OBITUARY

The Right Reverend Douglas Edwin Theuner

November 15, 1938November 8, 2013

The Rt. Rev. Douglas Edwin Theuner, VIIIth Bishop of New Hampshire (Episcopal Diocese) and a resident of Sunapee and Concord, died on Friday, November 8, 2013.

The son of Grace Elizabeth McKean and Alfred Edwin Kipp Theuner, he was born in the Bronx, New York City, on November 15, 1938. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jane Lois Szuhany Theuner, and two children, Elizabeth Susan DiTommaso and her husband Frank of Hampton NH and Nicholas Frederick Kipp Theuner and his wife Charlotte Driver of Morehead City, North Carolina, and by 5 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter: Amy Carmela DiTommaso and her husband Jarrod Manzer of Houston, TX; Alexandra Marie and Mariana Teresa DiTommaso of Hampton; Dakota Jean and Megan Nicole Theuner of Morehead City; Ophelia Manzer DiTommaso of Houston, TX; as well as by his dog Armando. Bishop Theuner held a B.A. degree from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio; a B.D. degree from Bexley Hall, the Divinity School of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio; and a M.A. in History from the University of Connecticut. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Cuttington University, Suacoco, Liberia, in 2000.

Following his ordinations as Deacon and Priest in Ohio in 1962, Bishop Theuner served congregations in Ohio and Connecticut before being elected Bishop Coadjutor of New Hampshire in 1985. Consecrated in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Manchester, in 1986, Bishop Theuner served as Bishop of New Hampshire until his retirement in 2004, at which time he was the third longest serving diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. From 1994 to 2002 he was the President of the First Province (New England) of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice of which he also served for five years as President.

Active in many local, national and international organizations, Bishop Theuner was a member of the board of directors of Lutheran Consolidated Community Services of Concord, and of the Advisory Committee for the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter of the First Congregational Church of Concord.

The Burial Office will be read in St. Paul’s Church, Concord, at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2013, and a Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at the Church of the Epiphany, Newport, at 3 p.m. that day. Following cremation, committal of the ashes will be at a later time in Lake Sunapee. Memorial donations may be made to the “Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Church in NH” 63 Green Street, Concord, NH 03301, and marked for the Bishop Charles Francis Hall Scholarship Fund at the White Mountain School or the Bishop Philip Alan Smith Scholarship Fund at the Holderness School. Undesignated gifts will be evenly divided between them.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, November 11, 2013
  • Requiem Eucharist Monday, November 11, 2013
REMEMBERING

The Right Reverend Douglas Edwin Theuner

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Nicholas Theuner

November 27, 2013

Dad,
Thanks for molding me into the man I am. I love you and miss you but will carry you with me forever.

Nick

November 18, 2013

SUE,
HIS LAST CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST AS A PRIEST WAS AT
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN SANBORNVILLE. HOW THRILLED WE WERE
TO HAVE THE BISHOP ELECT AT OUR PARISH CHURCH. SOON AFTER,
HE CAME BACK TO ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST AS THE BISHOP AND
CONFIRMED CANDIDATES FOR THE SACRAMENT. ELAINE AND I
TOOK YOU BOTH TO DINNER AND WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME.
i LAST SAW THE BISHOP AT TRINITY, HAMPTON FOR THEIR 50TH
ANIVERSARY AND SPENT SOME TIME WITH HIM.

I REMEMBER YOU AND CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES AT
THIS TIME. BRAD TRAFTON, 2 WILLOWBROOK, ROCHESTER, N. H.
03867.

BJ Ellyson

November 13, 2013

Sue, Ashtabula, Ohio is far off but I still fondly remember you and Doug there. Sending our prayers and sympathy to you and your family.

Kelly Rob, RJ / Barbara Soboslai / Emerson

November 13, 2013

Bishop Thruner, You were not just my Bishop you were my friend, mentor and support for our family and always had a smile and hug. Rest in peace you will be trruly missed

MaryLou Fowler

November 13, 2013

Dear Sue and Liz, Nick and all the rest of your family, I babbled on facebook when I saw this. Just can't believe it.
Doug's faith was so strong that I know he's where he'd want to be if not with you. We had so many wonderful times together. You have been in my nightly prayers for a long time. Now I pray for the peace that only He can bring to you. I love you.
EmmyLu

Muriel Back

November 12, 2013

Dear Sue, remembering the good times we had in Stamford and Sunapee. Martha and I send our love
Muriel

Brad Huddleston

November 12, 2013

Peg & I remember good times together at
St George's

November 12, 2013

Bishop Theuner was a beloved figure at the White Mountain School from which I and two of my sisters graduated.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Stefanie Valar

Dakota Theuner

November 12, 2013

I love you papa! Thank you for all you have done.

November 11, 2013

Liz, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today.

Nancy Prendergast