Category: In Memoriam

Kurt J. Leithauser

Kurt J. Leithauser


Member of St. Mark’s since 2015

Private Service of Celebration of Life was held in the memorial gardens on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020.

Rubye Rae Methven

Rubye Rae Methven

Member of St. Mark’s since 1991.

Memorial services to be announced.

copied from Venice Gondolier obituary:

Rubye Rae Methven (nee Kephart), age 96, longtime resident of Venice, Florida, died peacefully Monday, March 30, 2020, at home with her daughter Karen by her side.

She was born Nov. 1, 1923, in St. Louis, Missouri. Rae was a graduate of Prospect Park High School, Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, Class of 1941. She attended the University of Alabama.

She married James Methven on June 7, 1947, and celebrated 63 years of marriage at the time of his passing.
She was a longtime, devoted member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and worked at Divine Consign thrift shop until its closing. She was also a member of the Venice Elks Ladies Auxiliary, Friends of the Venice Public Library and the Senior Friendship Center.

She was the loving mother of James N. Methven III (Sandra) of Wayne, Pennsylvania, and Karen Methven Kissane (Ted) of Venice and St. Albans Bay, Vermont. She is also survived by grandchildren Carrie Methven of Wayne, Christopher Methven (Julie) of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, Lynsey Kissane of Toronto, Canada, and Courtney Kissane of Brooklyn, New York; and great-grandchildren Kelsey Methven and Connor Methven.

Mrs. Methven was predeceased by her husband, James N. Methven Jr., by her parents, Klare and Effie Kephart.

Services: Interment will be private. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be arranged at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at a later date.

Robert (Bob) Piestch

Robert (Bob) Piestch

Member of St. Mark’s since 1996.

(Obituary provided by his family)

Robert P. Pietsch, age 89, of Venice, Florida passed away on March 5, 2020 in the presence of family. Bob, as he was affectionately known, was born on November 20, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Edwin Denby High School and then became a certified medical technician with the US Army where he served overseas during the Korean War. After returning stateside, he attended and graduated from Michigan State University. While at MSU he was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. As a salesman, he spent most of his career with Pfizer Labs.

Bob married his grade school and high school sweetheart Suzanne (Sue), who preceded him in death after 48 years of marriage. Together they raised two boys; in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan before retiring to Venice Florida.

Bob was an active member of Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was on the Vestry, a Lay Reader and Eucharistic Minister. He was also active with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Venice, Florida. An avid boater, he spent much of his time on the water, either Lake Erie in the summer or the Gulf intercostal in the winter. He and Sue were active with the Venice Yacht Club for many years.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and his wife. He is survived by two sons, their wives, and five grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Venice, Florida later this spring. Interment will be held in the church memorial gardens where he will join his late wife, Sue.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, for the benefit of the memorial gardens, mailing address: 513 Nassua St S, Venice, FL 34285.