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In Memory of... Andrew G. Rosenberger (1918-2013)

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 12, 2013

The Rev. Andrew George Rosenberger died on May 31, 2013 at the age of 94.

Rev. Rosenberger was born in Oak Park, IL on August 21, 1918 to Emily Williams and Andrew Fretz Rosenberger. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1941. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1944.

Rev. Rosenberger was ordained at the First Congregational Unitarian Church of Northborough, MA on June 25, 1944. He served the First Congregational Unitarian Church of Northborough, MA from 1944-1950. Later, he served the First Parish Church of Groton, MA from 1963-1979. He was honored with the titles of Minister Emeritus of the First Congregational Unitarian Church of Northborough (now the First Parish Northborough, Unitarian Universalist) in 1950; and of the First Parish in Groton in 1979. He officially retired from ministry in 1979.

An early advocate of healthy living, in 1961 Rev. Rosenberger published Eat Your Way to Better Health (Bobbs-Merrill, 1961), a healthy food and lifestyle manual. He continued to lecture across the country on health and nutrition.

In 1983, Rev. Rosenberger purchased Hillbrook Orchards, an apple orchard in Groton, MA. He became a committed conservationist. Rev. Rosenberger would often lead sunrise worship services among the apple blossoms from the top of the Orchard’s highest hill.

Rev. Rosenberger spent a lifetime actively involved in various civic causes. For over 50 years, Rev. Rosenberger served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Guild for the Blind, which served children at the Perkins School for the Blind as well as other visually handicapped and blind people. He was also President of the Wellesley, MA School Board; a founding member of the Unitarian Christian Fellowship in Groton, MA; and President of the Groton Council of Churches, also in Groton, MA.

On the subject of gratitude, Rev. Rosenberger once noted:

If I were to make a short list of my gratitude to others at this time, it would include: my mother and father whose faith, hope, love and benevolent spirit inspired me to enter the ministry; Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School which helped me to prepare for that sacred calling; my marriage to Willamena Parks whom I had courted for three years at Radcliffe before our wedding at Christ Church in Cambridge a week after graduation; and the intimate contacts with men and women and children in the churches I served in nearly every condition and circumstance, sharing their births and deaths, hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, successes and disappointments, as I tried in some small measure to help make their lives a little better and more meaningful… The longer I live, the more important it seems to me for all of us to be engaged in some form of human service. To find real satisfaction and true peace of mind, we have to recognize at least a few of the endless opportunities to fulfill our obligation to life by tangibly reaching out to the physically and mentally challenged – the often forgotten people who need our help so badly, more than ever, because of the systematic reduction in public funding for their care and support. When Billie and I look at our fifty five years of happily married life together with our four children and their spouses, our ten grandchildren, and our great grandchild, all of whom have filled our lives with abiding joy, we enter our golden years together with heartfelt thanks for all our blessings and with great expectations for the days ahead.

Rev. Rosenberger is survived by daughter, Wilhelmina Gustavson; sons, Eric Rosenberger, Karl Rosenberger, and Leif Rosenberger; ten grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Willamena "Billie” Rosenberger.

There was a memorial service June 8, 2013 at the First Parish Church in Groton, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Parish Church, 1 Powder House Rd., Groton, MA 01450.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Eric Rosenberger at 29 Auburn St, Concord, NH 03301; or via email at edfirst@aol.com.

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In Memory of . . . Richard E. Benner (1942-2013)

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 17, 2013

The Rev. Richard Elden Benner died on May 18, 2013 at the age of 70.


Rev. Benner was born in Bangor, ME on May 30, 1942 to Anne and Elden Benner. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education from the University of Maine in 1964 and 1969, respectively. He went on to attain a Master of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1974.


Rev. Benner was ordained at the First Universalist church of Westbrook, ME on June 16, 1974. He was first called to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, FL from 1974-1979. He then went on to serve the Unitarian Universalist Church of Central Nassau in Garden City, NY from 1979-1987. In 1987, he began 11 years of service as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, FL. He left there in 1998 to begin his final ministry at the First Unitarian Church of Omaha NE. He served there until his retirement in 2005.


