UNADILLA — On Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, the Rev. Fayetta “Faye” Van Dermark, 63, victoriously went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ after a 14 year battle with cancer. She bravely departed this life peacefully at home with her loving family at her side.
Born on May 22, 1949, in Walton, Faye was the daughter of the late Hilton and Dorothea (Cummings) Shackelton. She grew up in Norwich and attended Norwich High School.
In September of 1966, Faye married Roy Van Dermark in Norwich, and shared 46 years together at their home in Unadilla.
A beloved minister, teacher, co-worker, and friend, Faye touched the lives of many through her life and ministry.
Faye was ordained Deacon by the Episcopal Diocese of Albany in her home church of St. Matthew’s Unadilla on Sept. 9, 2001, and served in several churches including: Christ Church, Gilbertsville; St. Paul’s, Franklin; St. Paul’s, Sidney; and as Deacon at Large throughout the Dioceses of Albany.
Most recently she served as Deacon with her husband, the Rev. Roy Van Dermark at St. Timothy’s, Westford. Faye was a member of St. Clares Order of The Franciscan Community of The Holy Cross, and participated as Spiritual Advisor to youth ministries including Happening and the Diocesan youth camp Beaver Cross.
Gaining strength through adversity, Faye believed in the power of healing prayer and used her own life experience as a testament to God’s Love. She attended the School of Healing Prayer and served as an intern to the Rev. Nigel Mumford at Christ the King, Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich.
Faye was also a published author, her works including: “A Gift of a Rose” (2007) and “Healing in the Garden” (2009), both speaking to healing and the spiritual significance of Prayer, Praise, Persistence, Passion, and Presence of The Lord _ elements which she named the “Five P’s.”
Always thinking of others before herself, Faye actively ministered throughout her battle with cancer. Whether in the hospital receiving treatment, or as a participant in the American Cancer Society’s, Relay for Life program, her humor and joyful presence touched many hearts and stands as inspiration to afflicted and survivors alike. Faye was dedicated to a life of service and actively participated in her local community.
She worked for many years within the Unatego School District, working at Unadilla Elementary School, and as a library media aide at Unatego High School. A dearly loved member of the Unatego faculty, she spent over 12 years as advisor to the student council and Unatego Spartan cheerleading.
In 1993, she was named “Employee of the Year,” and in 2002, received the James C. Earl award given by the Board of Education for her unselfish and tireless efforts toward the betterment of the school district and the students.
Additionally, she spent many summers working as the TLC director at Camp Shankitunk, a 4-H camp in Delhi, and was also a member of the Unadilla Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Faye is survived by her husband, the Rev. Roy Van Dermark; and her three sons and daughters-in-law. Scott and Elizabeth (Whittington) Van Dermark of Creagerstown, Md., Steven and Kristine (Koerner) Van Dermark of Sidney, and Sherman and Kelly (Murray) Van Dermark of Annandale, Va.; as well as nine grandchildren, Katherine, Joshua, Samantha, Jacob and Ashton Van Dermark, Daphne, Laura, and Charlie O’Donnell; and Christopher Campbell.
She was predeceased by her parents; and brother, Roger Shackelton.
She is survived by her sister, Louise Harrison (Shackelton) and friend, Olon Archer of Lakeland, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bruce and Cindy (Forsythe) Shackelton of Sidney, Ralph and Lola (Ball) Shackelton of Lakeland, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Patricia Shackelton of Oxford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held at Westcott Funeral Home, 123 Main St., Unadilla, between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.
Additionally, a service celebrating Faye’s life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 240 Main St., Unadilla, with the Right Rev. William Love, the Bishop of the Episcopal Dioceses of Albany, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, American Cancer Society, or the Unadilla Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.