Muriel G. Stiefel, 87, of Lewes, passed away Monday, April 29, 2013, at Delaware Hospice in Milford. She was born April 1, 1926, in Chicago, Ill., daughter of the late Benjamin and Bertha (Goldberg) Geller.
Muriel enjoyed a 30-year career as a legal secretary and office manager for David Wortman Esq. and Steven Nemeroff Esq., very prominent attorneys in Maryland.
Having bought a second home in Lewes in 1979, she and her husband Stanley relocated permanently to the area from their home in Hyattsville, Md. in 1990.
Muriel was a member of the Sussex Family YMCA for many years, where she participated in water aerobics. She also participated in water aerobics at her community pool and continually kept the “girls" laughing with her many quips during class. Muriel enjoyed going to lunch with her water aerobics "girls" and never turned down an opportunity to go out to eat or just go for a ride with a friend.
She was a loving woman who always spoke her mind. One never had to guess what Muriel might be thinking. She loved dogs and over the years owned many dogs of different shapes and sizes. There wasn't a dog that could get past her without first receiving a pat on the head and a loving nickname.
Muriel was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Muriel’s' lifelong goal was to always make people laugh, have fun in life and remain active until the last moments of her stay with friends and family. She wanted to be certain that a heartfelt thank you went out to all the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who enabled her to do just that!
She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Her humorous outlook on life will remain as footprints on the hearts of both friends and family.
In addition to her parents, Muriel was preceded in death by her loving husband, Stanley, in 2004. She is survived by her two sons: Barry Stiefel and wife Karen of Potomac, Md. and Dr. Jeffrey Stiefel and his wife Sharon of Stafford, Va.; six grandchildren: Cory Stiefel and wife Carolina of Columbia, Md., Stacy Laine and husband Keith of Bealton, Va., Kimberly Stiefel of San Francisco, Calif., Dr. Jody Grzybowski and husband Craig of Woodbridge, Va., Robert Stiefel of San Francisco and David Stiefel of Fredericksburg, Va.; and nine great-grandchildren: Casey, Cami, Reese, Sage, Bryar, Chase, Shaili, Rowen and Levin.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 5, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery where she will be joined again with her husband.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.