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Wayne Von Stetten

Wayne Von Stetten

Wayne Von Stetten died on January 25, 2018 at the age of 93. Born in Columbia, PA, he was the son of the late Warren and Catherine Reisinger Von Stetten and was preceded in death by his siblings Carolyn, Warren and Glen. He was married to Margaret Best Von Stetten for 70 years.

Mr. Von Stetten was a graduate of Columbia High School (Class of 1942), earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg State Teachers College (now Bloomsburg University) and a Master of Arts Degree from Seton Hall University. He devoted forty years to Public Education as a Teacher, Coach and Administrator serving schools in Coatesville (PA), East Orange (NJ) and Wilmington (DE). In 1983, while Principal of the Brandywine H.S. in Wilmington, he was honored by President Reagan as a Principal of a United States model high school at a White House Ceremony. Mr. Von Stetten was also an instructor at Rutgers University and The University of Delaware.

In 1984 The Athletic Complex at Brandywine High School in Delaware was named in his honor. He was also honored by the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation and the Danforth Foundation. In 1987 he received the distinguished Alumni Award from Bloomsburg University.

Mr. Von Stetten was a Navy Veteran of World War II, serving as a First-Class Petty Officer aboard the Aircraft Carrier Bataan in the South Pacific, and was the Recipient of Four Battle Stars.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four children: Wayne II married to Deborah; James married to Maureen; Eileen married to Christopher; Richard married to Annette. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Mr. Von Stetten was the author of three published books; he was a proud patriot and an ardent student of history, maintaining memberships in several organizations related to these interests. He enjoyed travel, literature and maintained a life-long interest in sports, especially high school and collegiate athletics. In 1988 he was inducted into the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame.

He was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

A memorial service will held at a future date to be announced. If desired, memorial contributions in Mr. Von Stetten's memory may be made to the Columbia Public Library, 24 S. Sixth St., Columbia, PA 17512 or to the Huskies Scholarship Fund by sending a check payable to the Bloomsburg University Foundation (memo line: Huskies Scholarship Fund) Bloomsburg University, Greenly Center, 50 E. Main St., 4th Floor, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., Columbia/Landisville.

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