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Barbara C. Roewe

Barbara Clancy Roewe, age 89, of Hockessin, Delaware, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Cokesbury Village.

Barbara was born in Washington, D.C., daughter of the late Thomas M. and Anna King Clancy. She grew up in Washington with a house full of relatives and music. She met her husband, George Roewe at Wilson Teacher’s College as he was looking for a pianist to accompany his clarinet playing. He found an accompanist for life. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Delaware. She taught english, journalism and was a reading specialist at Alexis I. Dupont High School for 27 years.

Barbara served on the board of directors for the Delaware Press Association (DPA), The Delaware Institute for Arts in Education, The MidAtlantic Chamber Music Society, The First Unitarian Church and Kids Count. In 2008, she was the recipient of the communicator of achievement award, which is the highest honor the DPA bestows on its members. The award recognizes exemplary service to the DPA and the National Federation of Press Women. She was the president of the Delaware Press Association for 2 years and a facilitator for the YWCA sponsored high school study circles. She was also a Sunday school teacher for 30 years at the First Unitarian Church, where she served as music committee chair, long range planning committee and social justice working group chair. She served as chair for the lecture committee at Cokesbury Retirement Village and the Academy of Life-Long Learning.

She performed countless hours as a sing-a-long accompanist at retirement homes and played trombone in numerous community bands.

Barbara is survived by her 3 children, Jay Roewe and his wife Liz, Wynn Roewe Davis and her husband Bill, and Scott Roewe, her 3 grandchildren, Christopher Roewe, Nicholas Roewe and William Scott Davis Jr.

A Memorial Service will be on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 1:30PM, Cokesbury Village, 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, Delaware, 19707. For attendance and Covid-19 protocols please contact Chandler Funeral Home, 302-478-7100.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the distinguished Medill Cherub Summer Program for aspiring high school journalists at Northwestern University, 1201 Davis Street, Suite 1-400, Evanston, IL 60208-4410. Please note in the memo “donation to Medill Cherubs in Barbara Roewe’s memory”. For online donations, visit: HTTPS://tinyurl.com/BCRoewedonation.

Funeral Services

A Memorial Service will be on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 1:30PM, Cokesbury Village, 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, Delaware, 19707. For attendance and Covid-19 protocols please contact Chandler Funeral Home, 302-478-7100.

Condolences

    Matt Jamison writes,
    Mrs. Roewe was my high school home room teacher. She took an interest in me and was a real encouragement. Having a former student recall an instructor after so many years says something really positive about that teacher. My condolences to Mrs. Roewe’s Family. God Bless.
    07/18/2021 09:52 am
    Jim & Stephanie Duncan writes,
    We didn’t know Barbara personally however we do know her thru her children. Wynn, Scott & Jay are her legacy and will continue honoring her with their actions of which she will be proud.
    07/18/2021 12:31 pm
    Kurt Weiss writes,
    My time growing up in Delaware would not be complete without any mention about Barbara Roewe. As a classmate of Scott's back in the 70's, I spent many countless hours in his home listening and creating music. Mrs. Roewe always made me feel welcome in her home and there was always a small bowl of jello in the fridge with my name on it(!). Her ginger snap cookie recipe is a permanent fixture in the Weiss family recipe book. I will always remember her as being a bright, cheerful and positive woman. I am very sad to hear of her passing. My sincere condolences to the Roewe family.
    08/05/2021 04:39 pm

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