Truth H. Schiffhauer


Truth H. Schiffhauer, known and loved for her quick wit, cheer­ful op­ti­mism, and fierce love of the writ­ten word, died on May 6, 2016 in In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana.

She was born to Mari­bel (Win­kler) and Bryan Haase on May 17, 1931, in Mor­gan­town, INa. At age 10, she moved to Henry County, IN, where she grad­u­ated from Knight­stown High School in 1949. On Aug. 26, 1950, she mar­ried Fran­cis A. Schiffhauer. Dur­ing their mar­riage they lived in Buf­falo, NY, Wilm­ing­ton, DE, Ba­ton Rouge, LA, and in Elk­ton and Bal­ti­more, MD. In the 1960’s, Truth re­turned to col­lege and earned a B.A. in English (magna cum laude) and a Mas­ter’s de­gree in Li­brary Science, both from the Univer­sity of New York at Buf­falo.

In 1984, her chil­dren raised, Truth em­barked on a pro­fes­sional ca­reer. The Delaware Hu­man­i­ties Fo­rum chose her to co­or­di­nate a book dis­cus­sion project for pub­lic li­braries, which was later ex­tended by the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Hu­man­i­ties through­out Delaware and the east­ern shore re­gions of Mary­land and Vir­ginia. In 1997, Truth re­tired as pro­gram di­rec­tor and con­sul­tant to the NEH in or­der to spend more time in vol­un­teer work and trav­el­ing with her hus­band. Truth worked at the Ce­cil County, MD pub­lic li­brary as li­brar­ian for adult pro­gram­ming from 1999 un­til 2002. Truth was also an ac­tive com­mu­nity mem­ber, vol­un­teer­ing for many years as a Girl Scout leader, in the League of Women Vot­ers, at St. Mary Anne’s Epis­co­pal Church, and with home­less shel­ters.

In ad­di­tion to her hus­band, she is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Michael (Re­becca), Matthew (Robin), Marian (Don) Er­ler, Daniel (Laura), Thomas (Chrissy), Peter (Re­nee), Fran­cis, Mar­garet (Timothy) Giar­dina; broth­ers Thomas (Judy), Jef­frey Haase; sis­ters Jan­ice Ken­dall (Jack, de­ceased), Dee Ellen Jar­boe; 13 grand­chil­dren, one great-grand­child, six step­grand­chil­dren, ten step­great-grand­chil­dren, and many nieces and neph­ews. She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents and her brother, Michael Haase.

Ser­vices will be held on May 15, 3 p.m., at the Hoosier Vil­lage Re­tire­ment Cen­ter Chapel, with call­ing be­gin­ning at 1:30. Memo­rial do­na­tions may be made to Wheeler Mis­sion Min­istries, 205 East New York St., In­di­anapo­lis, IN 46204 or at wheel­er­mis­


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