Ayleen <I>Miller</I> Stenger

Ayleen Miller Stenger

Death 14 Nov 2015 (aged 90)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 66, Grave 7028
Memorial ID 155050061 · View Source
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Ayleen was born on February 3, 1925, in La Follette, Tenn. As a child during the Depression era, she moved with her family to Akron, Ohio. Her father, Ernest Miller, found employment within the tire industry. Her mother, Cora Miller, set about the business of raising Ayleen and her older brother, James B. Miller.

While attending Akron's South High, Ayleen graduated class Valedictorian. More important to her, she had met her future husband and "Soul Mate", John E. Stenger. She was attracted by his sense of good humor, confidence, "joy of life" and his red 1941 Plymouth convertible.

Before the two could marry, World War II intervened. Ayleen endured the uncertainty of the times, including a period when he was incorrectly declared "MIA". Very fortunately, John survived and they were married on February 2, 1946. On their honeymoon, they traveled around the USA in a Nash automobile with a fold-down rear seat.
Back home in Akron, Ayleen continued working as a top-level secretary in Firestone Tire & Rubber's executive offices. Soon, though, her efforts were pleasantly redirected with the birth of her first child, daughter Lynn. A few years later, husband John's executive position with B.F. Goodrich Tire & Rubber took her in yet another direction - a trip impossible for that former Nash and reachable only by ocean-going vessel. This was to become her "Adventure of a Lifetime". Their destination was Singapore.

Singapore was a British Colony at the time. Business-related social life, including cocktail parties, was very much the custom. Ayleen, although shy and a bit nervous, simply amazed her husband with her ability to carry it off. He often remarked that "she could always remember everyone's name". In addition to her busy social life, Ayleen found time to have her second child, son Jack.

Via visits to the Near East and Europe, Ayleen returned with her family to Akron, Ohio in the mid-1950s. Soon it was time to venture into yet another direction - to New Providence, N.J. With John working in New York City, she took care of Lynn and Jack and made friends in the community. The New Providence Presbyterian Church served as a spiritual base for the Stenger family.

When John retired, Ayleen made one more directional change. "Together as One" they moved to Hanover, Pa. near daughter Lynn, son-in-law Bob and their grandchildren, Heather and Heidi. Ayleen met new friends, enjoyed gardening, reading on the porch with John, and cooking holiday dinners for her extended family. Heather remembers, "Grandma spent days preparing fabulous meals and always made you feel special and at home." Heidi recalls, "She was very gentle, attentive to detail and appreciated a good conversation."

Ayleen is survived by her daughter, Lynn D. Riese, and husband, Bob, of Hanover; her son, Jack D. Stenger, and his wife, Linda, of Harrisonburg, Va.; two grandchildren, Heather L. Riese of Pittsburgh, and Heidi R. Smith and her husband, Conrad of Zelienople, Pa.; and one great-grandchild, Amanda Ayleen Smith, also of Zelienople. Arrangements will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Published in Hanover Evening Sun on Dec. 3, 2015

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