Obituaries: Terwilliger, Every, Stevenson, Graves, Langie

Dr. Gloria Helen Terwilliger (1927 – 2013)

SAN DIEGO, CA—Dr. Gloria Helen Terwilliger, scholar, teacher, musician, inspiring mother and respected leader passed away November 3, 2013 at the age of 86 in San Diego, CA.

Born in Springfield, MA, September 30, 1927 to Italian immigrant parents Guido and Alfea Pasquini, she is survived by: her daughter, Connie Terwilliger of San Diego, CA; her son, Eric Terwilliger of Munich, Germany; grandchildren, Daniel and Elena Terwilliger of Munich, Germany; nephews, Armando and Marcos Pasquini of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

In addition to amazing strength of character and the ability to rise above obstacles, her two main passions were music and education. Both of which were passed on to her children. She also instilled a firm belief in her children that they could succeed in any endeavor.

Her lifelong love of music began as a child playing piano and organ and ultimately became her single passion after retiring from a long career in education. After graduating from Smith College (BA), she entered music school at Indiana University where she married Bill Terwilliger (deceased). Dr. Terwilliger received her master’s degree in music history and began to travel from coast to coast as the wife of a Marine officer. She played church organ and weddings and taught piano lessons. Later she added the harpsichord to her skill set, and ultimately the cello.

Her children growing, she returned to school getting her masters in library science at Catholic University of America. She worked in the library at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. Her passion for education took her back to school where she received her EdD from the University of Maryland and she began a long and much respected career as the director of learning resources at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA, 1969 to 1992. While at NOVA, she embraced new technologies and helped move the school into the computer age. Her expertise in this area took her around the country and the world consulting for community colleges as far away as Kuwait. She received national honors and awards for leadership in the field of instructional support services.

She traveled frequently to San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, where her brother Armand (deceased) had retired and married, becoming much more than an aunt to his two boys. Other trips took her to Peru, Wales and in one of her fondest memories—six weeks in India on a Fulbright Scholarship.

It was clear from an early age that her son, Eric had inherited her love of music when she played the organ for his first public appearance as a trumpeter at the age of 10 in the base chapel in Quantico, VA. She continued to accompany Eric as his musical skills developed, including traveling to the International Music Competition in Geneva, Switzerland in 1976 where they won the silver medal. Eric is currently principal horn with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio in Munich, Germany. After retiring from NOVA in 1994, she moved back to the northeast to be closer to her roots and some long-time college friends. Settling in Hudson, Dr. Terwilliger immediately immersed herself in the community, continuing to teach piano, organizing and playing string quartets, and adding the title of musical director for local productions to her long resume. She was instrumental in organizing the music for several of the early Hudson Winter Walks, with a Rolodex full of the musicians within driving distance of Hudson. She created sing-a-longs that were held at the Hudson Opera House and at Senior Centers in the area. Occasionally, she would play piano bar for tips that went directly to the Hudson Library. She organized the board for the Pleshakov Center on Warren Street. Dr. Terwilliger will be long remembered in Hudson and Columbia County for her energy, her dedication to the arts and her parties.

She moved to San Diego in 2009 to be closer to her daughter Connie Terwilliger, who is a voice actor working out of her professional home studio.

As word of her passing begins to reach her many friends across the country, it is clear that she touched many people and changed people’s lives with her wisdom, good humor and passion for music and education.

Donations in memory of Dr. Terwilliger can be made to the Hudson Opera House: 518 822-1438, www.hudsonoperahouse.org/support.html.

Roy “Red” C. Every (1922 – 2013)

SPRING HILL, FL—Roy “Red” C. Every passed away August 27, 2013.

He was born June 18, 1922 to the late Charles and Anne Jenkins Every in Chatham.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Tomasitz in 1985; his brothers, Ken, Charles, Jr., and Robert and his sister, Mildred.

