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Obituary: Emilie Clare Holmes Stahl, 1927-2018

Published August 22, 2018 at 5:30 a.m.
Updated August 22, 2018 at 12:48 p.m.

Emilie Clare Holmes Stahl
  • Emilie Clare Holmes Stahl

Tega Cay, South Carolina

On Monday, August 13, 2018, Clare Stahl passed away at age 91 in Tega Cay, S.C. She previously resided in Madison, N.J.; Hamburg, N.Y.; and South Burlington, Vt.

Clare was born on May 4, 1927, in Orange, N.J., to Arthur and Leonora Holmes. She received a BA in political science from Wilson College, her great-aunt’s alma mater. She married Richard Stahl on February 4, 1950, and they raised two daughters.

Clare made friends wherever she went and welcomed everyone into her home without hesitation. Forever curious, she was an intrepid traveler, voracious reader, librarian, gardener, knitter, silk-screener, "Jeopardy!" aficionado and queen of the fresh blueberry pie. Throughout her life, she was active in her churches and the League of Women Voters.

Clare was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dick; her brother Bill; her parents; and her stepmother, Lillian. She is survived by her beloved sister Marge Brown of Simsbury, Conn.; her loving daughters, Pat Sears (Michael Rosenberg) of Winooski, Vt., and Barb Gueltig (Terry) of Tega Cay, S.C.; her adored grandchildren, Sarah Sears, Taylor Sears, Heather Ledbetter and Kelly Mims; her cherished step-grandchildren, Tom, Rob, Jon and Mike; and her beloved great-grandchildren, Sam, Raylee and Emery Clare, who made her final years such a delight.

Funeral and burial services will be held by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Clare’s name to your local library or the League of Women Voters.

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