Rev. Benner faithfully served both his denomination and his community. He spent two terms as President of the UUA’s Florida District. He also served as President of the Sarasota Council of Concern; founding member of the Sarasota Interfaith Education Coalition (SURE); and served on the Board of Directors of the Sarasota Family Counseling Center. Due to his belief in preserving and promoting freedom of choice and dignity at the end of life, he served as the President of the Hemlock Society of Florida as well as is first Floridian chapter, Suncoast Hemlock.


A devoted follower of the renowned psychotherapist Carl Jung, Rev. Benner taught classes based on Jung's work and attended the C. G. Jung Institute in Switzerland. He was also a founding member of the C.G. Jung Society of Sarasota, FL.


Rev. Benner enjoyed foreign films, British and Scandinavian television series, and Civil War history. A true dog lover, he would often fondly recall memories of his late, beloved, golden retriever, Josh, named after Civil War hero and Maine native, Joshua Chamberlain. Many knew of his poetic gift, and the "humanity, compassion, and wit he was able to convey through his work.” He published several books of poetry based on his experiences in the state of Maine: Maine Moods, Living Double, and Night Songs.


Rev. Benner is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Susan Benner; sons, Christopher Benner and Andrew Benner; and granddaughter, Sophia Benner.


There was a memorial service on May 25, 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota.

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In Memory of . . . Byron E. Kelham (1927-2013)

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 17, 2013

The Ministries and Faith Development staff offers our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Byron E. Kelham who died on April 14, 2013 at the age of 86.

Rev. Kelham was born in Troy, ID on February 28, 1927 to Alva (Cartwright) and Edward Kelham. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis & Clark College in 1952. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Divinity from Star King School for the Ministry in 1955.

Rev. Kelham was ordained at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, TX on October 17, 1955. He was first called to serve the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh from 1964-1968. He also served the First Unitarian Society of Pueblo, CO from 1981-1988. He retired from ministry in 1992.

Because serving his communities and social justice were such important causes to Rev. Kelham, he found meaning in his time served on the boards of the Danbury, CT branch of the NAACP and the Human Relations Council. He also served as the Chairman of the Chaplains’ Association of the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

About the roles of minister and congregation, Rev. Kelham once wrote:

As I see it, it is the prime functions of the church to help its members find a core of meaning around which the various fragments of their lives may be unified. Ideally, the minister should exemplify such a unified, "whole” life. Out of the strength and experience this gives him, he should, by means of ritual, preaching, and counseling, help others to achieve the same.

In so doing, the church and minister must at times vigorously protest and seek to correct those elements in our society, those demands, which are truly incompatible with such wholeness; prejudice, injustice, etc.

Rev. Kelham is survived by his wife, Ethyl Kelham; daughters, Rebecca Claussen, Cara Henderson, and Leslie Kelham; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the First Unitarian Society of Pueblo, 110 S. LaCrosse Ave., Pueblo, CO 81001.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Society for Ministerial Relief C/O Glen Snowden, Secretary, 34 Meeting House Lane, #201, Stow, MA 01775.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Leslie Kelham at 135 Vernon Pl., Pueblo, CO 81004.

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In Memory of . . . Charles O. Richardson, Jr. (1915-2013)

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 20, 2013

The Rev. Charles O. Richardson, Jr. died on April 5, 2013 at the age of 97.

Rev. Richardson was born in Weston, MA on August 26, 1915 to Laura (Woodworth) and Charles O. Richardson. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1937. He went on to attain a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1949.

Ordained at the First Parish Church of Stow, MA in 1949, Rev. Richardson served as its minister until 1953. He then went on to serve the First Parish Unitarian Church in Canton, MA from 1953-1957. He served as interim minister of Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, NH and the First Parish of Stow, MA in 1957 and 1958, respectively. He moved on to serve the Unitarian Universalist Church of South Acton, MA from 1958-1960; and followed that with interim ministry positions at the First Parish of Groton, MA in 1960; and the Unitarian Church of Dublin, NH in 1961. From 1962-1972, he served the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Wilton Center, NH; and from 1974-1976, he served the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church in Brookfield, MA. Finally, in for a few months in 1982-1983, he returned to the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Wilton Center, NH and served as their interim minister. The church had previously honored him in 1972 by bestowing him with the title of Minister Emeritus. He officially retired in 1985.

