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.
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
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.
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
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).
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.