Fran Steir


Board Secretary, Finance Officer

My story?

I served as social action chair at Congregation Ohev Shalom for 15 years.  I belonged to the Chester chapter of Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence, serving as co-chair with Rev. Bernice Warren.  When Sr. Jean Rupertus learned of an opportunity to apply for a violence prevention grant from Catholic Health Initiatives (now CommonSpirit), I eagerly joined the working group.  Everyone needs to live and work in safety and peace.

Fran Stier earned a BA in anthropology at the University of Michigan and a PhD in anthropology at the University of Arizona, studying agriculture among the San Blas Cuna of Panama. She taught anthropology at Purdue for a year, and worked 3 years as Regional Anthropologist in West Africa for the United States Agency of International Development.

Fran then worked as an actuary, becoming a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1989, and doing financial reporting for life insurance companies for 34 years before retiring.

A member of Congregation Ohev Shalom of Wallingford since 1983, Fran served as Social Action chair for 15 years. She served as co-chair for the Chester/Delco chapter of Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence for 3 years