Having explored other careers and pathways in his earlier life, Rev. Richardson worked for the Boston Herald Traveler newspaper for several years after receiving his undergraduate degree. He eventually left to join the Navy during World War II.

Rev. Richardson’s interests ran the gamut, and he was actively involved in various organizations throughout his lifetime such as the Freemasons and Lions Club. A man with a dynamic and inquisitive mind, Rev. Richardson truly enjoyed reading about and debating theological and political subjects. He was also an eager fan of the Boston Red Sox as well as the Harvard football team. He absolutely loved live theatre, and performed for years in local, community theatre productions.

"Corry” (as he was known to friends and loved ones) vacationed with his family for many wonderful years at his home in Kennebunk Beach, ME. His family, friends, and caregivers at Summerhill Assisted Living will remember him fondly.

Rev. Richardson is survived by his son, Charles O. Richardson, III; daughters, Penelope Richardson Tarrant and Elizabeth Richardson Paré; grandchildren, Joshua C. Tarrant, Callan E. Richardson, Alexander G. Paré and Carter C. Richardson; and sisters, Mabel C. Richardson, Laura R. Payson, and Lucy Rand and her husband Theodore G. Rand. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth H. Richardson.

There was a memorial service on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Wilton Center in Wilton, NH.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Charles O. Richardson, III at 305 Guyette Rd., East Montpelier, VT 05651.

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In Memory of . . . Raymond C. Hopkins (1919-2013)

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 10, 2013

The Rev. Dr. Raymond Charles Hopkins died on April 21, 2013 at the age of 93.

Rev. Hopkins was born in Danbury, CT on July 29, 1919 to Mary (Halstead) and Clarence Hopkins. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in 1947. In 1949, he also went on to earn a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Tufts University. Finally, in 1964, he received an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology from Starr King School for the Ministry.

Rev. Hopkins was ordained at The Universalist Church of America in Brockton, MA in July of 1949. He was first called to serve the Universalist Church of Canton, MA from 1944-1945. He then went on to serve the Universalist Church of Medford, MA from 1945-1946. From 1946-1952, he served the Universalist Church of Brockton, MA. After the consolidation, he continued to serve this church which came to be known as the Universalist Unitarian Church of Brockton, and he remained there until 1961 when he was also named Minister Emeritus.

Rev. Hopkins was actively involved in the effort to unite the Unitarian and Universalist faiths from 1946 until the actual consolidation in 1961, and worked consistently and passionately on many consolidation committees until this dream came to fruition. Later in that same year, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and remained in that position until 1974.

Rev. Hopkins began a new chapter in his life when, in 1974, after leaving his post at the UUA, he took on the role of Executive Director of the Ferry Beach Park Association in Saco, ME. His experiences as both a parish minister and the Executive Vice President of the UUA allowed him to help Ferry Beach grow into a successful organization. Never one to sit on his laurels, Rev. Hopkins also served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco & Biddeford from 1975-1984. He was honored with the title of Minister Emeritus in 1984, upon his retirement.

Proudly dedicated to the denomination and beyond, Rev. Hopkins served as Co-Chairman of the American Unitarian Association – Universalist Church of America (AUA– UCA) Program Committee from 1956-1957; Administrator of the Council of Liberal Churches from 1958-1959; Member and Secretary of the Joint Merger Commission from 1957-1960; Chairman of the Merger Plebiscite Committee from 1959-1960; Chairman of the Coordinating Committee on Consolidation from 1960-1961; on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Religious Freedom in 1969; and he was a longstanding member of the Fraters of the Wayside Inn, an exclusive Unitarian Universalist study group. He was also heavily engaged in the anti-war, feminism, and civil right movements. Throughout his tenure as the UUA, he had the opportunity to meet a number of his heroes, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F. Kennedy.

Rev. Hopkins is survived by daughters, Patricia Hopkins, Linda Hopkins, and Janet Clark; as well as eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Hopkins, and eight brothers and sisters.

