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Obituary of Henry Stiefel, 100

Name of Deceased Henry Stiefel
Age 100
Date of Death 03/29/2010
Date of Birth
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Henry Stiefel Henry Stiefel, 100, of State College, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at Foxdale Village, his residence for the past 18 years.

He is survived by Helen G. Stiefel, his wife of 67 years who still resides at Foxdale Village; also, sons Robert H. Stiefel, of Baltimore, Md., and Raymond A. Stiefel, of Rose, N.Y.; grandchildren Scott Stiefel, of Cleveland, Ohio, Theodore Stiefel, of San Diego, Calif., Benjamin Stiefel, of Baltimore, Md., and Rissa E. Stiefel, of Boulder, Colo.

Henry was a 1931 graduate of the New York State Merchant Marine Academy at Fort Schuyler, New York City, and served on a variety of ocean going vessels as he earned his way to becoming Ship's Master in the late 1930s. Some of his noteworthy placements include work aboard a trans-Atlantic Cable repair ship and several trips to a variety of African and South American ports for commercial purposes. One of his trans-Atlantic voyages included transporting renowned adventurers Martin and Osa Johnson, along with their airplane and gear, on their way to one of their explorations of Africa. During World War II he was commissioned by the US Navy to pilot a liberty ship from New York City to the ice free Russian port of Murmansk. He received late recognition of this service to our WW II ally when, in the early 1990s, he received a medal of commendation from the Russian government under President Boris Yeltsin.

In 1943, while teaching celestial navigation and "rules of the road" to students at Fort Schuyler, he met his future wife Helen Holly while both were chaperoning at a student dance. Henry and Helen were married on Dec. 24, 1943. In 1948, he and his young family moved to Rochester, N.Y. He accepted a position at the Eastman Kodak Company, where he was employed until his retirement in 1970. In his retirement years he donated much of his time to the Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, the Rochester Area United Nations and the Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross.

A memorial service for him will be held at Foxdale Village on Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. Condolences may be sent to Helen Stiefel, Foxdale Village, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College, PA 16801. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 689 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 or to the Foxdale Village Employee Appreciation Fund, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., Apt. D-53, State College, PA 16801.