Rev. Frederick T. VanderPoel86, WWII veteran, photographer, played bagpipes

By on February 8, 2012

The Rev. Frederick Thomas VanderPoel, 86, of Lititz, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012.

He was the husband of Martha A. VanderPoel, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage. Frederick was born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, the son of the late Denton R. and Elizabeth Murphy VanderPoel.

He grew up on a farm on the banks of the Hudson River in Schuylerville, N.Y. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served during World War II as an airborne radar technician, after which he graduated from Cornell University. He was employed at Armstrong Cork Company from 1950 to 1956 as a research chemist and industrial insulation salesman. He attended Philadelphia Divinity School and was ordained as an Episcopal priest in Pittsburgh in 1957. He served as rector of parishes in Penn Hills; Severna Park, MD; and Kansas City, Mo., for 26 years; interim priest in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Alexandria, Va. (two parishes), and Salisbury, Md.; and as a bishop’s assistant in congregational development in the Diocese of Delaware. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and was a photographer for 72 years. He enjoyed photographing Lancaster County farm scenes. He also enjoyed playing the bagpipes and played with three different bands in Baltimore, Alexandria and Kansas City.

Frederick is survived by three daughters: Carol, wife of Ray Blake, of Lewes, Del.; Rebecca, wife of Alan Zoellner, of Williamsburg, Va.; and Gretchen, wife of Michael Flora, of Bloomington, Ind.; a son: Peter VanderPoel, husband of Carson Herrington, of Arlington, Va.; and six grandchildren: Ian and Luke Flora, Marta and Daniel Zoellner and Frederick and Lila VanderPoel.

He was preceded in death by his brother: Denton R. VanderPoel Jr.

Friends and family are invited to attend Frederick’s funeral service on Feb. 11 at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602, at 11 a.m. The interment will take place in St. James Church memorial garden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Frederick’s name to St. James Episcopal Church, 119 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602, or Lancaster Farmland Trust, 125 Lancaster Ave., Strasburg, PA 17579, or Luther Care, 600 E. Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543.

Online condolences may be posted at thegroffs.com.

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