An official date has not yet been set for a planned memorial service, this summer, at Ferry Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Ave., Saco, Maine 04072.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Linda Hopkins at 8 Morris Ave., Saco, ME 04072.

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In Memory of . . . R. Lanier Clance (1938-2013)

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 10, 2013

The Rev. R. Lanier Clance died on April 15, 2013 at the age of 74.

Rev. Clance was born in Jacksonville, FL on December 18, 1938 to Henry and Eloise Clance. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College in 1965. He also earned a Bachelor of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary in 1965.

Rev. Clance was ordained at the First Universalist Church in North Olmstead, OH on February 20, 1966. He was called to serve the First Universalist Church (now the Olmstead Unitarian Universalist Congregation) in 1965, and he stayed there until 1974. He then went on to found the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, GA in 1976. He continued to serve there (as well as the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Riverdale in Atlanta, GA from 1996-1998) until his retirement in 2001. He was given the honor of being named Minister Emeritus of the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta in 2001.

Rev. Clance worked hard to uphold peace and justice in his community and beyond. Being a feminist, humanist, and all-around political activist, it comes as no surprise that his beliefs led him to work with the National Organization of Women (N.O.W.), the American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.), and various other community organizations.

A practitioner of Gestalt and existentialist therapies, Rev. Clance also counseled couples and individuals, and "was a compassionate and forthright companion through his clients' suffering and joy.”

In 1976, Rev. Clance and eight other people joined together to form the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta. They would eventually build its membership to 450 members by 1981. As one of the founders, Rev. Clance helped form a congregation which was intentionally diverse, bringing together folks from many different communities and helping them view life through a more expansive and generous lens. "As a speaker and leader, he was known for his spontaneity, honesty, and gift of being present in the moment. His legacy includes both a profound acceptance of others as they were and his dedication to urging his congregants to become more fully themselves.”

In "An Existential Ministry: Theory and Practice,” Rev. Clance speaks on his ministerial approach:

I consider my preaching to be Life-Centered. Intellectual concepts are drawn from philosophy, theology, psychology and other disciplines of study. I do not present lectures on these subjects. I do use these areas of knowledge to illuminate and illustrate my particular responses and reactions to life problems of human existence as well as the joys. I believe such preaching creates a dual response. The initial response is to my particular answers and analysis. A more profound response is created by providing individuals with a few concrete answers which they can accept or reject. Namely, they can then work out their own position or faith. I am personally more excited when an individual states something I said started him thinking about an issue or increased his awareness of his own feelings and ideas than when I hear another repeat what I have said as if it were the truth.

A friend noted, "Lanier will be remembered for his gift of engaging others in opening their spirits to know and celebrate the depth of human experience in each moment.”

Rev. Clance is survived by his life partners, who have both cared for him for the last 40 years, Pauline Rose and Nancy Zumoff.

There will be a memorial service on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Pauline Rose Clance and Nancy Zumoff at 1293 Fairview Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306.

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In Memory of . . . David V. Leonard (1942-2013)

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 10, 2013

The Rev. David V. Leonard died on January 28, 2013. He was 71 years old.

Rev. Leonard was born in Rutland, VT on January 8, 1942 to Katheryn (Campbell) and Richard Leonard. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1963. He then went on to attain a Bachelor of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1967.

Ordained by the United Methodist Church in Trivoli, IL in June, 1967, Rev. Leonard eventually decided to make a change and, in 1975, he left the Methodist Church to begin a life as a Unitarian Universalist. He immediately took steps to become a Unitarian Universalist minister, and was called to his first position at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton, PA from 1977-1984. He then went on to serve to First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg, VA from 1984-1992; the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, OH from 1992-2002; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, NY from 2002-2003; and the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, NJ from 2003-2008.

His wife, Linda, shared:

David Leonard was an intensely private person who was happiest either chasing trains (in order to photograph a locomotive), or walking a trail in the woods. Classical music, the deep night sky, and a win by the Detroit Tigers or Chicago Cubs also moved him deeply. So did the affection of his cats, from the illegal seminary fur brother, to the orange and black companions on the hospice hospital bed.

