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Janet Schieber

Janet Schieber, 57, of East Oak Lane, a teacher in the Philadelphia public school system for more than 30 years, died July 11 of inflammatory breast cancer at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Schieber was the wife of David Schieber, proprietor of Jonathan Best, a gourmet food market in Chestnut Hill and the Reading Terminal.

Until she became ill four months ago, Mrs. Schieber had taught third grade at the Rhawnhurst School for the last seven years.

She began her teaching career at the Hill School in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia. Later she taught for 15 years at the Blaine School in North Philadelphia, where she was given the Ruth Hayre Community Service Award, named in honor of a former president of the Philadelphia Board of Education.

Mrs. Schieber also taught at the Creighton School in Northeast Philadelphia.

She was a graduate of Olney High School and attended Community College of Philadelphia, where she met her future husband. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Temple University.

In the summer, Mrs. Schieber assisted her husband in his market.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons Jonathan and Michael; a daughter, Colleen, and sisters Jacklyn King, Jeanne Fogarty and Anna Marie McCall. A brother, Michael Wood, preceded her in death.

A funeral service was held July 16 at Abington Friends Meeting. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Alex Lemonade Foundation, 333 Lancaster Ave., #414, Wynnewood, PA 19096 or online at


Beverlee G. Kirkland

Beverlee Gail Kirkland, 61, of Glenside, an administrator who was active in church affairs, died July 14 of complications of diabetes at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Kirkland and her husband, Collier Kirkland, were founding members of Cresheim Valley Church in Chestnut Hill.

Before she had become disabled 10 years ago, Mrs. Kirkland was an administrator for Integrated Diabetes Services in Wynnewood. In 1973, she became administrator for the newly established Church of Our Savior, a non-denominational church in Wayne, and later was an administrative assistant at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation in Glenside.

She also helped found the Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center in Bryn Mawr and served on the board of Phil-Mont Christian Academy in Erdenheim.

The former Beverlee McLeod, Mrs. Kirkland was born in Havertown. She graduated from Havertown High School and Villanova University. For several years, she worked for Campus Crusade for Christ in California, England and West Germany.

In addition to her husband of 32 years, she is survived by a daughter, Beverlee Nicole, and a brother, E. Bruce McLeod.

A memorial service was held July 18 at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.

Memorial donations may be made to Cresheim Valley Church, P.O. Box 4030, Philadelphia, PA 19118.