Linda Blazer, 82
August 21, 2020
Linda Blazer, 82, of Lancaster, passed away on August 21, 2020. Linda was born in Bluefield, WV to Ruth and Dale Kersey. She attended Duke University where she met her husband, Edward Blazer.
Linda is survived by sister (Alice), brother (Glen), numerous nieces and nephews, children: Benjamin Blazer (Kristine Yang) of Ft. Washington, PA Heather Leaman (Joe Leaman) of New Providence, PA, and Grace Blazer (Alex Fife) of Pembroke Pines, FL. Linda cherished music, education, friends, family, and especially her grandchildren, Nathan and Carson Blazer.
She appreciated the good friends she made in Myerstown and Lancaster. Most recently, Linda resided at Woodcrest Villa where she met wonderful new friends and reconnected others.
A Celebration of Life service will take place at 10AM, on Friday November 27th at the Charles F Snyder Funeral Home, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA. An interment at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harmonia Club of Lebanon or Lancaster Catholic High School.
Linda’s self-authored obituary follows:
While I’m sure that each of my children could write a fitting obituary, I am choosing to write my own. When all is said and done, I look back on a good life that isn’t necessarily handed to one, we make the choices that enable a good life. When things aren’t perfect, we can accept that or resolve to makes things better. I chose to do the latter. Looking back, I will list the things that made my life a good one.
Nursing was not necessarily what I wanted to do, but I went to school to become an anesthetist. Finding that unsatisfying, I chose mental health nursing and a career in practice and teaching. One of my goals was to de-stigmatize mental illness; I volunteered with the Mental Health Association, now called Mental Health America. I was on the organizing board for Harb-adult (now Transitional Living Center), an organization that addressed the need for low-income housing.
The love of my life, Ed (Pat) was a wonderful husband of 59 years. He was bright, caring, and moral. Together we created three individuals of whom we are very proud. We encouraged each to celebrate their individuality and I believe they have. Each has become successful in their own chosen careers. Grace in radio, Benjamin in music, composing, teaching and performance, and Heather as a teacher and professor of elementary education.
Nathan and Carson called me Grandma. They were my dears.
Another joy in my life has been my music. Starting piano at the age of 6, I have continued playing to this day. As an adult, I learned to play the harp, something I had always wanted to do. Although never accomplished, I have played with groups and performed some solo programs. Music has always been the great equalizer in my life and I’m indebted to those who have taught, guided, and encourage me.
I am choosing not to have a viewing, believing those who wanted to see me, did so while I was alive. I have cherished the friends I have made over time. To all, I love and say goodbye, and thank you for enhancing my life. My ashes will be added to Ed’s and scattered in the memorial garden at Fort Indiantown Gap. Ed was a veteran and chose to be among those who loved their country.
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Condolences to the Family
September 04, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I sang with Linda and Ed in Lebanon with the group OneAchord. Both of them loved music and shared this talent and gift with others in the service of our Lord Jesus. In Christ’s love Alice Light OneAchord Lebanon PA
September 03, 2020
She was such a wonderful lady, I had the opportunity to be her massage therapist over the last several months, loved our conversations and loved her amazing energy and drive for her life and family. She will be greatly missed.
September 01, 2020
Condolences to Grace, Heather and Ben and your families. So sorry to hear about your Mother. Going back many years when we met your parents and found both to be extremely nice. Thank you Grace for stopping by to tell John in person, it meant so much to him.
John and Marianne Palko
August 31, 2020
My sincere sympathy to the family. I worked with Linda as a nursing instructor at St Joseph School of Nursing and was so impressed by her character. She was so intelligent in her field and so very kind and genuine. Linda had a passion for life’s joys and a keen appreciation for others. Her light will remain in the people she loved ❤️
August 31, 2020
Linda was my psych nursing instructor. I will always remember her as someone who deeply cared for everyone she interacted with. She was genuine, intelligent and committed to making the world a better place. My condolences to her family as they grieve the loss of Linda and hope the memories of her beautiful soul will remain alive in their lives.