Hating ceremony, David much preferred jeans to a suit. Clergy and lay people alike sometimes wondered if he really was a minister since he only wore his "uniform" when absolutely necessary.

As a person most comfortable by himself, David was uneasy with many of the tasks and expectations of the parish minister. Over the years, he learned to wear two hats: the minister's hat and the rail fan/photographer hat. He was an excellent photographer and good at keeping his own counsel. He was also superlative at counseling others and preaching on Sunday morning.

He read theology, philosophy, science (especially paleontology), and thrillers, with Tony Hillerman and Sue Grafton being two of his favorite authors. He also liked children's books.

He was a good father. He loved his children, his animals, the natural world, and, of course, his trains. He had a wry, Mark Twain-Ambrose Bierce sense of humor that could find the ridiculous in almost any situation. He was politically green but not without snide remarks.

In Emerson's sense, David Leonard leaves the world a better place.

Rev. Leonard is survived by his wife, Linda Wiltz; daughter, Elisabeth Anne Leonard and her husband, Adam Hill; son Marc Leonard; brother, Richard Leonard; sister, Lucy Hill; and grandchildren, Benjamin Sage and Jaden Liana.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Linda Wiltz at 16 Genesee Ave., Binghamton, NY 13903.

He would be pleased if, in lieu of flowers, donations might be made to: any Railroad Club, the Animal Rescue League (www.animalleague.org), or the Humane Society (www.humanesociety.org).

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In Memory of . . . Robert C. Clarke (1928-2013)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Rev. Robert C. Clarke died on January 18, 2013. He was 84 years old.

Rev. Clarke was born in Seattle, WA on June 11, 1928 to Ethel (Moore) and Clarence Clarke. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University in 1960. He then went on to attain a Bachelor of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1963.

Rev. Clarke was ordained on September 20, 1964 at the First Unitarian Society in Exeter, NH, where he also served from 1964-1967. He went on to serve the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA from 1967-1977; The First Unitarian Church of Dallas, TX from 1977-1980; the Unitarian Church North in Mequon, WI from 1982-1983; and the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati, OH from 1983-1991. Rev. Clarke was honored with the title of Minister Emeritus from the First Unitarian Church, and retired from ministry in 1991. In 1996, he helped found the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim, WI.

Committed to his faith, Rev. Clarke lectured at the Star Island Family Conference in 1966; and spoke at the Southwestern Regional Conference in 1979. He was a member of the Holmes-Weatherly Award Committee in 1970 and 1971. He also served as Chairman of the Washington Advisory Committee to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Department of Social Responsibility in 1967; as well as the Commission on Education for Professional Religious Leadership from 1970-1971.

Rev. Clarke enjoyed football, softball, golf, music, and reading. He was a guest on numerous religious television programs in Chicago, IL, Washington D.C., and Dallas, TX. He also volunteered at the Hadley School for the Blind and counseled prisoners.

Rev. Clarke is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anne; daughter, Betsy; son, Jim; grandchildren Marie and Justin; and great-granddaughter, Ava. He was predeceased by his sister, Helen, and brothers, Jim and Jack.

A memorial concert will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2013 3:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Anne Clarke at 10554 Applewood Drive, Sister Bay, WI 54234.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Society ─ Scandia Village at 10560 Applewood Rd., Sister Bay, WI 54234; or to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County at P.O. Box 859, Sister Bay, WI 54234.

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In Memory of . . . Nancy C. Roemheld (1932-2013)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Rev. Nancy C. Roemheld died on January 4, 2013. She was 80 years old.

Rev. Roemheld was born in Holyoke, MA on February 23, 1932 to Ruth and Frederick Stevens. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Alverno College in 1982. She went on to attain a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from The University of Chicago Divinity School, both in 1986.

