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.”