Harry Earl Stetser
Mr. Harry Earl Stetser, age 80, of Bear, DE, formerly of Winterville, NC, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
Born in Paulsboro, NJ, on May 17, 1930, Mr. Stetser was the son of the late Joseph Stetser and Jenny Dill. As a young man, he sailed with the Merchant Marine and later proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. In civilian life, he chose social work for his profession, retiring from the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired after a long and rewarding career.
Mr. Stetser enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies and interests throughout his life. An avid reader from his youth, he was delighted to share and recommend favorite books from his large personal library. He loved traveling to many interesting destinations with his wife and especially looked forward to trips featuring water and sunshine. A great fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, he was the proud recipient of a coveted sideline press pass for many years.
Mr. Stetser believed in living life to the fullest (often by indulging his sweet tooth!) and encouraging everyone around him to do the same. Even in his later years, he astounded everyone, including his many friends at the Newark Senior Center Adult Day Care Program, with his happy manner and active lifestyle.
Mr. Stetser was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and will be sadly missed by the many people who loved him. His beloved wife, Virginia Cook Stetser, died in 2009. He is survived by his sons, Harry J. Stetser of Bear, DE, and Leonard Fones of Independence, MO; daughter, Linda Fones-Barletto of Meshoppen, PA; sister, Catherine Snyder of Pitman, NJ; grandchildren, Ryan and Amanda Stetser, both of New Castle, DE; and niece, Barbara Ann Thurston of Pitman, NJ.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Stetser may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
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