Rev. Roemheld was ordained on June 1, 1986 at the Unitarian Church West in Brookfield, WI. She was first called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, GA from 1986-1994. She then embarked on a remarkable 12-year career as an interim minister where she served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro in Jamestown, NC from 1995-1996; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, CA from 1997-1999; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, NY from 1999-2000; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, AZ from 2000-2001; the Bradford Community Church UU in Kenosha, WI from 2001-2002; the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wilmington, NC from 2002-2003; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, PA from 2003-2005; the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos, CA from 2005-2006; and the First Unitarian Church of Omaha, NE from 2006 until her retirement in 2007. She also served as a chaplain at the Universal Unitarian Church of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from 1996-1997.

Committed to her faith, Rev. Roemheld was actively involved on all sides of the pulpit. She was a lay leader before becoming a minister. While serving the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, she was especially proud of the work she did to help guide the church through the construction of brand new facilities. She also served on the board of the UUA’s Central Midwest District.

In a sermon she delivered one Easter Sunday called "Waking Up/Eros and Pathos,” Rev. Roemheld spoke wisely of life’s certain and universal struggles:

From the depths of the collective human consciousness, the cosmic drama of the resurrection story emerged – to remind us that the heroic, fulfilled and therefore deathless life is achieved by surmounting some crucifixion, by living through some dark night of the soul; to remind us that the creative spirit of love lives in you and me…waiting to be expressed and experienced.

Rev. Roemheld is survived by daughter, Joanne R. Jeanguenat; daughter, Kathryn C. Zunac and husband, Mick; son, Steven F. Roemheld and wife, Margaret; daughter, MaryBeth Roemheld and partner, Laurie Gift; grandchildren, Kristen and Jonathan; and great-granddaughter, Nora. She was predeceased by her former husband and friend, Fred Roemheld.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Joanne R. Jeanguenat at 2702 Mason St., Madison, WI 53705.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Happy Endings No-Kill Animal Shelter, 5349 West Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53220; or to the Friends of the Unitarian Universalist Association at P.O. Box #55019, Boston, MA 02205.

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In Memory of . . . Donald J. Jacobsen, Sr. (1927-2013)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Rev. Donald J. Jacobsen, Sr. died on January 6, 2013 at the age of 85.

Rev. Jacobsen was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 17, 1927 to Mina and Frederick Jacobsen. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College in 1950. In 1952, he went on to earn a Master of Arts from Columbia University. Finally, he received his Master of Divinity from St. Lawrence Theological School in 1955.

Rev. Jacobsen was ordained at the Unitarian Church of Fort Worth, TX on October 18, 1955. He was first called to serve the Unitarian Church of Fort Worth in 1955 and he stayed there until 1957. From 1962-1965, he served the Neighborhood Church of Pasadena, CA as their Minister of Education. He was then called to the First Universalist Society of Chicago, IL and served as their minister from 1954-1970. Lastly, from 1970 until his retirement in 1987, he served as Minister of Education to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, GA.

Proudly dedicated to the denomination, Rev. Jacobsen was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association (UUMA), the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA), the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation (UUWF), the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), and the friends of Religious Humanism FRH). He also served as Chairman of the Social Responsibility Committee of the Central Midwest District.

Throughout his life, Rev. Jacobsen played an active role in the civil rights struggle. He worked as a volunteer with the NAACP and the American Friends Service Committee Job Opportunities Program; and served as the Chicago Area Coordinator for the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. He was also a member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Abortion Rights Action League.

In addition to his ministerial career, Rev. Jacobsen taught elementary school, worked in psychiatric hospitals, and served in the Hospital Corps of the United States Navy.

In an autobiographical piece entitled, "Religious Odyssey,” Rev. Jacobsen writes:

What is important for me religiously is intelligent caring concern – attempting to love more fully and more helpfully to empower others to fulfill themselves, and to attempt to find ways where this kind of caring becomes more of a force in our congregation, in our community, in our nation, and in our world.

Rev. Jacobsen is survived by his wife, Ann Ehrlich; daughter, Karen Jacobsen-Mispagel; son, James Jacobsen; and grandchildren, Heather Mispagel Ganio, Benjamin Mispagel, and Elizabeth Jacobsen. His son, Donald Jacobsen, Jr., predeceased him.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Dr. Karen Jacobsen-Mispagel at 1120 Cherokee Circle, Athens, GA 30606.

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