He is survived by: his wife, Margaret; his son, Jack and daughter-in-law Pam; his three granddaughters and four great- grandchildren.

Mr. Every served as a sergeant in the U.S. marines during World War II, he returned home and worked for the railroad for 38 years.

In his spare time he enjoyed golf and loved hunting and the outdoors. He had moved to Carmel in 1961 and then to Florida about 20 years ago.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 16, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church, Chatham at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Ghent.

For directions or to send an online condolence visit www.frenchblasl.com.

Lansing W. Stevenson (1936 – 2013)

HUDSON—Lansing W. Stevenson, 77, of Hudson, died Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Firemen’s Home.

Born February 22, 1936 in Valatie, he was the son of the late Howard and Theresa (Palen) Stevenson.

Mr. Stevenson served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a truck driver for the Columbia County Highway Department in Greenport. He also worked as a mechanic at the Universal Match Factory. He was a member of the Stottville Fire Company.

Mr. Stevenson is survived by: two sons, James E. Stevenson of Hope Mills, NC and Michael A. Stevenson of West Palm Beach, FL; two sisters, Lulu Belle Kinney of Hudson and Ellen Puglio of Valatie; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ellen (Moore) Stevenson; three sisters, Mary Pough, Catherine Stone, and Dorothy DeCrosta, and six brothers, Washington, Lester, Harold, John, Howard and Joseph Stevenson.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 11 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 12 at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. After the burial a reception will be held at the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Maryann Graves (1944 – 2013)

HARTFORD, CT—Maryann Graves, 69, of Simmons Street, Millerton passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital.

She was born January 16, 1944 in Biloxi, MS, a daughter of William and May (McKinney) Grube.

Ms. Graves was employed as a therapy aide at the Wassaic Developmental Center.

Survivors include: her children, Tammy Rose of Millerton, Renee DeGrosso of Wassaic and William DeGrosso of Dover Plains; five grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Grube of Hillsdale.

Private services will be held from the Parish of Our Lady of Hope in Copake Falls, with the Reverend George Brennan officiating.

Interment will follow in the Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 310 Manchester Road, Suite 105, Poughkeepsie 12603.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake. To send and online condolence visit www.peckandpeck.net.

Claire Langie

GERMANTOWN—Claire Langie of Germantown entered into eternal peace November 6, 2013.

Predeceased by her parents, Geraldine and Louis Langie, Sr., she is survived by Louis Langie (Sally) and Patsy Schroth; Sr. Vergilia Jim, OSF; nephew, John Schroth (Beth Ann); nieces, Adele Langie, Roberta van Winkle, Sheryl Gilbert (Curtis), Andrea Daskalakis (Stefanos) and Julie Buhr and a community of friends.

Ms. Langie attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, graduated from Columbia School and the College of New Rochelle and entered the Ursuline order. She received her master’s from Catholic University before she was sent on a mission to Bangkok, Thailand.

During her tenure, she served as principal of Mater Dei elementary school. Upon her return to the states, Ms. Langie joined with Sr. Vergilia to teach at Holy Name School at Times Square. While teaching they recognized the need for a child-centered peace program and co-authored “Peace Begins with Me,” a teacher’s guide to holistic orientation for peace education. They brought this program to schools throughout the states and Hawaii.

In 1992 Ms. Langie and Sr. Vergilia founded the Oneness and Peace Spiritual Center in Germantown, where for more than 20 years they have offered holistic spirituality and hospitality.

A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013, 11 a.m. at Resurrection Church, Germantown.

The family will celebrate Ms. Langie’s life this summer in Rochester. Consider honoring Ms. Langie with a donation to the Ursuline Provincialate Eastern Province of the U.S., 1338 North Avenue, New Rochelle 10804 or the Sisters of St. Francis of the Newman Communities Central Office, 1118 Court Street, Suite 32, Syracuse 13208.

The family deeply appreciates the excellent care of the dedicated staff at Whittier RSNC, Ghent.

 

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