Virginia Schoenbohm Clymer


Relationship to conference: Wife of retired Bishop Wayne Clymer, who died in 2013.

Date of death: March 21, 2020 at age 96

Arrangements: A memorial service will be planned later in the year.

Appointment information: Bishop Clymer was ordained in the early 1940s and served as an elder with the Evangelical United Brethren Church prior to the merger that formed The United Methodist Church in 1968. He served churches in New York, was a professor and president of Evangelical Theological Seminary in Illinois, and served as president of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). He was elected bishop and served as the Minnesota Episcopal Area's bishop from 1972 to 1980, before serving as resident bishop for the Iowa Episcopal Area from 1980 to 1984. He retired in 1984 and was then appointed as bishop in residence at Hennepin Avenue UMC in Minneapolis.

Mrs. Clymer is survived by her children, Susan and Steven; step-children, Herbert, Gretchen, Kenton, and Richard; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wilko Schoenbohm; her second husband, Bishop Wayne Clymer; and her step-child, Siegfried.

Cards of condolence can be sent to Susan Schoenbohm, 2024 B Castleman Dr., Nashville, TN 37215.

Memorials can be sent to Hennepin Avenue UMC.

An obituary will appear soon in the Star Tribune

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