Dorothy Leback

Obituary of Dorothy Leback

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Dorothy Jewel Stiver Leback of Skillman, NJ passed away at home on January 16th. Born on October 29, 1922 in New Paris Indiana, Jewel was the daughter of the late Ora and Georgia Stiver. She was predeceased by her sisters, Carol Mills Roth, Jeri Bigler and Esther Rock Christy, her brother Stanley S. Stiver, and son-in-law Simon Sitwell of England. She is survived by her husband, Captain Warren G. Leback; three children: Warren Thomas Leback and his wife Chloe of Charlottesville, VA; Christine Leback Sitwell of Heytesbury, England; and Karen F. Leback of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren: Todd Leback and his wife Lisa Grove of Charlottesville, VA; Emily Leback Achin and her husband John of Lexington, VA; Peter Leback of Houston, TX; and Sergey Sitwell of Heytesbury, England; and five great-grandchildren: Miles Rodi and Maude Leback of Charlottesville, VA; and Henry, Clover, and Violet Achin of Lexington, VA. Jewel graduated from New Paris High School in 1940 and received a General Business degree from Fort Wayne International College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After working as a bookkeeper for Goshen Churn and Ladder, she enlisted in 1944 in the United State Coast Guard as a SPAR. Upon completing basic training in Palm Beach, Florida, she was assigned to the SPAR unit in San Francisco where she met her future husband. Her last duty station was in Ketchikan, Alaska. She was honorably discharged in 1946. Jewel and Warren were married on January 25, 1947 in New Paris, Indiana, and began their 66 year marriage in New York City where Warren sailed for Grace Line. They also lived in Barranquilla and Cartegena, Colombia; Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Chatham, Princeton, and Skillman, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; and Washington, DC. She traveled extensively with her husband throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and New Zealand. During her life, Jewel had been a deacon at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ and an active volunteer with many church groups and philanthropic organizations in New Jersey, New Orleans and Houston. Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Jewel's wish was for donations to be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church for the Dorothy Jewel Leback Deacon's Library or to the charity of your choice. Jewel's ashes will be buried in the New Paris Cemetery (Indiana) at a later date.
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