the Grand Canyon, Greece (with Canadian clergy and UUs, including Alan Deale and Kathleen Hunter, and Chuck Eddis).

As she got older, Alden traveled less, but never lost her intellectual curiosity or her zest for life. Alden approached the many transitions in her life with enthusiasm, curiosity and a Zen-like acceptance of change. Shortly before her death, while reviewing the many moves she’d made, she noted, “there’s just one more move I have to make.”

She always said her proudest accomplishment was to raise three kids into adults whom she not only loved but liked. Her pride in her children was evident to all who knew her.

Alden is survived by her husband; her children; granddaughter, Leah; great-grandchildren, Elias and Astrid Alden; sister, Patricia Hume; and numerous nieces, nephews, stepchildren and grandchildren.

Sympathy notes may be sent to: Chuck Reinhardt, 65 W 30th Ave., #3403, Eugene, OR 97405.

The Rev. Paul W. Ratzlaff

uurmapaThe Rev. Paul W. Ratzlaff, 70, died on February 28, 2016.

Paul was born on July 24, 1945 to Leslie and Nina Ratzlaff in Kingston, Jamaica. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Warner Pacific College in 1966; a Master of Arts from Colgate University in 1968; and a Certificate from the Stevens Gesner Project to Train Men and Women for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry in 1973.

Rev. Ratzlaff was ordained by the Unitarian Society of New Brunswick, NJ in 1974, and ministered with the congregation for the next six years. In 1980, he was called to the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, where he served for over twenty years, until 2002. He went on to serve a year of Interim Ministry with the South Nassau UU Congregation of Freeport, NY, and was subsequently called to the UU Fellowship of Huntington, NY, where he served as settled minister for eight years until his retirement in 2012.

Rev. Ratzlaff was very active within the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Metro New York District, and served as chairperson of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association’s Continuing Education, Network, Training, Enrichment and Renewal (C.E.N.T.E.R.) committee. He co-founded the New Jersey Unitarian Universalist Ministers Council, and served as President of the council. Within the community, Paul held membership with the Executive Board of the League of Women Voters; the East Brunswick Area Clergy Council; and the Morris Area Clergy Council. Additionally, he served an interfaith, interracial organization dedicated to building affordable housing in the Morristown area. While ministering in Long Island, he continued his work in social justice in many areas, including LGBTQ rights, marriage equality, affordable housing, workers’ rights, and promoting understanding and caring among all people.

Of her father, Hannah Ratzlaff writes: “He dedicated his life to social justice and caring for others. He was an incredibly generous and loving person who devoted himself to his family and truly taught me the value of hard work and commitment. He had an amazing balance of kindness, wit, and empathy which allowed him to see many sides of an issue, often acting as the voice of reason for me.”

Paul is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Hannah (Cory) and Ian (Louise); granddaughter, Giuliana; brother, Dale (Marcy); father in law, Hy; Aunt, Evajoy; Uncle, Sydney; Stepmother, Grace, and many other beloved family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New York Memory Center or to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Notes of condolences may be sent to Barbara Ratzlaff, 557 Atlantic Avenue Apt 2 D-S Brooklyn NY 11217.

[A revised obituary is pending.]

The Rev. Robert M. Doss

uurmapaThe Rev. Robert M. Doss died on February 12, 2016.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret W. Doss; his daughter, Katherine D. Briggs (Michael); his son, Kenneth M. Doss (Alicia); his brothers, James V. Doss, and Thomas L. Doss; his sister-in-law, Norma Doss; and his grandchildren, Dustin Briggs, Heather Patel, Sara Briggs, Dylan Briggs and Keeleigh Doss. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Sarah Doss, and his brother William H. Doss.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 20th at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

 In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, DE (http://www.firstuuwilm.org/).

Condolences may be sent to Peggy Doss, Ken Doss, and Kathy Briggs at 112 Wynwood Drive, Wilmington, DE 19810-4428.

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

The Rev. Alan L. Egly

uurmapaThe Rev. Alan L. Egly, 84, died on January 31, 2016.

Alan’s surviving family members include his wife, Patricia; children, Lorrie Copeland, Lisa (Peter) Lehmuller, Christian (Marie) Day and Yvonne Day; Peter Blaibel; Jeremy Sird; six grandchildren; and one brother.

A celebration of life was planned for Friday, February 5 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807.

In lieu of flowers, gifts to Final Exit or Compassion and Choices are suggested.
Condolences may be sent to Patricia Egly, 701 Iowa Street, Davenport, IA 52803.

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

The Rev. John A. Farmakis

uurmapaThe Rev. John A. Farmakis, 92, died on January 24th, 2016.

He is survived by his nephew, John L. Farmakis, Jr. and his family, in addition to several devoted friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The John A. Farmakis Memorial Fund,, Att’n: Patrice M. Wiseley, University of Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Gift Planning Services, 3535 Market Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309.

Notes of condolence may be sent to John L. Farmakis Jr. at John.Farmakis@gmail.com.

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

Ingeborg Jack

Ingborg Jack

Inge Jack

Ingeborg Jack, 88, widow of the Rev. Homer Jack, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Kendal at Longwood, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Inge, as she liked to be called, was born in Stuttgart, Germany, but spent her adult years living in the USA, Belgium, Switzerland, and Thailand. Her early memories are of hikes in the Black Forest, and singing folk songs with her family. Inge had a beautiful voice and was often asked to sing by school and town officials.

Before retiring, Inge worked for UNICEF in New York City. She helped establish two chapters of Amnesty International, and worked tirelessly supporting the work of her late husband, peace and human rights activist, Homer Jack. Upon Homer’s passing, she devoted her time lobbying for children living in war ravaged areas, and trying to eradicate the use of land mines (a cause she worked on with the late Diana, Princess of Wales); she was also concerned about global warming.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Homer Jack; her parents, Ernst and Auguste; a twin sister, Majella; a younger sister, Helma; as well as her beloved brother, Herbert. She leaves behind her daughter, Marianne, married to Chris Thatcher; as well as two other daughters, Renate and Sigrid; and five grandchildren, Annemarie (Georg), Mark (Jen), Robert (Karoline), “Mac”, and Jasmine. She also has five great-grandchildren: Sophie, Alastair, Julian, Edward, and Emily. She is survived by a sister, Majella Kolb.

The family of Ingeborg would like to thank the staff at Kendall for welcoming Inge like a family member, for the past ten years, and for the respect and loving care they gave her.

A Celebration of Life was scheduled for Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Kendal at Longwood, Kennett Square, PA.

Arrangements are by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square, Pa. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.