STINE, Claire Leslie
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Claire Leslie Stine, 1928-2013 of Marietta passed away August 30 at home due to natural causes, a few days shy of his 85th birthday. He was born and raised near Goshen, Indiana, the youngest child of Ora W. and Madge. A star athlete, 4-H State Champion and church leader as a youth, he was graduated from Millersburg (IN) High School and Manchester College, North Manchester, IN. It was at Manchester College he met his wife of 58 years, Jane Burkholder Stine, who predeceased him in 2011.Claire’s life was filled with family, faith, volunteer service and professional achievement. He was raised in the church, taught Sunday School throughout his adult life, served on numerous Church boards and committees, and was known as an inspirational leader of hymn and vesper singing. Claire and Jane raised their family in Fort Wayne, IN, and there were active members of Beacon Heights of Church of the Brethren. When he and Jane moved to the Atlanta area in 1984, they joined the Chestnut Ridge Christian Church, Marietta, and found there a community of love and friendship. His faith guided his volunteer service. As a teenager on the family dairy farm, Claire raised the three heifers (named Faith, Hope, and Charity) that, when shipped to Puerto Rico in 1944, commenced the “Heifers for Relief” program that grew into the global program for hunger relief known today as Heifer International. Immediately following marriage in 1952, he and Jane moved to Fresno, CA, and there led the North Avenue Community Center, providing health, social and recreational services. During the years in Fort Wayne, Claire served as Scoutmaster and Little League coach, and rarely missed a son’s athletic competition, concert, or school event. In the Atlanta area, he was a member of Kiwanis, served on the Board of Campbell-Stone retirement centers, and worked regularly at the Marietta Food Pantry. He and Jane supported Heifer International throughout their years, and visited Heifer projects in Poland in 2007. Professionally, Claire was among the first generation of corporate information technology leaders. He served as the Vice President of Information Services of the Mutual Security Life Insurance Company of Fort Wayne prior to joining the Life Office Management Association (LOMA) in Atlanta in the same positioning 1984. He is survived by sons Mark K. (Debbie), of Indianapolis, IN; Jon C. (Lisa), of Portland, OR; Craig O. (Jeannette Wilcox), of Greenville, SC, and Todd A. (Sarah) of Woodway, WA; and six grandchildren. Siblings Victor and Carol preceded him in death. A service to celebrate Claire’s life will be Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. at the Chestnut Ridge Christian Church (2663 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062-5251.) In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Heifer International (One World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202) or the Chestnut Ridge Christian Church.

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