Passed on Thursday, 09 April 2015
The Rev. George Fiencke passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from heart failure, as a result of his declining health over the preceding years. George is terribly missed and deeply loved by his sons Thomas and Jonathan (Beth) Fiencke; his granddaughter Sylvia Fiencke; sister Ellen Fiencke Whitaker (Gary); cousins Jacklyn Orlando, Susan Koch Morris (Bill), Robert Koch; and nephews Ralph and Charles Torello.
George was born in Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY to parents Jean and Edward Fiencke. He loved the Boy Scouts, and spent many summers at various Boy Scout camps and jamborees, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. George became a member of the Reformed Church in Bronxville during the early 1950s, and although his path in life took him to different states and countries, he retained a non-resident membership there until his recent death.
George graduated from Amherst College in June of 1966, after which he was commissioned as an officer in the US Army, and assigned to Intelligence at Holabird Army Base before being re-assigned to Munich, Germany, for three years. Upon his return from Munich, George enrolled in the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, in New Brunswick, NJ, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in May of 1975. He was ordained a month later by the Reverend Dr. Charles Copenhaver as a Dutch Reformed Minister at the Dutch Reformed Church of Bronxville, NY, on June 23, 1975, the very first to be ordained in that church.
From 1977 to 1986 George was minister of the Hampton Congregational Church, in Hampton, CT, but returned to active military duty in 1987 as an Army Chaplain at Ft. Meade, MD, attaining the rank of Major. George was buried at Quantico National Cemetery on Monday, April 20, 2015.