Elsie Doris Schenck Cadden, 97, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Brigantine, N.J., passed away at home and crossed over on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. She was born in Atlantic City, N.J., daughter of Laurence Wilson Schenck and Sylvia Arbigast Schenck, on March 12, 1921.
Cadden grew up alongside her brother, Larry, on the dunes of Brigantine Island. She loved telling the stories of growing up on the island, going to school in a class of five and then graduating from Atlantic City High School in a class of more than 500.
Cadden went on to join the Navy in 1943, as a WAVE during World War II. She was stationed in Bainbridge, Md., where she met her husband, Chief Stephen Cadden. She was a real estate broker in the 1950s, a librarian at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1960s, and was able to spend many years again on Brigantine Island until she and her husband moved to Ocean View in the 1980s.
After moving to Delaware, Cadden became a fixture at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, where she joined Sodality; organized retreat trips; for more than 25 years worked on and eventually ran the annual Bazaar; and developed the library, which she oversaw until its closing.
Her exacting nature was evident in the many needlework pieces she made, the Irish knit sweaters she donated and the beautiful embroidery she created for several of the quilts that were raffled. In 2007, she was honored to receive the Order of Merit from the Diocese of Wilmington.
In addition to her parents, Cadden was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen P. Cadden Jr.; son, Stephen P. Cadden III; brother, Laurence Schenck and his wife, Jane, of Philadelphia, Pa.; niece, Carol Schenck of Philadelphia and of Allen, Texas; and a housemate, Flossie Vogel of Millville, Del. She is survived by her nephew and his wife, Russell and Jo Schenck of Allen, Texas; niece, Helen Plouder and her family, of St. Peters, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Joy Cadden, and her brother, Alan Vogel, of Millville; and her step-grandchildren, Dylan Hamblin of Fenwick Island, Del., and Jessica and Simon Matesic of New York, New York.
A service and internment will be held on Nov. 9, 2018, at 2 p.m. in Millsboro, Del., at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life at the home of Joy and Al in Millville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations in Cadden’s name to St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.