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Majors Meitrott retire

On June 20, 2014, Majors Bernard W. and Claranne Meitrott retired from active service as Salvation Army officers. Major Claranne Meitrott had served as the territorial social ministries secretary and as children’s services consultant. Major Bernard Meitrott had served as assistant territorial finance secretary.

The Montclair Citadel Band provided music for the occasion, which was attended by many family, friends, and officers. Lt. Colonel Kenneth W. Maynor, territorial program secretary, presided over the meeting that included songs of worship led by Major Glenn C. Bloomfield, territorial finance secretary, and accompanied by Hazel Jane Bauman. A dramatic vignette performed by Carol Jaudes, as well as various scripture readings, set a spiritual and festive tone for the meeting.

Lt. Colonel Richard D. Dean conducted the retirement ceremony, followed by a prayer of dedication by Lt. Colonel Sandra Dean. Flagbearers were B. William Meitrott and Majors Bonita J. and Glenn G. Snyder, Philadelphia (Roxborough Citadel), Pa., corps officers.

Commissioned as part of the “Soldiers of the Cross” session in 1975, the Meitrotts served as corps officers until 1989, when they assumed appointments at Territorial Headquarters in the legal and personnel departments.

Their service continued at divisional headquarters in EPA, EMPIRE, SWONEKY, WEPASA, and New Jersey. Providing emotional and spiritual care in the aftermath of 9/11 and the Quecreek mining disaster opened the door to appointments in social service ministries for Major Claranne, while Major Bernard continued his work in the Army’s legal and financial areas.

In retirement, Major Claranne will serve as the territorial pathway of hope consultant. Major Bernard will serve in the Territorial Finance Department.

by Warren L. Maye

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