Nora A. Umiker, 90

Nora A. Umiker, 90, of Lancaster, passed away at Homestead Village Retirement Community, Lancaster on Friday, November 2, 2012. She was born in Windermere, England on July 3, 1922 to the late Ralph A. and Nora Longmire Burton, who moved to the United States with their seven children the following year.

She was the wife of the late Dr. William O. Umiker, to whom she was married for 63 years until his passing. Nora was raised in Norfolk, VA, where she met Dr. Umiker, when he was stationed there at the Norfolk naval base during World War II. Nora enjoyed the life of a Navy wife, particularly the adventure of moving from state to state.  After leaving the Navy in 1954, Dr. Umiker taught at the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine and they lived in Ann Arbor. They settled in Lancaster in 1960.

Nora will be greatly missed by her three daughters, Lynn. C. Bailey, wife of Rodney Bailey of Williamsport,  Jean Umiker-Sebeok, wife of Mark T. Day, of Chevy Chase, MD, and Susanne Spurlock of Lancaster.  Nora is also survived by six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.   She will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews in Norfolk, VA, Buffalo, NY, and Poland, Ohio.

Nora was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was a tireless volunteer for many organizations, including Head Start, St. Joseph Hospital Medical Auxiliary, St. Joseph Hospital gift shop, Homestead Village Retirement Community, and the Iris Club. She was a long term member of the Hamilton Club, Lancaster Riding and Tennis Club, and the Iris Club. Nora and Bill also enjoyed attending meetings and events as members of TROA, The Retired Officers Association and they regularly participated in Quest for Learning seminars in Lancaster. She took pleasure in her years on the duckpin bowling team at the Hamilton Club, gardening, reading, walking, and was an enthusiastic fan and supporter of live theater. She particularly liked travel with her husband, when he attended various medical conferences and WWII reunions all over the country. She was an avid University of Michigan fan.

There will be a private memorial gathering of close family members. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA   17604-4125 or To send the family online condolences, please visit Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory 717-393-9661

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I am so sorry that you lost your mother, grandmother, great grandmother. I enjoyed working for her at Homestead Village. We had some great talks about the family, the Navy, the hospital, and the USO.
I truly will miss her! She was the kind of person that you wished had more in your life! Thank You,

Eugenia Ziegler

Hi Lynn,

I haven’t been on Facebook for awhile, and the first thing that I see is that your Mother has passed away. Having only met her one time in Lancaster, many years ago, I still remember her wonderful chicken salad. Go figure, I know, but she was a lovely lady and one that you can be proud to honor.

So sorry for your loss, always Donna C Fontinel

To Lynn, Jean and Suzi,

I will miss your Mother very much. She was my dear friend and we enjoyed our many days at the Pool, lunches, movies with dinner and the Fulton shows. She so loved her girls sand her Grandchildren. You took such good care of her, especially in the final months.  Your obituary was very moving and it reminded me of the good times she shared with me. It was my pleasure to know her and her family.

Pat Jones

Dear Jean, Lynn and Susan: Norman and I send our sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother. She and your father were dear neighbors. Nora and I had a common interest in gardening that led to many front yard talks. I am glad that she did not have to suffer very long. You all have been such good daughters to her, for which she often expressed her gratitude. We send our love and sympathy to you all.

Eleanor and Norman Taylor

To Nora’a daughters

Each time I drive past Nora’s home on Apostle Way I am reminded of Nora and the many hours we chatted while at the pool. Nora was a joy; she loved to talk about her days at Michigan when "Bill" was in med school and from there how they came to live in Lancaster. Her conversations were always filled with family names and one could appreciate her affection and interest in all the family. I am glad I got to know her…she was a lady through and through

Carole A. Symonds

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