Beatrice “Bea” Stuhmer of Hendersonville died peacefully on December 3, 2019 at Carolina Village,
Hendersonville after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by Robert “Bob” Stuhmer, her loving
husband of 65 years. Bea was born in Spring Valley, New York on September 17, 1920 to Richard and Jane Ann (Jennie)
Kliethermes. She grew up in Spring Valley, New York and graduated from Spring Valley High School in
1936. In 1938, Bea graduated from Edgewood Park Junior College with a Medical Assistant Certificate.
Bea married her high school sweetheart, Robert (Bob) Stuhmer in 1941 and he soon thereafter was
called into the army for the duration of WWII. In 1944 Bea enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps and
served in a variety of medical administrative posts, finishing her military service at Rattlesnake Air Force
Base in Peyote, Texas. She was one of the first WACs to be assigned to the Air Force. Following their
service, she and Bob moved to Pearl River, New York where they raised their three sons. Bea resumed
her career, serving in a variety of positions, including executive secretary to the Superintendent of Pearl
River Schools and executive secretarial positions at Hudson Laboratories of Columbia University and at
Caudill, Rowlett & Scott.
From Pearl River, Bea and Bob moved to Kent, Ohio in 1972, where Bea served as executive secretary for
the American School Health Association. In 1978 following Bob’s retirement, ((Bea & Bob moved to
Houston Texas, where Bea worked for the McGovern Allergy Clinic and then finished her career as
executive assistant to the Head of Orthopedic Surgery at Houston Medical Center.
Bea and Bob then retired to Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1985 where they became members of the
Unitarian Universalist Church. Bea was a lifelong lover of dogs and cats of which she had many, and her
service to the community including taking her beloved “Mike” as therapy dog to Hospice and nursing
homes. She also performed many administrative duties as a Hospice volunteer. Bea was also a
consummate weaver and a member of the Western North Carolina Fibers/Hand
After Bob’s passing in 2006, Bea maintained their home in Hendersonville until 2011 when she moved to
She is survived by her sons Richard Thomas Stuhmer and his wife Irene, of Ozark, Alabama; Paul Robert
Stuhmer and his wife Lou Ann, of Germantown Maryland, and Jeffrey Charles Stuhmer and his wife,
Renate, of Hendersonville; one granddaughter, one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Carolina Village Hall with Rev. Don Taws officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at a later date with Military Honors.
Memorial donations may be made to Carolina Village Endowment Fund.
Arrangements are in the care of Shuler Funeral Home, Hendersonville, NC.
Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
Carolina Village Hall
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