|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Monday, 09 July 2012 09:37|
Nilda J. Stinson was born on July 25, 1922 in Arequipa, Peru, South America. She was one of four daughters born to Felix Castro, colonel in the Peruvian army, and Angelica Perea de Castro, artist. Nilda died on Saturday, July 7, 2012.
Nilda learned English and French at an American high school in Lima, Peru. In 1938, at age 16, Nilda came to the United States with her oldest sister, Leonor Schofield and Leonor's husband, Daniel Schofield, and attended the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in sociology. Nilda graduated summa cum laude.
She then attended the University of Iowa, receiving a master's degree in sociology. There, Nilda met Robert E. Stinson, helping him to translate articles in Spanish that he needed to write his master's thesis. Nilda pursued a doctorate at Washington State University at Pullman, where she worked for a time on the Gallup Poll. She married Bob Stinson in August, 1949.
After moving to Bowling Green in 1949, where Bob became a professor in the School of Art at Bowling Green State University, Nilda began to teach, a devotion to helping children and young people that was to become a lifelong pursuit. Area children knew Mrs. Stinson as teacher of physical education (her minor), English as a second language, Spanish, and preschool in her home, as well as through her talks about Latin America.
Nilda was a pioneer in teaching Laban-based creative movement and dance, which she studied In New York, Canada and England. She taught many children these elements of dance and her own "Wonder of the Senses & the Arts" in the Creative Arts Program at BGSU, at the Peace Lutheran Church, as well as in her home.
Nilda was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
Her youngest sister, Elsa Gayoso still lives in Lima, Peru. Nilda is survived also by her husband, Bob, Bowling Green, and two daughters, Pamela Stinson-Bell, Senior Production Editor at Paulist Press, New Jersey, and Melanie A. Stinson, author/artist/bodywork therapist, and Reiki teacher, Bowling Green.
A memorial service will be held for Nilda on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11 a.m. at DUNN FUNERAL HOME 408 W. Wooster St., located in the Historical District of Bowling Green. Hospice of Northwest Ohio Pastor Karen Thompson will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family by visiting www.dunnfuneralhome.com.
For those who wish, the family suggests donations be made in Nilda's name to The Hospice of Northwest Ohio and the Children's Resource Center.
The family wishes to express gratitude to Nilda's close friends, her aides and nurses past and present, Wood County Hospital, Nursing Resources, Blakely Care Center, and the Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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