Ethel Shuster Clendenin, 93, of Leesburg, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at Spring Arbor Assisted Living.
Born in Colwyn, PA, to the late Lawrence and Ethel (Clark) Shuster, she was a graduate of Germantown High School in Philadelphia. Ethel loved music and after graduating, moved to New York City and began living and working at The Greenwich Music School. Later she moved back to Philadelphia and worked in the library and took some piano classes at the Curtis Institute of Music.
She was married to Thomas Fauntleroy Clendenin of Plainfield, New Jersey. As a career officer, Tom’s involvement in the Army required moves to bases in Georgia, Washington State and during the Korean War, necessitated several trips to Europe as well as a temporary move to Germany. Their marriage ended in divorce. With abundant love from her brother, his wife Anne, father-in-law, Edward Hume Clendenin, extended Chamberlin, Stahl and Edwards families, and Falls Church friends, Ethel kept her home on Tyson Drive in Falls Church and dedicated herself to raising her two sons. She found employment at Lord & Taylors and taught piano to school age children most afternoons from her home. Years later, after her sons moved on to attend college, Ethel auditioned and was accepted by the Reston Chorale where her love of music was further cultivated. She later continued her singing with the Old Dominion Chorale where lasting friendships were made. Ethel made lifetime friends of all ages. It was not uncommon for Ethel and her neighborhood and Chorale friends to attend orchestral, choral, and dramatic productions weekly.
Ethel leaves her two sons, Lawrence (Larry) Clendenin of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Bruce Clendenin and his wife Carol of Waterford, Virginia, her grandchildren, Dr. Vanessa Clendenin of Lawton, OK, Eliot Clendenin of Bozeman, Montana, Daniel Clendenin and wife Virginia of Fredericksburg, VA, Aubrey Clendenin and Russell Clendenin of Waterford, VA, great grandchildren, Alexis Hanson and Lillian and Bruce Clendenin, sister-in-law Maureen Shuster, her nephews and their wives.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, James Shuster and first wife, Anne Shuster of Doylestown, Pennsylvania and daughter-in- law, Kathleen (Casey) Clendenin of Santa Fe, NM. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am November 10, 2018 at the Mount Hebron Cemetery Chapel in Winchester Virginia.
Memorial donations may be made in Ethel’s memory to your local hospice charity.